The Lybrook Badlands are located approximately two-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico (in Sandoval County) northwest 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 Lybrook Badlands are the largest of the Nacimiento formation badlands. Its box canyon-riddled mesas drop over 700 feet in four distinct, multi-colored, intricately eroded stair steps. The cliffs separating the steps complicate long-distance hiking. Easy routes between the levels are limited and difficult to find.
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Posted: December 17, 2012