Joe (JPH), if you landed in El Paso, I'm not surprised that you weren't too impressed with this part of the country. El Paso gives you a glimpse of what our desert country is like, but all of the good stuff is up here in New Mexico!
Yep. That's what I saw from the window of the puddle jumper I was riding in (Denver to El Paso). I almost drooled on myself. Beautiful!