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The Pueblo Indians call it P’Osoge, or “Big River.” This is the Rio Grande Rift as seen from the west-rim “Dead Cholla” mountain climbing trail maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. *This area is now part of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument *
This area is accessible by mountain biking trail- the “West Rim Trail” which brings you to the trailhead for this climbing trail… a few feet in, this scene presented itself!
This side and below are managed by the park service, the far side is part of Pueblo Indian lands. The nearest town is Taos, NM (the power lines you see in the distance lead East towards Taos). Beyond Taos are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, here shrouded in blue haze from summertime forest fires in distant Los Alamos (70 miles away to the west). As you can tell from the smooth river rocks up where I’m taking this picture from, the river used to run through this area before the rift opened up. Then it found its new home 600-1000 feet below (at this point it’s over 800 ft). In the foreground you can see a mixture of ancient sandstone and a cap of solid lava. It’s a fascinating landscape!
915 views as of 8/13/13
Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC, 3 images AEB +/-2, tripod mount, processed in aperture and the photomatix plugin
Thank you to the anonymous RedBubble buyer who purchased postcards of this image, and another buyer who purchased a 30" print of the same image from Fine Art America. Also, for the RedBubble buyer who purchased a poster!
This area is between 6500 and 7500 ft elevation.
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