This morning, we went for a hike along the Volcanoes Day Use area on the west side of Albuquerque, NM. There are five volcanoes in this area, and we took trails around three of them. All five were formed by a crack in the Rio Grande Rift, which runs north/south through this region.
The volcanoes in this region formed the West Mesa, the high plateau on the west side of town.
Looking east, you can see the city of Albuquerque.
The volcanoes themselves are small, but impressive. You can see that the igneous rock has not changed much since it cooled, though there is some plant life growing on it. Years ago, this area was mined for decorative lava rock, and we walked past the old quarry on our hike.
The trail itself is steep in places, though most were at the grade shown below or less, if you walk…
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