He was invited to play at a beer festival in Las Vegas. We have family there, so I decided to tag along. We prefer to do the drive in two days, not killing ourselves with a marathon car ride. Bluewater State Park is a nice half-way point for camping in New Mexico, and we entertained the idea of pitching our tent on this trip. But in the end we decided it might be too much with our new puppy and opted for the Sleep Inn in Gallup. Boy were we glad to have a hotel room after a day of driving head first into severe wind and landing in a very cold New Mexico!
Bowie did great in the car and slept a ton, but she got a bit anxious after about 6 hours.
We wanted to reward her with a nice long walk when we arrived at our destination, so we found a park on the map and headed there.
Red Rock Park is located on the East side of Gallup, NM. There was no fee to enter and on a Tuesday in winter, it was very quiet. There were two main hiking trails; one called the “Pyramid Trail” and the other “Church Rock.” That first afternoon when we drove into town, we chose to hike the Pyramid Trail.
There was still quite a bit of snow on the ground, which made for a fairly muddy excursion. The views were spectacular of Church Rock, even though we were on the Pyramid Trail. Overhead clouds became dense blankets, then cracked open to reveal the sun while we traveled upward.
Let’s just say that Bowie got a very good night’s sleep after all of her jumping, running and playing in the snow!
When we traveled back from Vegas, we stayed in Gallup, NM again and took her on the same trail before we hit the road in the morning. A week later the snow had melted and it was like a completely different trail. In the snow, we couldn’t tell where the trail led and just sort of forged our own path through thickets and cactus. On our second visit were were able to follow the real trail once we ascended the mountain, which lead to the pyramid.
Even though it was freezing, I’m so glad we hiked this trail in the snow. Our husky LOVED it and there’s something very beautiful about the desert in the snow. If you’re ever in Gallup, NM looking for something to do, spend a few hours at Red Rock Park!