This is one of the most unusual segments of the Continental Divide Trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through some of the most amazing scenery in America. The 7.5 mile long Zuni-Acoma Trail is an ancient route through the badlands of New Mexico, called “El Malpais.” The trail is marked by rock carins built centuries ago by Ancestral Puebloans. This image shows an outcropping of millions-year old Zuni Sandstone rising out of the lava field below. The trail is at an elevation of 6800 ft.
The trail is maintained by the National Park Service.
Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC, 3 images AEB +/-2, tripod mount, processed in aperture and the photomatix plugin