I have been gathering photos for stone steps
and now is a good time to take a look.
These first two photos are from a back yard
that also happens to be on the banks of the Rio Grande
in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Which means the large stones help stabilize the banks.
As long as Elephant Butte Dam holds there should be no problem
and the steps are very nicely done.
The stones along the side help pinch in the stepping stones
helping to keep them secure.
We saw these in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico near Taos.
These are also near (but not on) the Rio Grande
in Albuquerque's North Valley.
Let's hit the trail,
as the photos above and below show steps that are a bit more haphazard,
yet serve the purpose of a trail just fine.
With trail work stopping erosion is more important
than building the perfect step.
These are in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area
and only steps from the Rio Grande.
Both sets of steps were built by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps out of Taos,
who are also building some very nice trails in the recreation area.
The steps above go through a volcanic flow
and yes, despite their haphazard appearance, they work great.
Most importantly they are solid and secure.
Allison admires the steps that we installed in a trail
at Valley View Hot Springs in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.
For a how to see my post: Trail Work.
These last two photos are also from Valley View Hot Springs
and show some steps that I built some 10 years or more ago.
The rise and run are consistent
and the stones holding back the bank
also provide a nice place to sit and enjoy the view.
For more on stone steps see the posts:
Or you can go to LABELS on the right side bar and click on either,
Stairways or Stonework.