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United States : New Mexico

13.2 miles (21.2 km) SW of Grants, Cibola, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 2377 m (7798 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 72°E

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#2: The data readout. #3: Fluorite mine with timbers. #4: Another fluorite shaft. #5: Don't go in there!!!!

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  35°N 108°W (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence marked by pin flag among the trees.

(visited by Michael Grady)

08-Sep-2000 -- New Mexico State Hwy 53, near Grants, runs along the west and north sides of the Malpais lava flow before heading to the Arizona border. Many times through the past Mt. Taylor, to the north has spewed out lava to create a set of flows that are sharp, hot, and dangerous. Cinder cones dot the landscape and in the darkness of collapsed lava tubes ice exists year 'round.

While on my way to Arizona for some rodeo, I detoured to locate 35°N 108°W. Some 20 miles south of Grants I pulled up to a gate in the barbed wire fence and drove the truck through. USGS maps showed a dirt road heading north and east up the slope. I hiked along the road and came to the abandoned fluorite mines marked on the maps. Muy peligroso! Open shafts and unstable perimeters make these a real hazard to the confluence hunter. But....you just hike around 'em. Heading off through the woods I encountered the remnants of the mining camp: a few collapsed shacks, some debris, nothing of interest remains. Over hill and over dale I hiked, always watching the GPS to stay on course. When I got to the confluence area, I let the receiver average until it settled down. 780 counts was enough.

Took some pix and hiked out the way I came.


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#1: Confluence marked by pin flag among the trees.
#2: The data readout.
#3: Fluorite mine with timbers.
#4: Another fluorite shaft.
#5: Don't go in there!!!!
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