Canyons and Carvings

Last Friday we had the immense honor of getting to drive around with the BLM Field Supervisor, Andrew Archuleta. He felt that we wouldn’t get much out of sitting in a conference room asking questions all day so he took it upon himself to drive us around the west side of the San Luis Valley, which is where he grew up. The first place we stopped was Penitente Canyon. It is a huge network of cliffs and old volcanic rock. It is one of the valley’s hidden treasures and many rockclimbers and mountain bikers seek solace there. In the same area are many carvings and paintings from thousands of years ago that paint a story of how life was back then. I had never been there and it was amazing to see a totally different side of the valley. While wandering around on some of the trails, we got the opportunity to ask Andrew questions about interviews and employment opportunities and simply get to know him as a person. He was so personable and down to earth and helped us understand more what his position entailed. All of us definitely learned so much and we are so thankful that we had this opportunity.

Cliffs and Rock formations at Penitente Canyon

Cliffs and Rock formations at Penitente Canyon

Virgin of Guadalupe painted on stoneface at Penitente Canyon

Virgin of Guadalupe painted on stoneface at Penitente Canyon

Morgan Garcia
mlgarcia@rams.colostate.edu
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