New Mexico Badlands: Lybrook
In researching on the web and corresponding with other online parties with a love for the badlands, I learned enough about the area around Cuba, NM, to decide on that as the headquarters for my annual whirlwind Spring Break photo expedition.
Cuba sits at the center of a complex of badland terrains of amazing extent and diversity. Kudos to the folks at PhotoTrekNM for getting the information organized in one very useful website.
After the marathon 14 hour drive from Dallas, I checked in at the Frontier Motel and crashed for the night after enjoying a delicious Mexican dinner at El Bruno’s. The next morning I decided to drive to the Lybrook overlook, using the German language directions found on Westernlady’s World. (Thanks, Google Translate!)
It’s a good thing I made note of the mileage info between turns, because the maze of dirt roads encountered after the turnoff from Hwy. 550 turned out to be quite confusing. I’m not sure I would have found the overlook had it not been for these directions — it would undoubtedly have taken me quite a lot of backtracking and second-guessing.
Unfortunately the day was clear, as so many New Mexico days tend to be — great for enjoying the outdoors, not so wonderful for photography. But we roll with the punches when our time on site is limited, and I had only two full days to explore the region.
As mentioned on another excellent website, there is no way down from the overlook into the actual badlands, which must be accessed from secondary (and lesser!) roads farther NW. Having savored the view from above, that will definitely be on my agenda for a future trip.