Pueblo Montaño at Sunset

I had heard of Pueblo Montaño, a park where there are supposed to be chainsaw sculptures, created from Cottonwoods killed during a wildfire.  However, I had never been there, and was not exactly sure where it was located.  I took this opportunity to go on a bike ride along the Rio Grande, looking for the place.

I found Pueblo Montaño just at sunset.

I knew the wildfire had been in the bosque along the river.  Also that it was near Montaño Boulevard.  In fact I had seen the burned-out forest as I drove across the Rio Grande on Montaño Boulevard.  However, I had never seen a park with chainsaw sculptures. As well as looking for Pueblo Montaño, I was exploring the trails along the river.  Because this ride was in the evening, I did not stop to take any pictures along the trail, wanting to use the available light to find the carvings.

Trees that had died as a result of the wildfire were left standing in place, and carved into amazing sculptures by local artists.

The gate to the Open Space Visitor Center was closed, so I parked in a church parking lot next door.  I then hopped on my bike and crossed the Corrales Main Drain to get on the levee road on the west bank of the river.  From there it was a straight shot to Montaño Boulevard.  A sign warned against crossing the busy road, and directed me east, into the woods.  The bosque had obviously suffered from fire here, and I was hopeful to find the alleged sculptures.  I followed a single-track all the way to the river, without discovering my goal.

One of the firefighters is also an artist. He carved this sculpture of a firefighter with his foot on the head of the fire dragon.

Retracing my path, I noticed a single-track heading under the Montaño bridge.  This path took me to the south side of Montaño, where it eventually joined a paved trail running beside the road.  I knew Coors Boulevard was not far to the west, and determined to explore this trail at least that far.

Just before the Montaño/Coors intersection, I found the Pueblo Montaño trailhead.  I took a few pictures as the sun was setting, and started exploring the levee road to the south.  But the lateness of the hour helped me decide to cut my explorations short and return.  This being late August, it did not get very dark immediately, but I did use lights on the return trip.

Adventure Maps

Click on this link Pueblo Montaño at Sunset at EveryTrail to see a larger map. Then select Satellite, go to the highest resolution, and see if you can pick out the carved trees.

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It was a pretty flat ride.