In the Rio West area below Rio Ranch just south of the king ranch lies Lobo Canyon. When the two wells were sunk and water found (7,000) feet And the housing boom was on, the ranchers had to vacate the grazing herds and make room for the coming 70,000 houses. The housing bust came and the whole thing went into bankruptcy in Sandoval. The wells are now the property of the county and it is a ghost area. They built a new road to get the heavy equipment down to the two wells. This is the entry off 60th st and what would have been the extension of Iris road 1.8 miles north of northern blvd.
As you drive over the crest of the escarpment you get a great view of the King ranch on the right with Mesa Preita and Rio West area with Mesa felipe table mesa in center of the road.
Recently the road was expanded to cut thru a hill leading to lobo canyon. This hill has some cretaceous outcrops and would reveal this as the hill was cut thru.
The hill vista to lobo canyon and the Laugana area.
As I anticipated the presence of large cepterian nodules would present them selves.
The theory behind these nodules is that a giant inland see was in this location. This is obvious from the shells and fossils present. When a creature would die and fall to the bottom it would be rolled by the current. Each roll would pick up some sticky clay that would snowball as the nodule would roll. It would also pick up other shelled creatures and pack them into the ball tightly until shells parts would become veins of crystals as you can see below.
So Mike the photographer and myself are here to pick some up. And there were many to have.
Nearby was one of the outcrops to be explored.
Yes that is a rock balanced on top!
On top are sandstone formations like a moonscape.
From here you can see the number two well on the canyon floor.
Just visible over the next hill are the remains of a habitant and round up area of days gone by.
The remains of several buildings of somewhat different origins can be seen. Old anastazi shaped rocks can be seen later used by pueblo type construction and then reformatted to a cowboy building.
It looks like the hillside came down and flooded the final building causing abandonment.
There is so much more to find. If you want to know more about the well number 6, it is on youtube at: CLICK HERE!
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