To celebrate summer and the beginning of autumn, my family and I ventured up to a special spot near Red River on the Enchanted Circle for an evening of good food and good entertainment. At 10,000 feet at Bobcat Pass, there’s the Moreno Valley’s Cowboy Evening. There they serve you up a ribeye hot off the grill, fresh made beans, corn on the cob, biscuits and baked potatoes. There are covered wagons and cowboys. Lots of ’em too, cowboys that is. There stories and fiddlers, and those ribeyes are delicious. Coffee and cinnamon rolls for dessert.
The evening finishes up with two hours of cowboy music with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders. They share the legends of cowboy music, and do some fine playing too. They sang an infamous song (around here at least), a song he wrote called ‘Fryin Bacon in the Nude’ and more seriously, the New Mexico State song. My favorite is his rendition of an old Dean Martin song from, John Wayne’s Rio Bravo ‘My Rifle, My Pony and Me’. So lovely.
Cowboy evenings happen all summer at Bobcat Pass. We were lucky enough to catch the grand finale this season. So mark your calendar for next year if you want to experience a little cowboy music in the northern New Mexico mountains. It is worth remembering.