A BARK IN THE PARK - EL PASO/LAS CRUCES
The 45 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In The El Paso/Las Cruces Region
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ISBN: 9780964442764; paperback, 6x9, 144 pages
Places where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail...
Have you ever considered how far you walk with your dog? If you walk just 15 minutes a day you will have walked far enough in your dog's lifetime to cross the United States. With all that walking ahead of you, aren't you ready for a new place to take a hike with your dog?
A Bark In The Park: The 45 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In The El Paso/Las Cruces Region ranks the 45 top places to hike with your dog in the El Paso/Las Cruces area - all with your best friend in mind. Are there any places to take your dog swimming? Where are the best parks to walk the dog for more than one hour? Where can I find an off-leash "doggie social hour?" Where are the best parks to walk the dog and push the baby stroller? While walking her dog, author Jessica Powers also brings along generous helpings of local history, botany, geology, architecture and more.
14 Cool Things To See On El Paso Trails
With Your Dog
"If your dog is fat," the old saying goes, "you aren't getting enough exercise." But walking the dog need not be just about a little exercise. Here are 14 cool things you can see in greater El Paso/Las Cruces while out walking the dog.
AIRPLANES. Part of the hike through Box Canyon borders Las Cruces City Airport where you can observe vintage bi-planes and two-seaters droning past.
ARTWORK. The lined paths and grassy areas of Chamizal National Memorial are a delight for dog walkers, as is Our Heritage, the mural painted on the outside wall of the Chamizal. It is a fine representative of Chicano/Hispanic art, and is one of the better preserved murals in the city. It depicts the historical blending of cultures along the United States and Mexico border. BALD EAGLES. Caballo Lake is a great spot to scan the skies for Bald and Golden eagles while your dog enjoys a rare desert doggie dip.
BEACH. One of the most spectacular beaches in America is hundreds of miles from any ocean or lake. The white gypsum sand dunes at White Sands National Monument are the largest in the world. Visit at night in the summer when sand is cooler to the paw and the dunes are hauntingly beautiful. DAMS. The movement to build a dam on the Rio Grande started as early as 1896 but the plan was fraught with difficulty, not the least of which was the international implication of diverting water from Mexico. A water rights treaty was worked out on both sides of the border in 1906 and the Elephant Butte Dam, now a state park near Truth or Consequences, was completed a decade later. The concrete dam is one of the earliest and most important linchpins in the Bureau of Reclamation's overall plan for water in the West. Not as ornate, but a few years older, is the Leasburg Dam.
FORTS. Camp Furlong, in the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, was the staging ground for General John "Black Jack" Pershing and his 10,000-man Punitive Expedition to hunt down Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1916. Pershing invaded 400 miles intoMexico but never caught Villa. Several buildings remain from Camp Furlong in Pancho Villa State Park: a rec hall, camp headquarters and the judge advocate's office among them.
FOSSILS. The Robdelo Mountains contain an abundance of well-preserved vertebrate and invertebrate tracks from the Early Permian age 286 million years ago. Marine fossils are common on Crazy Cat Mountain trails. GRAVES. Concordia Cemetery contains 65,000 of them and you are welcome to tour this historic ground with your dog. The most famous gravesite, of Texas gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, wasn't even marked until 1965 - 70 years after his death.
HISTORIC BUILDINGS. The entire town of Lincoln, New Mexico is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a survivor of the bloody Lincoln County Wars. You and the dog can trace the events that turned an ordinary, unimpressive 17-year old William Bonney into the immortal "Billy the Kid."
OLD MINES. The only tin mines on the North American continent can be found in Franklin Mountain State Park. You and the dog will stand and peer into these historic treasure troves. More dangerous are the abandoned mines on the east side of Bishop Cap.
RELIGIOUS ICONS. Mt. Cristo Rey is the spot where two countries and three states come together and the summit is graced with the largest limestone cross in America, carved painstakingly for a year on the top of the mountain.
ROCKS. Rockhound State Park encourages you to collect and keep samples of rock you discover on your canine hikes here. This includes an abundance of beautiful red Jasper, a form of fine-grained quartz. You may be lucky enough to find white Opal, Agate, quartz crystals or thunder-eggs, which may be cut open to reveal spectacular minerals and formations inside. There is a fifteen-pound limit for rock fishermen here.
TELESCOPES. A hike to the top of Tortugas Mountain in Las Cruces will bring you and the dog to a 61-centimeter telescope reflector in use for the last 25 years, creating one of the largest planetary archives available in the U.S. It is currently being used to monitor storm systems on Jupiter.
VOLCANOES. Hunts Hole and Kilbourne Hole are "maar volcanoes." They formed as a result of volcanic explosions, resulting from hot magma coming into contact with ground water or shallow surface water. This contact changed the surface water into steam, causing an explosion that blew volcanic glass and other material out of the ground. The black rock you see as you hike around the rim or descend into the crater is lava rock called Afton basalt.
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