Truchas Peaks. Charles Sargent Photography. Truchas Peak is the second highest independent peak in the US State of New Mexico. It is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains 26 mi northeast of Santa Fe. It lies within the Pecos Wilderness, part of the Santa Fe National Forest.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.