On the first official day of summer, we were already itching to camp, hike, fish, horseback ride – or just be outdoors!

At CVNM, we work hard to protect our Land of Enchantment by fighting alongside legislators, communities, and Conservation Voters like you for policies that respect the air we breathe and the water we drink. From the deepest cavern at Carlsbad to the top of Wheeler Peak, (and everything in between) it’s the love of our land that drives us every day in our work.

We asked our members and supporters to show us that place in New Mexico they’d almost always rather be for our “I’d rather be…” Summer Photography Contest.

Winners were chosen by our staff and will be featured on the homepage of our newly redesigned website for a month.

The ground rules:

  • The photo must be an original. No stock photos.
  • The photo must have at least one person in it in order to win.
  • The photo must be taken in New Mexico.
  • When you submit your photo, you must include information about where the photo was taken. The more specific the better!
  • The contest is open through July 22.
  • By submitting a photo, you agree to allow CVNM to publish your photograph. We will always give you credit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1st place – submitted by Don Neeper

Don Neeper, a resident of Los Alamos, submitted this photograph of his friend atop Santa Fe Baldy mountain.

What he had to say: “Here’s a photo looking northeast over the Pecos Wilderness from the top of Santa Fe Baldy mountain.  Katherine Lake is visible below the peak.   A day’s hike is necessary to get up there from parking at the Santa Fe ski basin.  The photo was taken at 1:09 p.m. on 8/25/2010.”

CarlyWeb22nd place – submitted by Carly Jones

Carly Jones, also a resident of Los Alamos, submitted this photograph taken by her friend and photographer Cait LeClaire.

What she had to say: “I’d rather be…horseback riding!”
The photo was taken in Pajarito Acres.

KellyGallagherWeb23rd place – submitted by Kelly Gallagher

What she had to say: “I’d rather be…on top of Wheeler Peak! With my pup Lucy of course!”

Kelly lives in Los Alamos.




4th place – submitted by Hamilton Brown

Hamilton Brown submitted this photo of his granddaughter, Ciara.

What he had to say: This was taken two years ago when I took my granddaughter Ciara to camp at Lost Lake in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness area. Lost lake is my most favorite place to spend time in the high country near our home in Arroyo Seco. After spending a night here, we climbed to Wheeler Peak; or I should say that I carried a pack with water and raincoats and she hopped, skipped, and danced up the mountain to the top.


 5th place – submitted by Glen Thamert

Glen Thamert, a resident of Jemez Springs, shared this photo of himself enjoying the area around his home.

What he had to say: “These photos are from my hike up here in Jemez Springs above Area One – west of Soda Damn.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

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