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Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:31 pm
by dbhguru
NTS,

Here are some images from the Taos Plateau and south end of the San Luis Valley from US 285 in northern New Mexico. I don't get a cooped up feeling looking across the great expanse of space.
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The next image is of Mount San Antonio, a 10,908-foot cinder cone. It presents quite a spectacle as you drive through the great expanse.
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The cloud layer intrigued me.
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More to come.

Bob

Re: Western Expanses

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:46 pm
by James Parton
How high is the Taos plateau? That cinder cone is easily higher than any Appalachian peak.

Re: Western Expanses

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:50 pm
by edfrank
Bob,

Even if it costs you a tree day, you need to see Carlsbad Caverns if you have never been there. Take the full tour hiking down from the entrance and around the Big Room. Watch the bat flight. It is one of the don't miss wonders of the world. There are neat tree associations and disjunct tree populations in McKittrick Canyon in Guadeloupe National Park a few miles farther south.

Ed

Re: Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:22 pm
by jamesrobertsmith
I want to hike up one of those cinder cones and walk around in the caldera. My father-in-law did that at one of the cinder cones in New Mexico. I don't know the name of the cone he hiked, or even if it has a name. But he brought back photos.

Re: Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:54 pm
by dbhguru
Robert,

If it was in northeastern NM, it may have been Capulin National Monument. You descend into the caldera in that one.

Bob

Re: Western Expanses

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:55 am
by Rand
James Parton wrote:How high is the Taos plateau? That cinder cone is easily higher than any Appalachian peak.
I quick trip to Google earth shows ~8300' in elevation around the base of the mountain.

Re: Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:04 am
by Chris
Off topic, but the first two are great examples of fenceline comparison photos. Great things for getting an idea of the over grazing common in lots (most?) places in the west.

Re: Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:14 am
by Don
Bob-
Don't know where you are now, but if you're in NM and have the time, check out Valle Caldera National Preserve, not far from Santa Fe...last I knew, Jeff Cross managed it...great guy, was the Science Center Director at Grand Canyon NP during my time there. Great place, wild life is it's specialty, kind of a biogeographical island.
-Don

dbhguru wrote:Robert,

If it was in northeastern NM, it may have been Capulin National Monument. You descend into the caldera in that one.

Bob

Re: Western Expanses, NM

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:56 am
by dbhguru
Don,

We're presently in Manila, Utah at Flaming Gorge. We'll be in Pocatello, ID tonight. Got lots of images to post.

Bob