On a Tuesday afternoon, my boyfriend and I decided to find something relaxing to do. We drove west on Candelaria and parked by the Rio Grande Nature Center . We strolled past the visitor’s center and on to the river loop trail. A 0.6 mile loop adjacent to the Rio Grande.

The desolate trail invited us in as we observed the changing colors of leaves. Over a vacant trail spot we spotted whirlpools in the river and watched the stream flow by.