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ake to the creek instead of the trail. Sometimes the regular trails are just not enough. Not enough fun, not enough exercise, not enough challenge. Here is a suggestion to try during the hot summer months. All you need is a pair of shoes with a good grip that you don’t mind getting wet. The official trail is called “Bridal Falls” in High Rolls. You find it by turning left at the post office sign (as you come up the mountain from Alamogordo) in High Rolls. The road is Cherry Blossom Way and after a curve to the right you turn left onto Country Road 162. Follow that for a few miles until you get to the trail-head marker “Bridal Falls” and park your car here. Ignore the first turn to the right and keep going downhill to the second turn which quickly leads to an old trestle bridge. At the bridge you clamber down to the right side and enter the fun, also known as the creek. For a while you might be able to keep your feet dry but where is the point in that? Our group quickly sloshed and splashed through the cool water on a hot day in late June. As the creek progresses upstream, you will encounter some more difficult hurdles. Big boulders block the flow of the water partially, creating beautiful little waterfalls. Either tackle these head-on or find a trail around them. All along the regular trail is just up the berm to your right, sometimes so close that you can chat with hikers up there, sometimes farther away. This comes in handy if you have members in your hiking party who are not in the mood for bouldering. They can take the easy way above.
After about a mile in the stream you come to a fence. Make your way up to the right then until you encounter the trail and follow it to the Bridal Falls at the end. A lookout shelter provides some shade and a bench. You can also climb all the way up close to the waterfall for a great photo op. The surrounding area has an old train station with a couple of disintegrating houses around it. The lumber trains going up to Cloudcroft stopped here, giving the occasional passenger a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the view to the waterfall. Bridal Falls is perennial and feeds the creek you just walked and climbed up. So it should have water all year round. But who wants to get their feet wet in cold weather? For the hike back you can take the easy route on the trestle trail. Wide and smooth with no significant altitude gain or loss, it’s an easy hike. This was my first hike in High Rolls, but I am certain to be back soon. During the hot months, this area offers a few degrees less heat than Las Cruces and the trestle trails are a well-developed system with many more options. Besides, who can resist the temptations of the Apple Barn just up the road? (No, they did not pay me to write this.) Be sensible when you go out there and bring enough water. Also, remember your hat and sunscreen. Enjoy the outdoors!
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Scott Thomson lives in Silver City and teaches natural horsemanship and foundation training. You can contact him at hsthomson@ msn.com of 575-388-1830.
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Of German origin, Gabriele Teich has called Las Cruces her home for almost 20 years — and loved every minute of it, hiking the mountains in the immediate surrounding area and all over this beautiful state.
sensory work, the greater your margin for safety when you ride your horse. I’ve seen a lot of accidents over my years with horses, but almost none with riders who understand the nature of a horse and who constantly work on improving their leadership under pressure, through quality ground and sensory work, followed by the same work under saddle. You can’t change the nature of horses, but there is so much you can do to improve the odds of having a long and injury-free riding career. Commit to the one thing every good horseman will tell you is the closest thing to a magic bullet with horses – quality, consistent and frequent ground work. Assuming you have the right horse for your skill level, I’ve never seen this approach not work.
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race, rope or trail ride with no helmets, vests or one on one ground training with their horses. Adults go out for rides without helmets and without preparing their horses. People compete on the weekends in roping competitions with no thought about safety or their responsibilities in their jobs or to their families. I know riders who will wear a helmet when riding a bicycle but not when riding their horse. I’ve had people laugh when I suggest a riding vest or roll their eyes when I talk about sensory work for increased safety. I’ve always found it odd that we somehow see riding horses, just a recreational activity for most riders, as less dangerous than so many other activities that we would never do without thorough preparation, conditioning, training and the right equipment. I believe you should take every possible step to reduce the risk of injury with horses. That always comes back to doing as much as you can to build your relationship and your skills from the relative safety of the ground. The more you do your ground work, and especially creative and challenging
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