Visit to New Mexico
Introduction to Santa Fe
New Mexico - Part 1
view of Santa Fe with background mountains
Governors' Palace in the downtown Plaza
ancient adobe dwelling in Santa Fe. In the cab
going to the Museum Hill and to the wonderful Museum of
Indian Arts & Culture, I passed by a large number of
these on the Old
Santa Fe Trail heading south-east out of town.
with artful carvings that no yankee artist had produced or corrupted
Our first hike in the desert around
KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT
40 miles south-west of Santa Fe
NLCS Coalition (National Landscape
Tent Rocks National Monument
"Cone-shaped rock formations form one of
New Mexico's most unusual
vistas, and the Monument's archeological sites reflect 4,000 years
Six to seven million years ago, volcanic
eruptions spewed rock and ash-sometimes 400 feet thick-for hundreds of
miles across the Pajarito Plateau. Wind and water wore into these
deposits, creating canyons and arroyos that are today part of the
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument." - NLCS Coalition
Mountains are one of the largest volcanic fields in the world, where
volcanoes began rising 13 million years ago, forming the pyroclastic
tuffs of Bandelier National Monument and the unusual formations of
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. Valles Caldera is at the heart of a huge
volcano that once reached perhaps 30,000ft; you could see it from
Texas, where pieces of it are still found. These volcanoes are dormant,
"Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National
Monument: "The real treat is Canyon Trail, an easy and spectacular
2-mile roundtrip, threading a narrow 30ft-tall canyon with walls so
close together that you can touch both sides. The steep final leg
climbs to a perfect vista overlooking the odd landscape." (Santa
Fe and Taos - Lonely planet)
setting out on the Canyon Trail to the top of the Tent Rocks hill, a
"spectacular 2-mile roundtrip".
way to the base of the desert-like path up to the top of the cliff,
starting with the narrow canyon.
friend Philippe et moi on our way to the narrow 30ft-tall canyon with
walls so close you can touch both sides. The tent formations are behind
and above us.
of the volcanic rock at this site - "this bizarre and beautiful
geological formation of tent-shaped hoodoos".
Fe and Taos - Lonely planet)
on in the narrow canyon
et moi once again
of tent formations
of years of erosion
Siv lost in the midst of these extraordinary wonders of the world
l'alpiniste, showing off in the narrow canyon
view of the cliff we are going to climb
setting out on the climb up to the top of the cliff
desert flowers on the way up the hill, possibly bitterweed. They also
look like a yellow variation of Indian paintbrush - if such a flower
with the top of the hill behind him, still on our way up.
View west over the wing of the cliff,
the very top of the cliff on the left here.
out over the snow-capped mountains far away
flowers, probably Indian paintbrush. Not sure.
view from the top. A mesa to the left and the snow-capped sierras on
the right in the background.
|Fantastic view of the famous tents
the top of the cliff behind us now.
getting close to the narrow pass on our way back, leaving the 'tents'
back to the narrow place in the canyon
in the side of the volcanic rock
buzzard (?) flying low over the rocks as we are back to our starting