The Hidden Beauty of Johnson Mesa

 If you're ever in northern New Mexico near Raton, which is on Interstate 25, and want to visit Mount Capulin, consider taking NM 72 and NM 325 up through Johnson Mesa. I promise, if you love scenery, you will not be disappointed.

We've traveled on the mesa twice. Once in mid-summer and once in early September. Both times were beautiful, but the mid-summer visit was especially spectacular since summer rains had nourished the mesa causing green grasses and wildflowers to flourish.

Here are some pictures:

Johnson Mesa's highest elevation point is 8,000 feet.

The Windmill - a sign of the conquered West

Indian Paintbrush

I love the wide open spaces of the West.

Isn't it gorgeous? I think God must own a ranch up here or something.

And this September we captured some antelope on film. See the difference a little rain makes out here?

Across the highway from the antelope was this church:

Johnson Mesa Church, est. 1897
 All in all it was a beautiful day. It's definitely worth the trip.

Oh yeah. Don't forget your snacks. We love these salt and vinegar potato chips when it's hot outside.

Mike and the chips

Have a great Tuesday!