This beautiful sandy dry stream bed serves as a hiking trail to get down to the Rio Grande from a Taos, New Mexico, subdivision 600 feet higher in elevation Around 7500 feet). During the spring, this stream runs with snowmelt into the Rio Grande. It’s amazing how the water has washed all the clay and silt out, and worn these tough volcanic rocks to a smooth finish.
You have to find a local with knowledge of this place- it’s well hidden. At the bottom of the trail that diverges southward from this stream there are hot springs bubbling up next to the Rio Grande.
This is now part of the new Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument
Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC, 3 images AEB +/-2, tripod mount, processed in aperture and the photomatix plugin