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Follow #mypubliclandsroadtrip Stops This Week in BLM New Mexico and Nearby States!

BLM in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas care for 13.5 million acres of public lands, from breathtaking prairies and lush riparian areas to open woodlands and desert peaks – the iconic landscapes of the American West. Join #mypubliclandsroadtrip all week to explore outstanding national monuments and wilderness areas, visit unique historic and prehistoric sites, enjoy a diversity of recreation sites and more!  

Follow posts here on Tumblr all week; see daily recaps of posts on the BLM New Mexico journal: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripnewmexico

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@AmericanHiking’s Takeover Continues on My Public Lands Instagram! Check out their information with extra photos here. 

“Did you know #AmericanHikingSociety hosts over 50 trail stewardship trips every year?  In 2014 alone, we organized 57 trail projects across the country working with federal land agencies like #BLM to identify areas that need the most care.  We equipped 449 volunteers with the tools they needed to put some love back into our trail system.  That comes out to 17,960 hard working hours put in by volunteers.  The success of these volunteers can be seen across 285 miles of trails that were improved, including the BLM’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument pictured here!

The monument is a remarkable location to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.  A national recreation trail and the wheelchair-accessible Veterans Memorial Trail offer unique hikes and picturesque views. Volunteers spent the week building water diversions on a one-mile section of this heavily used trail.  These water diversions will help prevent continued trail erosion and ensure that the trail is accessible and safe for future hikers.”

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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D45. Nous y voilà, la moitié du séjour ! D'un côté l'impression d'avoir déjà vu tellement de choses et la promesse d'en voir encore et encore, de l'autre celle que le temps passe trop vite… Il faut dire qu'on ne voit pas les semaines passer à être toujours sur la route à la recherche de nouvelles merveilles à découvrir et de nouvelles expériences à faire. En tout cas, ce séjour a d'ores et déjà comblé toutes nous attentes et plus encore ! Pour aujourd'hui, après un très sympathique trail de quelques miles au Tent Rocks National Monument (qui serpente entre des rochers qui ont la forme de… tentes), direction le National Museum of Nuclear Science & History d'Albuquerque. Un musée très bien fait dédié au nucléaire qui, s'il fait parfois froid dans le dos (on y voit les répliques des bombes atomiques lâchées sur le Japon durant la WWII et conçues au New Mexico dans la base secrète de Los Alamos…), revient avec beaucoup de documents historiques sur la recherche nucléaire et tout ce que cela peut englober. Enfin, après un tour dans le vieux Albuquerque ainsi que sur Central Avenue (qui englobe une partie de l'historique Route 66 et en a gardé quelques “vestiges”), direction notre hôtel de Truth or Consequences (oui, oui, c'est bien le nom de la bourgade perdue dans le désert) qui a la particularité de proposer des bains alimentés par des sources naturelles d'eau chaude (43°C quand même). Parfait comme moment détente.

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

You guys!!!  VISIT THIS PLACE!!!  My favorite nature view is filled with trees that are vibrantly green and leafy, so that has dictated the type of places I have always sought out for travel.  This trip to New Mexico was my first experience (other than driving through) with a more desert-style landscape.  I completely learned to appreciate the stunning beauty of this type of environment.  These pictures don’t even do the place justice.  If you have a chance to visit Tent Rocks, I definitely encourage you to do it.  I was completely in awe.  The views were unbelievable.  Every turn we took I just wanted to stop and stare all around!