Gila Mountains/Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico: May 2004

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May 21st 2004
Published: August 8th 2007
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I suppose I should write about my most favorite place in the Southwest, how I was enchanted by the spirits of Native Americans who once lived in New Mexico or all the adventure I found. But Im going to let the pictures do the talking, because trying to explain a solo road trip where I saw few people is best left unexplained!

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There's Something Special Going On HereThere's Something Special Going On Here
There's Something Special Going On Here

Carlsbad Caverns-35 foot tall stalagmite at the right- hundreds of thousands of years old!
Welcome to New MexicoWelcome to New Mexico
Welcome to New Mexico

"Land of Enchantment"
Stairway to Heaven or Hell?Stairway to Heaven or Hell?
Stairway to Heaven or Hell?

Carlsbad Caverns usually scares little kids- and sometimes adults too!
Roadside Shrine in Abandoned Chimney, New MexicoRoadside Shrine in Abandoned Chimney, New Mexico
Roadside Shrine in Abandoned Chimney, New Mexico

Catholic/Native American shrine in an abandoned chimney just across the border in New Mexico. Sitting at 7000 feet(2200 meters) in the Apache National Forest, note the stone on the left- "thank you jesus for a elk in our hunt".
Gila Wilderness: USAGila Wilderness: USA
Gila Wilderness: USA

High Plains, Junipers, Gila River Gorge Elevation of these hills is 5200 feet(1600 meters), the forested peak distant left is 10,700 foot Whitewater Baldy(3273 meters)!
Ancient Ponds, Decoration ForestAncient Ponds, Decoration Forest
Ancient Ponds, Decoration Forest

check out the rimstone at the bottom. An ancient pond was once there, causing the formations to grow over it like ice on a lake. Then when the pond drained, it left the formations seemingly suspended.
Gila River GorgeGila River Gorge
Gila River Gorge

Approaching the awe inspiring Gila Wilderness area. Gila sits at the same latitude as San Diego! Hot springs, cliff dwellings, 3000 meter mountains, 2 months of torrential thunderstorms, year round rivers and 2200 meters valley elevation means cool temperatures in summer while the surrounding desert bakes.
The Dolls Theatre, Carlsbad Caverns National ParkThe Dolls Theatre, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The Dolls Theatre, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Zoom in of "the Dolls theatre". The "Soda Straws" are actually only the size of a fat pencil, but there are so many in such a small cubby hole the NPS rangers aren't exactly sure how it could form so tightly.
El Capitan, Guadalupe Peak, WildflowersEl Capitan, Guadalupe Peak, Wildflowers
El Capitan, Guadalupe Peak, Wildflowers

El Cap= 8060 feet(2456 meters) Guadalupe Peak= 8749 feet(2666 meters) My sister and I were born 2 hours Southeast of here in Big Spring, TX.

31st March 2007

Great photos Stephen as usual! I love the caverns photos the most! :)
8th September 2009

nice photos
excerllent im moving theree in 3010

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