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Canyon Largo is a giant piece of BLM/public land 4 times the length of Manhattan, 50+miles long from the beginning (Blanco, NM) to the end where it meets up with the state highway.
The canyon is full of the remains of 3 cultures, the Anasazi /Pueblo people (1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300), Navajo and early Hispanic settlers. This is my favorite hiking spot. Quiet, endless, remote, surprising, harsh, beautiful and none of it paved.
No time is bad time to be in Big Sur. You can go in January to see the whales, December to see the monarch butterflies, May to see the wildflowers, or anytime to see the redwoods, waterfalls, mountaintops, seals, tide pools, beaches and sunsets.
This is just the nicest park in town! Forget about all the touristy places, the coffeeshops & the RedLightDistrict. Boring! Go picnic and chill with the locals. Walk a little further into the park to get away from the crowds, it's much nicer and you'll enjoy the walk!
I'm preparing for a research trip in spring 2012 to study seabirds and living environments in some of the Scottish Isles. This is for a graphic novel I'm working on: a fairy tale about a special relationship between a girl and an unusual bird for the area: a swan. TDAT gave me the perfect excuse to plan my route.