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The Geology of Northern New Mexico's
Parks, Monuments, and Public Lands


L. Greer Price, editor, 2010

Few places in the U.S. boast as rich a diversity of landscape and public lands as northern New Mexico. Here in one volume is an authoritative overview of the geology of these parks, monuments, and public lands, with information on the regional setting, the rock record, and the most prominent geologic features. The book includes chapters on nine national parks and monuments, seventeen state parks, and many of the most popular Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service units in this part of the state. Also included are chapters on two of our newer units, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Kashe-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. With nearly 300 full-color geologic maps, graphics, and photographs, the book is a perfect introduction to the some of New Mexico's most significant geologic landscapes.

380 pages, full color 8" x 10" paperback/sewn binding.

ISBN: 9781883905255

$24.95 Buy Now


Free sample chapter—Ghost Ranch (4 MB PDF)


SouthWest Bk Award

2011 Southwest Book Design & Production Award Winner for Guide and Travel

2011 Southwest Book Design & Production Award Finalist for Scholarly & Technical


NM Bk Award


2010 New Mexico Book Award for Anthropology/Archaeology/Science




“Your new book on the Geology of New Mexico’s Parks, etc. is an absolute knockout! It is handsome, beautifully written and organized, wonderfully informative, and it provides a great service. It is a great achievement, and I am utterly delighted to have a copy—which I will cherish.”
William deBuys, award winning writer and conservationist


New Mexico Rocks! —“The title of this newly published volume has a textbook ring to it. But its easy-to-read text, maps and charts—and awe-inspiring photography—are convincing evidence that this is a book for the general reader.”
David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Book explores New Mexico geology and landscapes — “For travelers who've stared slack-jawed at the jagged ramparts of Shiprock or the sweeping vista of the Valles Caldera and wondered how New Mexico's spectacular landscapes were formed, a new book holds the answers. The 372-page volume, The Geology of Northern New Mexico's Parks, Monuments and Public Places, is part travel guide, art book and geology text.

Published by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, which is part of New Mexico Tech, the book rolls back time tens of millions of years and explains the powerful forces that shaped the state. It offers a lesson for nonscientists about nature's tugging and pulling, pushing and shoving, and the relentless erosion of rock.”
Barry Massey, The Associated Press

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