Autumn has arrived and the leaves have begun to change. The light has turned as golden as the leaves, the weather is gorgeous, and it's the perfect time for some nature photography. In addition to the very popular Aspen Vista and Santa Fe Ski Basin, there are tons of lesser-known spots with beautiful views and smaller crowds. We were curious what our staff of Santa Fe residents had to say, so we rounded up their favorite scenic locations, and came up with places that will wow photographers and non-photographers alike. Now let's get out there and make some images!
Reid Callanan, Director
For me, it's Black Mesa. Coming from a geology background, I really appreciate the geologic features that make up the mesa, and I know is a spiritual land form for Native American peoples, so there's a spiritual aspect to it as well. With the combination of the beauty of the formation and the spiritual nature I get chills every time I pass it.
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Carrie McCarthy, Marketing Creative Director
The Abiquiu area, because of the diversity of the landscape. You can watch Abiquiu Lake turn a zillion different colors, there's Red Rocks, Plaza Blanca, the farmlands, and cottonwoods lining the banks of the Chama River—Abiquiu is a smorgasbord for the eyes and the camera!
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Melyssa Holik, Marketing Assistant
It's a little difficult to get to, but the view from Deception Peak is pretty amazing. The entire hike up is pretty, with wildflower meadows and mountain vistas, then the actual peak is above the tree line, so it's 360 degrees of beautiful. It's totally worth the hike.
Renie Haiduk, DIrector of Operations
My yard, because it's full of natural wildflowers and I can see the mountains from every angle. It's private so I can photograph in my pajamas. Oh, and there's a railroad trestle too. It's freakin' gorgeous!!
Brandon Johnson, Operations Assistant
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The Pecos Wilderness! It's a very different ecosystem than Santa Fe, but it's still close by. There's more water and you can get up into the big pines.
Will Van Beckum, Digital Lab Manager
There's spot off of the Nordic Trail where my fiancé Maddie and I go every year for her birthday. It's what I proposed last year, so now instead of birthday rock it's engagement rock! There's a great view from up there.
Abigail Moore, Digital Lab Assistant
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos is a stunning overlook with great view of the mountains.
Mignon Ohmura, Administration Assistant
I would say my favorite spot is probably Ghost Ranch, definitely. I like the diverse colors of the rock, the earth, the greenery, and the sky.
Cindy Ryker, Administration Assistant
My mind automatically goes to Tent Rocks. I know it's a popular destination, but it's so different and unusual. Yep, I have to say Tent Rocks.
Anne Fuller, Administration Manager
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas is New Mexico's only living history museum. It has beautiful vistas and is historically significant to the area.
Suey Surprise, Administration Assistant
Cross of the Martyrs has great panoramic views, plus it's close to downtown.
Jay Reisinger, Finance Assistant
My apartment. It's my sanctuary. I love going home there, I love the surroundings, I love the environment, and the quiet. Other than that, I really like The Workshops campus. Looking out the window of my office is probably the best view I've ever had.
Sharon Bain, Director of Finance
Heading out of Cochiti, on the way to Bandelier. It's a narrow road with tons of switchbacks, so you need a four-wheeler. Once you're there, it's 360 degrees of views: Santa Fe Ski Basin trails, the Jemez, Sandia and Ortiz Mountains ... everything. It's just spectacular.
Many of the favorites mentioned by our staff are also locations we visit for workshops. Join us, and let us know what your favorite Northern New Mexico scenic location is! For upcoming workshops, visit www.santafeworkshops.com.