Thursday, March 11, 2010

Naturalist To Host Walk

Mountain Mail reports

A scenic arroyo east of the Quebradas Scenic Backcountry Byway will be the destination of a hike led by naturalist Bob Merkel this Saturday, Mar. 13. The arroyo leads to an area covered by gypsum rock, with a high sandstone cliff looming over, and with a wide variety of desert plants along the way. Merkel will talk about Rio Grande rift geology as well as the plants and animals of our Chihuahuan desert.
The round trip hike organized by Friends of the Bosque del Apache is about four miles; more to climb above the cliff. Bring sun protection, snacks, water, camera, binoculars. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Highway 380 San Antonio Firehouse parking area just east of the Interstate 25 exit 139. Participants will carpool to the arroyo.
High clearance is strongly recommended, 4WD would be preferable. Limit 15 participants; call 575-835-1828 for reservations.

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