Posts From The Road: Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Lagoon and Pier: Fishermen fish from a pier at one of the three lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, Ariz. The large cottonwood trees surround the picnic area in the distance. Photo by Gary Warren/

Campground: Our campsite in the campground at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. There are tent sites as well as cabins to rent while staying at the park. Photo by Gary Warren/


Formerly of Los Alamos

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is just outside of Cottonwood, Ariz. on the Verde River.

One may wonder the origin of the name Dead Horse


On The Job: ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team

On the job Thursday are members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team from the Bradbury Science Museum. The team gathered in a local driveway to mock up the layout of their trailers. From left, Stacy Baker, Jonathan Creel, Jennifer Cline and BSM Director Linda Deck. They are developing two trailers in which to travel to festivals, STEM events and schools and universities around New Mexico. The trailers will carry experiential components that Lab staff will use to help people understand what LANL scientists are working on to make a better tomorrow.


NCRTD Announces Martin Luther King Holiday Closures

RTD 255 Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe will operate Monday and requires a reservation to ride. File photo


The North Central Regional Transit District RTD Blue Buses, will not be in service Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe will operate on that day and now requires a reservation to ride. 

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1.866.206.0754 ext. 2.


NCRTD Fleet Technician Recognized For Excellence

NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, left, recognizes Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple  for his above and beyond assistance to a bicyclist struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos. Courtesy/NCRTD


North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple was recognized by the District Board at its January meeting for going above and beyond by providing assistance to a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos last month.

Dalrymple had just completed his work at the NCRTD Taos facility and was on his way home to Española when he witnessed


Santa Fe National Forest Issues Seasonal Closure Order For Forest Roads That Cross Abiquiu Land Grant

SFNF issues closure order for Forest Road 418 and segments of FR 31 and FR 27. File photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 418 and the segments of Forest Roads (FR) 31 and 27 that cross the Abiquiu Land Grant on the Española Ranger District. 

The closure order, which is in effect through March 31, 2021, unless it is rescinded earlier, is intended to protect SFNF and Abiquiu Land Grant resources, including roads, soils and vegetation, that could be damaged by use during the wet winter season.

Specific areas affected


Many NCRTD Routes Operating Regular Route Schedules

Many Blue Bus routes begin operating on regular route schedules. File photo


Many North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Blue Bus routes have begun to operate on their regular route schedules.

Seating remains limited to provide social distance and adhere to groups of five or less. Visit the routes section at for the latest on all routes.

Face coverings are required to ride the Blue Bus and must remain on for the duration of one’s trip. The NCRTD continues to take aggressive measures to clean and disinfect passenger vehicles daily.

The District’s top priority


Posts From The Road: Cadillac Ranch Near Amarillo

Wide View: A wide view of the 10 Cadillacs buried nose first at Cadillac Ranch as other visitors approach the cars. The cold, gray, skies were not conducive to taking wide views but was ideal for looking closer at the vibrant colors of the Cadillacs. Photo by Gary Warren/

Getting Close: A closer view of the 10 cars at Cadillac Ranch reveal the various graffiti art and messages painted by visitors. If you choose to visit and paint, take a photo because it will be repainted within hours. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

If you have


NWS: Winter Storm Expected Saturday And Sunday

NWS News:

A winter storm is expected to impact northern and eastern New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday.

The weekend weather forecast for Los Alamos:

  • Saturday – A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Saturday Night – A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Sunday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. North wind around 5 mph becoming


Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review Part 2

Translucent: The beautiful hoodoos shine as if they are translucent at Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Shown is the formation ‘Thor’s Hammer’ in the foreground surrounded by oranges, pinks and white hoodoos. The large rock formations tower above the nearby pine trees. Photo by Gary Warren/

Dead Horse Point: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding red rock canyon lands. This view from dead Horse Point looking toward the east reveals canyons and geological formations within the park and the


Posts From The Road: 2020 Year In Review

Stop and go traffic. On an early fall outing, we drove the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway in northern Colorado. During the journey, we experienced stop and go traffic high in the mountains from a large herd of sheep traveling along the road. The delay was a delight for us as we gazed at and photographed the sheep for about an hour. Photo by Gary Warren/

Mission: The Mission San Xavier Del Bac is just south of Tucson, Ariz. We visited the site in early March and were in awe of the beauty of the mission. The white exterior of the Spanish style mission is visible for miles in the Arizona desert.