Abiquiu is a little village about 40 miles south of Tierra Amarilla. Just outside the little village, off a country road, and then dirt road is Dar Al Islam Mosque and Plaza Blanca. Conlan, Gayle and I, along with several other member of the Chama Outdoor Club set out to explore this beautiful, tranquil, breathtaking area. We were really lucky in that, Tom (friend of Gayle's, and retired New Mexico State Park Ranger) was leading our hike. The weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Our goal was to reach the top of the mesa where there were some ruins of ancient gardens. The views on the way were spectacular.
Notice how well the color of this horny toad matches the ground. He almost got stepped on!