Trying to make a living on the river, during the worst drought on record, conspired to keep Kathy and me out of the mountains all summer. But September finally arrived, and we closed up shop after the conclusion of the Labor Day weekend.
From where we live, in Embudo (NM), the closest access to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Rio Santa Barbara, which drains to the north off the slopes of North Truchas and Chimayosos Peaks, in the Pecos Wilderness. A short hike (3 miles round-trip) goes to a bridge. On this particular walk, we carried binocs and camera, but no fishing rods.
One comes to a good-sized pool, at the point where the trail begins to closely follow the creek. In the pool were some brown trout: