Posted by: Huw Thomas | October 23, 2010

All downhill now!

Okay, I know that I promised Carolyn once before that we’d climbed our highest mountain pass but this time it’s really true.

On Friday morning we conquered the Palo Fechado Pass between Angel Fire and Taos. At 9,101 feet (that’s 2,774 metres for the rest of you) it was a smidgen higher than our previous record in Yellowstone of 8,319 feet (2,536 metres).

She's forgiven me.

Luckily, it was a fairly easy climb. Also we only had to ride seven miles from where we’d stayed in Angel Fire and then had about 20 miles of downhill to Taos. Cold but exhilarating and rather pretty.

So, I think I can safely say that although it won’t be exactly flat, overall it’s going to be all downhill now!



  1. You two are amazing, be careful out there! It was great to meet you both at the Castle Pines Rotary and looking forward to checking up on your travels.

    Blessings, Julie

  2. I thought about the fact that you still had trip over pass between Angel Fire and Taos, when you talked about trip between Cimmaron and
    Angel Fire. Glad it’s done. Hope you are out of wind today- it’s been fierce here in LV.
    See you on Friday evening

    • Didn’t escape the wind today. It was mostly downhill from Taos to Espanola but it was a much tougher ride than going over the pass to get to Taos. Keeping our fingers crossed that it dies down tomorrow – or gets behind us!
      See you Friday, Huw

  3. Huw and Carolyn, thinking of you two today as we’re getting our first real taste of winter in northern NM. Stay warm and be safe!!! 🙂

    • It was a little breezy! Think we’ll start heading south now.

  4. Huw & Carolyn,
    I’m very envious of your New Mexico trip. The first time I I ever saw the Rocky Mountains was a trip to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch just outside of Cimmaron. You road right up the middle of it when you rode from Cimmaron to Eagles Nest. Makes me want to go see the place again. And of course the first time around I missed “Cold Beer”.

    Have fun in Santa Fe


    • Thanks, Rich. Good to know you’re still following our progress. We didn’t have the best weather for the ride from Cimarron but it was still a really beautiful place.

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