Posts filed under: Desert

Gila Cliff Dwelling NM is an interesting foil to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. It was established as the eighth national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, only a year after the Antiquities Act became law. Following his interpretation of the Act’s...
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Outside Las Cruces, New Mexico, my mom and I went on a walk in the Organ Mountains—named because of the resemblance of the granite needles to the gleaming pipes of an organ.  We walked toward this jagged skyline under ethereal...
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Last Tuesday I woke up, made coffee, and sat on my couch scrolling through Google alerts about national monuments. One article I pulled up mentioned that public meetings were being held for the management plan of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante...
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We began our hike through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in a dry, open riverbed. It was cold for spring, and snowflakes whirled around our heads. After half a mile the riverbed ended in a deep fissure in rock. This...
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Veronica and I scramble among volcanic tuff boulders and twisted juniper trees at Shaman Knob in the Mt. Irish Archeological District of Basin and Range National Monument. A large round figure dominates a curved rock panel that rises to just...
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“Look behind you,” Veronica said. I stood up and saw a pink ceiling covered with faint handprints. Handprints of varied sized decorated the wall well above our heads. Large masculine handprints next to tiny childlike prints. We stood shoulder to...
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