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United States : New Mexico

0.8 miles (1.2 km) N of La Puebla, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 1819 m (5967 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 74°E

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#2: View to the north. #3: View to the south. #4: View to the west.  Jemez Mountains in the distance. #5: My GPS, showing the confluence coordinates.

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  36°N 106°W (visit #1)  

#1: View to the east.  Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the distance.

(visited by Blake P. Wood)

30-Jan-2000 - Great project! I found that the closest confluence to my house (N36, W106) had not been visited. This weekend was the first chance I had to go to it. As the crow flies, it's 17 miles from my house in Los Alamos, NM. From the map I downloaded from topozone.com, I determined that the confluence is about 0.35 miles north of a point on the road between Espanola and Chimayo. It took me 40 minutes to drive there. I drove back and forth on the road a few times, picking an appropriate place to start where I wouldn't be trespassing on the houses and farms that lined the road. I finally found a spot where there was an open gate in the fence along the road, almost directly south of the confluence. I climbed to the top of the bluff above the Santa Cruz river canyon, climbed through a barbed wire fence (apparently, I was going into open grazing land), and followed a cattle trail north along the ridge that seemed to be going in the correct direction. I quickly found the confluence along the top of the ridge, about 15 minutes from the car, at 11 am. I took photos in the cardinal directions. It was cool - mid-30s, and very clear, with high clouds. The fresh snow on the Sangre De Cristo mountains to the east was beautiful! To the west I could see the Jemez Mountains across the Rio Grande Valley, with Los Alamos perched on the Pajarito plateau immediately below them. After a few minutes of taking pictures, the position on my GPS had drifted a few hundredths of a minute, so I headed a few 10s of yards down the hillside to the east to zero out my GPS so I could get a picture of it. It took me about 15 minutes to trot back to my car.


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#1: View to the east. Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the distance.
#2: View to the north.
#3: View to the south.
#4: View to the west. Jemez Mountains in the distance.
#5: My GPS, showing the confluence coordinates.
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