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Stop 8: Overlook

Get a big picture view of the geology on this side of the mountain.

Stop 8: Overlook

View of mountain with forest and rock layers from the Stop 8 interpretation trail overlook.

The view to the north/northwest shows the basic geological structure of the SMNHC. The center sits near the base of the vast dip slope of the Sandia Mountains, which is underlain by Pennsylvanian limestone that is exposed at the crest of the mountains. The trail apex on the west side of the property is on the cuesta formed by Permian sandstone and limestone. The SMNHC buildings sit in the Triassic strike valley, and this overlook is on the Triassic cuesta along the SMNHC’s eastern boundary.