Bighorns on the Rocks

bighorn sheep in the Rio Grande Gorge

Definitely noticed us but didn’t mind too much

We saw these female bighorn sheep hopping over boulders at the bottom of the gorge near the Rio Grande. Some of the rocks are full of holes from gases trapped while the minerals were in a molten state. The geology of this place is only partly known to me, but they look like chunks of lava (basalt). The stuff is everywhere in the volcano lands of northern New Mexico. These enormous chunks have fallen from the top of the cliffs some eight hundred feet above—be glad you weren’t there at the time! The bighorns themselves were on the opposite bank, but almost close enough to hit by throwing something at them.

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