[Cdt-l] Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

blisterfree at yahoo.com blisterfree at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 25 22:54:10 CDT 2013

This is a big deal. Stretching from the western Carson National Forest district / CDT country to the eastern district near Taos at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos, the newly-created Rio Grande del Norte National Monument protects a long tract of the Rio Grande Gorge along with a huge swath of nearly virgin high desert country that nonetheless had been a mixture of public and private lands with no overarching management plan.<br/><br/>I hiked a cross section of this territory last summer, from Chama to Questa, and can confirm it's as wild as something right out of the Pleistocene in many places, a remarkable thing considering the mostly uncomplicated high desert topography which spreads out between two distant, yet well-travelled highways at either end, and dotted with hulking, symmetrical cones born of recent volcanism. The views are sweeping and nearly infinite.<br/><br/>Somewhere down the line, this new national monument will surely become a
 long-distance hikers best friend, I suspect. Let's see to it that it's managed well, is left in a natural state, and does not, as a now singularly managed tract, fall prey to politics, energy development, and the like.<br/><br/>- blisterfree<br/><br/>Sent from Yahoo! Mail for iPhone
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