Yesterday Jen and I took the dogs on a 2 hour hike around the Albuquerque Volcanoes which stand in the horizon of the West Mesa – about a 15 minute drive from the fertile fields of the South Valley. The five cinder cone volcanoes are approximately 140,000 years old and are the product of a series of fissure eruptions that coated the surrounding landscape in a basalt caprock.
We climbed to the top of the Black Volcano which offered a great view of the Sandias across the mesa. Even though you are right outside the metro area, you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. You gotta love the geographical diversity of New Mexico.