Let's set the scene: It was a Saturday in New Mexico in August, smack in the middle of a heat wave that featured daily temperatures around 100 degrees. Let's go wheeling out in the desert! On the face of it, going wheeling at 5,600 feet of elevation under a bright sun in the northern mountains of New Mexico doesn't sound like a good idea. But if you are like us, and within miles of a famous wheeling spot, you wouldn't sit around on your duff either. You'd get some Jeeps together, lock it in 4-Low, and go.
Those were the circumstances that took us out to Chokecherry Canyon on this bright summer day. We had heard everything from "It is just like Las Cruces, New Mexico," to "Well, it has slickrock just like Moab, Utah." The reality of it is somewhere in the middle. The rocks do offer great traction and there are some great climbs, but it really is its own kind of place. We ran Lower Rim and RJ's Trail and had a blast. If you ever find yourself in the northwest corner of New Mexico, you should check it out.