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Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures, Bumble Bee, ghost town, Sunset Point Rest Stop, Black Canyon City, AZ, USA,

Small towns in the American Southwest (LAPC)

Above/featured: I-17 Sunset Point Rest Stop, near ghost town of Bumble Bee: Black Canyon City, AZ – 17 Oct 2018 (X70).

A memorable road trip through the American Southwest included over three-thousand miles of driving through Arizona (AZ) and New Mexico (NM). We encountered many small towns: some of them were easy to pass through, while others were “must see”. We wanted to stop in as many as we could, but time and itinerary were as always the usual culprits. Guess we’ll have to return.

  • Abiquiú, NM: about 250 people
  • Bitter Springs, AZ: about 400 people
  • Continental Divide, AZ: about 500 people
  • Magdalena, NM: about 900 people
  • Marble Canyon, AZ: about 400 people
  • Pie Town, NM: about 200 people
  • Quemado, NM: about 250 people
  • Show Low, AZ: about 11000 people
  • Springerville, AZ: about 2000 people
  • Taos Pueblo, NM: about 200 people

I gathered population estimates online from Wikipedia and/or the US Census, and I’ve rounded the numbers up to the nearest 50.

Abiquiú, NM

Abiquiú Home and Studio, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA,

East view from Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio: Rio Chama valley, highway US-84, Mesa de Abiquiú – 10 Oct 2018 (X70).

Bitter Springs, AZ

Continental Divide, AZ

Magdalena, NM

US 60, Magdalena, New Mexico, USA,

First State Bank (with nods to Friedlander) – 19 Oct 2018 (X70).

Marble Canyon, AZ

House Rock Valley Overlook, House Rock Valley, Vermilion Cliffs, Colorado Plateau, US 89A, US Route 89A, Arizona, USA,

Overlook onto House Rock Valley & Vermilion Cliffs; low population density but people do live in the area – 13 Oct 2018 (6D1).

Pie Town, NM

Pie Town, New Mexico, USA,

Pie Crossing – 19 Oct 2018 (X70).

Quemado, NM

Show Low, AZ

Deuce of Clubs Ave, Show Low, Arizona, USA,

Deuce of Clubs Avenue – 19 Oct 2018 (X70).

Springerville, AZ

Taos Pueblo, NM

Taos Pueblo, UNESCO, World Heritage, New Mexico, USA,

Characteristics of this UNESCO World Heritage Site: ochres and blues, no electricity or running water – 11 Oct 2018 (X70).

I made all pictures above on 10, 11, 12, 13, and 19 Oct 2018 with a Canon 6D mark 1 (6D1) and a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70); alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as Acknowledgements go to Amy for LAPC no.64 (21 to 27 Sep 2019).

7 Responses to “Small towns in the American Southwest (LAPC)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Amy. I think there’s a remote dangerous beauty to the vast spaces and endless skies in both Arizona and New Mexico: very attractive and tempting, and a big reason why I’d like to go back and explore some more. Thanks again!


    • fotoeins

      Hi, John. If the American drive appeals to you (as it does for me) and you haven’t already done so, may I suggest US 60 as a present-day proxy (but not direct equivalent) to the old and now-decommissoned US 66. And if you do spend time on the 60, you’ll drive through central Arizona and central New Mexico, making your way through tiny towns such as Pie Town. And when you set out for the drive, may I also recommend the time between mid-spring and early-autumn for peak activity and best conditions. Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Patti. I knew something of the allure, but driving parts of US-66 and US-60 got me hooked, and I very much want to go back. On our drive from Santa Fe to Flagstaff, Gallup was supposed to be a short 1-hour stop, but after a few hours, we had to move on; we agreed we could’ve stayed for the day. Thanks for your kind comments!

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