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Point of Rocks

Sometimes, the best adventures happen when you’ve been kidnapped.

Well, okay. Not really kidnapped, but definitely held captive.

Will, Jenny, and I had gone to town for dinner one Tuesday because we were bored, and instead of heading straight back to the Ranch after our meal, Will just kept driving.

We headed out past Miami and Springer and when Will spotted a sign for a random natural attraction, he turned off the highway. Ten miles later, we found Point of Rocks, an intrusion of igneous rock steeped in history from every era of American history (ancient history, Santa Fe Trail, Mexican War, Mormon Battalion, Civil War…). It’s located on a private ranch, but after ringing the bell, a sweet lady named Faye and her cute dog came out to greet us and to give us information about the site.

She invited us to hike around, but since it was getting dark, we decided to postpone our visit until the next time we had a day off together. It took us a few weeks, but we did finally make it out there on a gorgeous, sunny day that was perfect for hiking around.

We saw lots of rocks (obviously) and some pretty cool plants, too.

But my personal favorite sighting of the day were the roadrunners! I’ve never seen one before, and we saw TWO! They are some of the coolest birds I have ever seen.

According to a history by Harry C. Myers, “On Sunday, July 26, 1992, Point of Rocks was certified as the first site in New Mexico as part of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.” It’s a beautiful site, and truly worth the hike to the top.

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Jess Friedman
Jess is a Canadian-American who’s always ready for the next adventure. She loves all things living, always has a million creative projects in progress, and polishes her nerd badge daily. She is passionate about helping families make and preserve treasured memories that strengthen bonds across generations. You can read more posts by Jess here.

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    1. Thanks! I wish I had gotten a picture of both of them together, but I was in the back seat and couldn’t get a good shot through the window.

  1. What a cool place! Also roadrunners are all over the place down here, so just another reason to come visit! (We might even be able to scrounge up a javelina for you to see…)

  2. Thanks for sharing the images! I grew up on the Point of Rocks Ranch and love seeing images of home. (I am currently living in China, so I don’t drop by as often as I’d like)

    1. Hi Shawn! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures. I’ll bet Point of Rocks Ranch was a wonderful place to grow up. It sure is beautiful!

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