The Penistaja Badlands

Penistaja Mesa climbs to 7,205 feet (2,196.08 meters) above sea level. It is located approximately two hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico (in Sandoval County) west of the village of Cuba. It lies between Ceja Pelon Mesa (to the west) and Mesa de Cuba (to the east). Its badlands are often considered one of the nine San Juan Basin Badlands, but they are relatively unknown. They lie in the Nacimiento sedimentary layer, which is approximately 65 to 55 million years old (the Paleocene Period).

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Blog: The Story of New Mexico: The Penistaja Badlands

Posted: April 7, 2013


Doh! It's Homer!Penistaja Vista #1Penistaja Vista #2The Angel #1Penistaja Vista #3Homer and His FlatscreenThe Angel #2The ScarecrowThe Angel #3Penistaja Vista #4Penistaja Vista #5The CairnThe MinutemanThe DogThe Manta RayThe Pirate and His ParrotSwiss Cheese RockSwiss Cheese Rock (Closeup)The TwinsThe HulkThe Angel #4Penistaja Vista #6DuckosaurusPenistaja Vista #7Dog and HatPenistaja Vista #8Penistaja Vista #9Penistaja Vista #10Penistaja Vista #11Penistaja Vista #12