Jemez Volcano,

is one of the largest volcanos on planet Earth.  The collapsed caldera is roughly14 miles across -- a striking Shangri-La-like region of grassland ringed by cliffs that offer magnificent views.  We arrived several months after a massive forest fire burned away undergrowth, enhancing the flame-blackened dignity of the remaining trees.  The Jemez is still active, and we found bubbling hot springs with brightly colored mineral and unusual soda deposits.  (click on pictures to view larger images)



An unexpected bonus: the spectacle of thousands of hot air balloons suspended over the desert for the Albuqueque annual balloon festival.  Too bad we didn't have time to stop -- but there's a limit to how much you can do in three days.

Click exit ---> 
Back to INHL Headquarters