Loma de las Cañas

Golden sunset on Loma de las Cañas in the Quebradas badlands, eastern Socorro County, New Mexico

An end to a day of wandering the February desert, golden sunset on Loma de las Cañas in the Quebradas badlands, eastern Socorro County, New Mexico. The Sierra de las Cañas Wilderness Study Area is one that even the usually pessimistic BLM has recommended for formal wilderness designation. Geologic (post in the works) and botanic (it would be a grand place if you could catch it with the ocotillos in bloom) features are certainly plenty out there, as are opportunities to explore in solitude.

Golden sunset in the Sierra de las Cañas Wilderness Study Area, eastern Socorro County, New Mexico

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4 thoughts on “Loma de las Cañas

  1. Lovely late day light here, Jackson…I like these a lot! Looks like some interesting geology in that hillside–I’m looking forward to your upcoming post!

    Forgot to say in your last post that I can certainly sympathize with January being a slow month. I seem to have been suffering from writer’s block lately. I guess I need to read and get my own brain flowing again.

    • Thanks Greg! The large-scale geology here is pretty straight-up: sedimentary layers tilted up by faulting (both faulting related to the Rio Grande Rift and from earlier episodes). While it’s certainly attractive, as block-faults generally are, the greater interest is in some smaller scale formations, which are now illustrated in the most recent post.

    • About two canyons south, I think. It has a north arm, not really visible in the photos, that’s lined with bright red strata for a good ways. I think we may have taken John Hill up that one years ago.

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