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May 31, 2013 - Valles Caldera - a Super Volcano

The Valles Caldera is a National Preserve that entered the Park system in the year 2000. We had never heard of it before visiting in the Santa Fe area and we are so glad we toured the area with a Ranger since we learned more than if we’d gone by ourselves. The Caldera is the collapsed summit of the giant 14,000 foot Jemez Volcano, formed about 1.25 million years ago. The flow out the bottom of the super volcano created the Pajarito Plateau and the ash from the eruption spread as far east as Kansas. This area is part of one of the three...

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May 31, 2013 - Riding the Jemez Mt National Scenic Byway

Another day was spent riding 182 miles on the Jemez Mountain National Byway. We passed Los Alamos and the Caldera we’d visited earlier and we could see the large forest fire that was burning there. I am glad we visited the Caldera earlier since it was now closed to the public for safety reasons. According to the state byway website, The Jemez Byway “twists through time and terrain, contrasting vermilion desert cliffs and snowy alpine peaks, 13 th century stone dwellings and the birth of the Atomic Age in nearly the same breath. Travelers...

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