At the north and west edge of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge sits the San Lorenzo Canyon. Located 1 1/2 hours south of Albuquerque just west of Interstate 25, this remote canyon is a hidden gem to be explored. It’s a primitive area that is lined on both sides of a dirt road with tall sandstone formations, the narrow slots and a cave. It is a wonderous sight to see and hard not to be lured into the slot canyons along the way. We had an amazing day enjoying the warm sun and cool tunnels. We arrived around 10 am with only one other car in sight. We wandered around for 2 – 3 hours exploring the canyon and finding a trail that would end at a dry spring Hopefully they will see some rainfall soon allowing the spring to fill, however a long hot Summer is predicted with drought throughout the season. We took a picnic lunch and enjoyed the view while munching on sliced ham and cheese with crackers and fresh fruit. We are looking forward to the next hike to check off our list in our “60 Hikes within 60 miles” guidebook which can’t come soon enough!
In the San Lorenzo Canyon you never know where a crack in the rocks will lead to. This path led us through a slot canyon to an isolated spot where you could only see the sky by looking straight up.
When we were in the path of the sun it was warm but we instantly felt cooler when we were in a shaded spot.
The sculpted rock formations were very interesting, it’s amazing that they are all clustered in this one area.
Here we are in a little room surrounded by sculpted boulders. The only way to get in is crawl through the tiny space below or climb over and around the boulder on the left.
We were surrounded and could only see the sky by looking straight up.
Coming back out of the slot, the sun was just at the right angle to see this prism of light.
Coming out into full sunlight.
Walking along the road seeing the formations.
Up close you can see the layers and also the changes in color.
From a distance you can see two formations connected with a picture window to look through.
We found a cave that you can see from the dirt road. We climbed up to get a closer look.
The spring trail did not go through the rock structures but was an easy pathway with some fascinating trees along the way.
I love trees with character!
Hope you enjoyed tagging along through the San Lorenzo Canyon!