We had not risen very far in elevation, probably around 8,000 feet when we began to see snow patches in the shade like this one.
We passed alongside & through Hyde Memorial State Park which is not yet open. Beautiful campsites but really remote. We continued up the mountains seeing mainly pines then began to see aspens. This area has the most aspens in all of New Mexico so it will be something to behold in the fall. We have read that the ski lifts operate in the fall so you can look down at the golden leaves.
We stopped at an overlook with a sign naming the view points. I put a red arrow on one to show the peak that we can see from our campground. This campground is named for Tetilla Peak.
Our camera didn't cooperate at the ski basin so no photos from there. We could identify several ski runs with snow on them still. They had stopped operation though since lots of snow had melted.
When we arrived back in Santa Fe we drove past a building with very large sculptures. I couldn't resist snapping a couple of photos from the Jeep window as we drove past. One day we'll go back and see just what they are all about.
View the photos at Santa Fe Nat'l Forest Scenic Drive .