[Cdt-l] Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

JD Schaefer jdrows at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 08:32:11 CDT 2013

I'm in Chama until Thursday morning.  Did you hike an out and back?
 Where'd you start?


On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:54 PM, <blisterfree at yahoo.com> wrote:

> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> - blisterfree
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