A few weeks ago we decided to take a Saturday morning and go see a local landmark, Tomé Hill. It's a volcanic hill that rises up from the valley floor, and is visible for quite a ways in all directions. It is right along the old Spanish El Camino Real (King's Highway) and would've been a good landmark for travelers going back and forth between Mexico and Santa Fe. There's a neat little park at the bottom of the hill with statues and signs telling the history of the area, and from there it is a 1/4 mile hike to the top of the hill. 1/4 mile doesn't sound too bad, but the hill is pretty steep and rocky, so it's harder than you might think, although still very doable.
|Looking through La Puerta Del Sol towards the trail head.|
|Took a break half way up for mom to rest and pick the thorn out of Erik's shoe. And for him to throw rocks.|
This is the only petroglyph we saw on our hike, but there are supposedly 1800 of them cataloged on the hill. It would've been really fun to see some more of them, but oh well.
|Two of the three crosses at the summit, there's an altar (I guess that's what you'd call it?) under the central cross.|
|I love this view of the valley. It's so typical of NM. Once you get too far away from the river, life seems to just dry up and the desert takes over.|