Traveling to Cuba along N.M. 550 is certainly a visual treat. This rugged, multi-colored landscape is home to the relatively new San Juan Basin Badlands Recreation Area.
Created in the last few years to offer protection to this sometimes haunting, but always breathtaking scenery, the Badlands have no real trail system, food or potable water. To help visitors navigate this exceptional terrain, join geologist Patrick Rowe Saturday, July 18 to explore one of the five badlands in the Recreation Area, the Mesa de Cuba Badlands.
This hike offers an incredible introduction to the Badlands area. See steep-walled box canyons, sandstone hoodoos, and beautiful ridges. This area is also strewn with petrified wood, from small pieces to full logs. Iron-concretions are also scattered along the area, some as large as five feet.
This event is free, but advance registration is required. Note that this outing is limited to 60 people. Participants will depart at 8 a.m. from the Los Alamos Nature Center and will return at 1 p.m. approximately.