mateur geology ..by any other name, and as we've witnessed dozens and dozens of hikers, backpackers and walkers here on our mesa, Vista de Pedernal
..bend over to pick up a rock to keep! We have quite an interesting collection, as our mesa
is covered in the ancient rocks spewn by both of the Valles Caldera
eruptions..millions of years ago!
Here in New Mexico, the home to ..possibly the world's only actual park dedicated to the hobby of Rockhounding ..Rockhound State Park
outside of Deming
in the South of the State off US10.
Indeed, New Mexico is a true mecca for amateur geologists and real geologists alike! Our Featured Photographer 2010 & 2011 ..Kirt Kempter
is the State Geologist ..and his specialty is here in North Central; The Piedre Lumbre, but has explored the State North, South, East & West as a vocation!
Remember that while hiking rocks..you need to gear up properly
considering elevation, dryness and seasonal changes.
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Painting By Featured Artist MJAckley "Sunset Behind Fall Tree II"