The dispersed site near Angel Fire (which we found on freecampsites.net) is definitely one of my favorite places we've camped thus far. At an elevation of approximately 9,000 ft., the cool mountain air was a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of Texas. Even though the cooler weather felt great, it was late August and we didn't really have much in the way of warm clothing and gear. I think I wore about four layers most mornings and evenings we were here!
It was just about everything we like in a remote spot: cell service, many places to walk, relatively quiet and clean, not too many people. Angel Fire, a cute little resort town popular with skiers and mountain bikers, was convenient for resupplying. Baron even found a bone!
We camped near a big, picturesque meadow frequented by a few van-lifers, the occasional bow hunter, and a herd of about 50 cattle. This area has many old logging and forest service roads, so we enjoyed many chilly, early morning walks through the forest.
We were finally able to enjoy a few camp fires! We don't get to have fires too often. One reason is that here in the southwest, fires are banned in many areas throughout the summer. Another reason, and the main one, is that to safely put out fires, they should be saturated with water and we generally don’t want to sacrifice drinking water and very rarely have a natural water source nearby.
It rained every afternoon for about a week. The cold and damp did admittedly get a bit old, but it did make for some lovely misty mornings.
I like to watch the cows, but when they get too close and come into camp it can get annoying after awhile. This is primarily because they drive Baron crazy and he really wants to chase them. I suppose eventually he might get used to them, but that did not happen while we were there.
From one extreme to another, after being hot for the last month, then being cold and damp for a couple of weeks, we went back to being hot and shedding the layers. Next stop, Caja del Rio plateau, just outside of Santa Fe.