Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains run from Colorado to just south of Santa Fe, which is the southern end of the Rocky Mountains.

The top two photos of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains were taken in the western part of Santa Fe

I took this photo on Bishop Lodges Road near Tesuque This was one of my favorite "stomping grounds" when I was a teen.

Sangre de Cristo Mts. taken near Santo Domingo - 2004

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are one of the longest mountain chains on Earth. They stretch from Poncha Pass, Colorado, in the north to Glorieta Pass, New Mexico, in the south. Wheeler Peak at 13,106 and just north of Taos, is the highest point in New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the southern most part of the Rocky Mountains.

The Sangre de Cristos are fault block mountains with major fault lines running along both the east and west sides of the mountains with minor faults cutting right through them. The mountains were pushed up about 27 million years ago, pretty much as one big chunk of rock. On the west side is the San Luis Valley with the Rio Grande Rift Zone running down the middle. On the east side is the Raton Basin with a quiet but still active volcanic field.

Unless noted else wise, all photos were taken by Nancy López, -July 2002