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2012-07-22  
Monticello Box, NM
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The last part of my fun three days in New Mexico before heading back to Tucson was to drive through the Monticello Box. This is about a 17 mile run in and out of Alamosa Creek along FR140 from NM52 on the northwest to the town of Monticello on the southeast. It is a pretty easy drive that basically requires high clearance, but four wheel drive is definitely recommended, as there is plenty of driving in water and sandy areas. This would not be the place to be during heavy rains or elevated stream flow however.

I drove it eastbound (downstream), but I would highly recommend going the other direction, saving the best (the narrows and Ojo Caliente) for last. There are a number of ranches along the drive, as this is mostly through private property. The scenery is enjoyable along the entire riparian corridor. I saw two blue herons along the drive, which is to be expected.

It was a fun day indeed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r49IJqnRyFg&feature=plcp

At Monticello I reached the junction with FR139 that I drove up to Springtime Campground on Friday, thus completing my big loop drive.

It is about 33 miles from Monticello to Winston, where there is a store and gas station. I didn't see any place to buy gas in Monticello, so you would need to fill up in Truth or Consequences if attempting this trip.
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