So after talking with a few thru hikers I put some trail magic on, one from the Southwest, they said we should probably just stick with Northern New Mexico as no sense driving so far south when there is plenty of beauty in the north.
We've got 10-15 degree bags and both a double rainbow and a RAB Summit Mountain 4 season tent. What are thoughts on bringing the 4 season tent (in addition to the double rainbow)? Do people camp high on any of the mountains in the Sangra de Cristos or only in the cirques below mostly?
We also want to see some historical/cultural things while in New Mexico--based on my last trip there that was just a brief thing with a day hike or two, I visited Taos Pueblo, Bandolier, and Chaco Canyon. Is there anything else in the Northern half of the state that would take precedence over these? Bandolier was nice because there was a bit of a hike (small, but still something), Chaco canyon was incredible due to it's remoteness-but it is a minimum full day with lots of driving on both ends, if not more than one day by the time one hikes a while there and soaks it up, etc--I'm wondering if there is something else I could get into that isn't so time and location committing for a singular attraction.
As it stands we arrive on a Friday nite 9/17, saturday run some errands then head up to Chama area and camp with a family friend until Monday morning (I think) at Rio Del Los Pinos (creative name, huh?) doing some fishing there with them. Then we have until Sunday 9/26 3pm~ @ ABQ flying out at 6pm.
So, thoughts are doing maybe a 3-4 day trip, or multiple in-and-back over-nighters at various locations (like Wheeler Peak, Mt Baldy (I think?), Red River & Rio Grande Confluence, Bandolier?
Anyone have experience in cruces basin wilderness since that is very close? What would 2-3 days look like there?
Also, final question (and thank you for anyone patient enough to answer some of them!), is there a new mexico hiking forum? Washington state has Cascade Climbers/NWHikers.net.. Oregon has Portlandhikers.net.. etc