Angel Peak: New Mexico’s Canyonlands
Crunching came from under our car. Dust swirled behind us as the golden light washed across the land. Ping.
“Another rock.” I commented. We had nearly missed the long gravel road, even though we’d precisely followed the directions. There had been little signage.
In the distance, the pointed peak standing just left of center, that’s the Angel Peak.
About seventy-five million years ago, the entire area was created by uplift. Then, five million years ago a tributary of the Colorado River (the San Juan) began carving into the rock layers.
We were by ourselves on the drive along the rim. The view wasn’t extraordinary, but the colors in early morning light sure were. If you enjoy solitude, this is your place.
- Location: 15 miles south of Bloomfield on the US 550, turn on the CR7175. The gravel road heads due north for 6-8 miles.
- There are four pull offs with pit toilets and picnic shelters.
- There is a campground at the end of the gravel road. Camping is free but you’re responsible for your own trash and water.
- The recreation area is open year-round but it gets Arctic cold in the winter and Sahara hot in the mid-summer months.
What’s your favorite wilderness escape?
Four paws! Plenty of room to romp — if you like that.
Lane & Juliet
The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.