among mesas and pueblos
Summer afternoons in New Mexico come with thunderstorms--curtains of rain across the vast semi-arid landscape, bringing out the wildflowers ... About an hour west of Albuquerque, (take State Route 23 south from I-40), you'll see "Enchanted Mesa," presiding 430ft/130m over the surrounding valley. According to Acoma legend, this was the site of their original pueblo, which had to be abandoned when a thunderstorm washed away the only way up-and-down the cliffs...The 'new' pueblo is a few miles to the south, on a slightly lower sandstone mesa; it's been continuously inhabited since the 1100's...
By Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
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Grants, NM, NM, USA