The San Jose Badlands

The San Jose Badlands are located approximately two hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico (in Rio Arriba County) north of Cuba. One of the nine San Juan Basin Badlands, they lie in the youngest of the San Juan Basin’s eighteen sedimentary layers. Approximately 54 million years old, the area is composed of softer siltstone and shale. The face of the formation is heavily eroded with numerous box canyons and natural sculptures. Hoodoos are less numerous than in other San Juan Basin Badlands, however, the erosion patterns and color palette of the layered sedimentary rock provide plenty of visual interest. The San Jose Badlands offer amazing views of the forested Jemez Mountains to the east and Continental Divide to the west.

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Blog: The Story of New Mexico: The San Jose Badlands

Posted: April 6, 2012


The MadonnaRainbow Siltstone #1The TrophiesRainbow Siltstone #2San Jose Vista #1San Jose Vista #2San Jose Vista #3San Jose Vista #4San Jose Vista #5DeterminationSpine VistaFlat TopThe CastleSan Jose Vista #6San Jose Vista #7The ThumbSan Jose Vista #8San Jose Vista #9Siltstone and Hoodoos #1Siltstone and Hoodoos #2Cliff Tree #1Siltstone and Hoodoos #3Cliff Tree #2The Tortured TreeA Parent's KissSan Jose Vista #10The Kissing CoyotesThe Howling CoyoteSan Jose Vista #11Dirt Road to the Continental DivideSan Jose Vista #12The Guardian (Mountain Lion)San Jose Vista #13The Horny ToadSan Jose Vista #14Death in the BadlandsThe ChiefSan Jose Vista #15