My personal best shots of beautiful New Mexico, USA – – using my inexpensive pocket camera


(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Beautiful autumn here in New Mexico, taken on October 23, 2019, 4:20 pm., in Rio Rancho by the Rio Grande (popularly known as the North Beach of Rio Rancho) – – in the background, part of the Sandia Mountains to the left and the Manzano Mountains to the right, way in the distance – – 72 degrees F (22 degrees C)

For directions on how to get to the North Beach area of Rio Rancho, go to the bottom of this page.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A festival of colors from Rio Rancho – – the desert, the river and the mountain – – taken on September 4, 2019, 7:15 p.m. – – again at the North Beach of the city)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A “family outing” the day after the storm, from Rio Rancho, November 22, 2019, 5 pm, temperature 48 F (8 C) – -taken at the North Beach, by the Rio Grande, looking towards the Sandia Mountains.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A peaceful scenery, taken on May 11, 2020, near the North Beach in Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite walking trail in Rio Rancho, with the Village of Corrales and Sandia Mountains in the distance – – June 6, 2019, 5 p.m. – – even though the temperature was 93 F, 34 C, it felt only like 70 F because of the dryness – – I love it!!)

CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains and Corrales in the background, from Rio Rancho….December 15, 2015….5 p.m…..temperature 30 degrees F  ( -2 degrees C).

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – I just love our beautiful desert environment here in New Mexico – – from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE PHOTOS FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The eastern end of the city of Rio Rancho, a modern city, the third largest city in New Mexico with a population of 100,000.  Area wise, it’s so spacious and spread out that there are no need for any tall buildings.  There is no “downtown” in this city.  The tallest building in Rio Rancho is a 5 story hospital.  And that’s about it, except for a couple or three more office buldings 3 or 4 stories tall.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds, taken on October 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m., from Rio Rancho’s public walking trail, looking at the Sandia Mountains)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The peaceful Rio Grande, as viewed from the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo, September 21, 2018)

(CLICK TO ENLARGE ABOVE – This is where I find peace and tranquility – – the view of the majestic Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande in New Mexico, USA – – taken from inside the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo.

In 1540, 500 Spanish soldiers (led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado) and 2000 Indian allies from New Spain (Mexico) entered this spot, which was inhabited by prosperous native farmers, i.e. the Tiwa people, whose ancestors had already been living in this area for thousands of years.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – full moon in Rio Rancho – – a beautiful evening, with the Sandia Mountains on the right – -December 16, 2013, 5:15 p.m, temperature 45 degrees F  (7 degrees C) – – .this is just a part of the easternmost area of Rio Rancho, a city with a population of 100,000)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT  – – a few minutes later, the same location as previous photo)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Signs of autumn in New Mexico, taken on October 8, 2018, 1:15 p.m. atop the Sandia Crest in Albuquerque, temperature 34 degree C  (1 degrees C), cold and foggy.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My ideal area for having a “Close Encounter” – –  The Cabezon Peak area, as seen from Hwy 550, just south of Cuba, New Mexico (between Rio Rancho and Cuba) – – November 1, 2018.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – indeed there is something magical about Cabezon Peak – – photo taken in 2013)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds as seen from across our street in Rio Rancho, taken on June 16, 2015, 8:15 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains from the Westside Blvd. in Rio Rancho, near Golf Course Rd., 4:45 p.m., rush hour – – folks coming back from work from Albuquerque, back to Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Snow, as seen on the east end of Rio Rancho, January 2, 2019)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sundown in Rio Rancho, September 17, 2017, 7 p.m., taken at a public walkway trail)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sandia Mountains at sundown, as seen from Rio Rancho, February 18, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The western portion of the Village of Corrales, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, taken on January 14, 2019, 5 p.m., from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The majestic clouds over the Sandia Mountains, as seen from the east end of Rio Rancho, taken on October 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Magnificent sunset, as seen from our backyard in Rio Rancho, taken on August 13, 2016, 7:45 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – “Fire in the Sky”, close-up shot of a great sunset taken from near Paseo del Norte and Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque, taken from a parking lot after we came out of a restaurant on October 27, 2018, celebrating my birthday !!)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The “Mothership” cloud, taken from the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque’s West Side, November 28, 2018, 5 p.m.)


How to get to the North Beach area of Rio Rancho.

From Rio Rancho:

Go east on 528 and make a right on Corrales Rd. (448) and make a left on Siphon Rd. (a well-maintained dirt/gravel road located right at the border line of Rio Rancho and Corrales).

Take this Siphon Rd.  (located alongside a small arroyo that separates Corrales from Rio Rancho) and drive to the parking lot.

This parking lot is not the same as the one accessed from a gravel road off Riverside Dr. in Rio Rancho (see above map).



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