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Aug 31 2017
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Mills CanyonNortheast, NM
Northeast, NM
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Down by the River - Part Two
After camping by the Rio Grande River yesterday it was time to camp by the Canadian River today. I arrived at the beautiful setting in Mills Canyon just about at dark to set up. Whereas I was able to avoid the poison ivy on my hike this morning, I was unable to avoid the onslaught of mosquitoes that greeted me here. :lol: Deet was applied liberally.

There was only one other site occupied, so it was a nice quiet evening in camp. This really is quite the remote spot...it is a very nice campground with modern facilities. No water, no fee, and pack it in, pack it out. I selected a spot down in some junipers for a little shade and seclusion (not like that was a big deal here). Other than a couple of deer, I didn't see any other wildlife while there, which surprised me given how lush and wet things were near the river down in the canyon.

In the morning before leaving I drove over to the main event, the ruins of Melvin Mill's large ranch house. This was quite the operation long ago, but little remains today. Almost all of the trees he planted were swept away in the massive flood of 1904 (and likely some in other years as well). They were spread up and down the flood plain for several miles. I didn't do any other exploring, partly because I had a busy day ahead (culminating in my motel reservation later in Socorro), but also because this is a flood prone area that had seen a fair amount of recent rain. I didn't want to get stuck down in there, as it is a long way to the nearest ranch house in case of trouble.

On my way out I checked out the other campground (Mills Canyon Rim), which is smaller and is a good choice for those towing trailers or not having high clearance vehicles. I drove out through Roy, then west to I-25 at Wagon Mound. Along this section of highway you are treated to another crossing of the Canadian River dropping down into the deep gorge.

I really am glad I decided to see Mills Canyon again. A worthy, little known destination it is. :) Next up it was off to finally visit a spot I have known about for years: "Sodom on the Mora!" :o What is that? Loma Parda...a small settlement along the Mora River that had close ties to nearby Fort Union. I first read about it in Ralph Looney's excellent book on New Mexico ghost towns, "Haunted Highways."
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