The Ceja Pelon Badlands

The Ceja Pelon Badlands are located approximately two-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico (in Sandoval County) west of Cuba. One of the nine San Juan Basin Badlands, they lie in the Nacimiento sedimentary layer, which is approximately 65 to 55 million years old (the Paleocene Period). The area is composed of sandstone alternating with siltstone and shale.  The badlands have a stair-step topology with three distinct layers: the base, the bench, and the mesa top. The layers are connected by a pair of 100-feet-high winding cliff faces. Each layer has a landscape of its own.

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Blog: The Story of New Mexico: The Ceja Pelon Badlands

Posted: December 22, 2012

 

Cleopatra's Needle #1Base Layer Vista #1Base Layer Vista #2Base Layer Vista #3Base Layer Vista #4Base Layer Vista #5Black Velvet Hills #1Black Velvet Hills #2Base Layer Vista #6Base Layer Vista #7Base Layer Vista #8Base Layer Vista #9The Two Towers #1The TripletsBoulder CanyonThe Garden of Petrified WoodThe Two Towers #2Cleopatra's Needle #2The Trees Have EyesMesa Top Vista #1Mesa Top Vista #2Mesa Top Vista #3Dog RockPetrified Wood (Detail)The BeehivesThe MonolithGroovy Rock #1The Little ArchTree SnakeBench VistaThe WatcherThe Two Towers #2Cleopatra's GhostThe BlobBanded SandstoneBanded Sandstone (Detail)Groovy Rock #2RootsGroovy Rock #3The Helmeted DogThe Ant HillThe Termite MoundThe Puppy