Rio Salado Sand Dunes

Rio Salado Sand Dunes (HM19QX)

Location: San Acacia, NM 87831 Socorro County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 18.324', W 106° 53.432'

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Elevation 4,850 ft.

Winds blowing across the usually dry, sandy riverbed of Rio Salado formed dunes along this part of the Rio Grande Valley. The Rio Grande, just southwest here, follows a massive geological trench shaped millions of years ago when huge blocks of land sank as the earth in central New Mexico slowly began pulling apart. The resulting Rio Grande Rift uplifted Los Pi?os Mountains to the east. Northwest are the Sierra Ladrones. Rocks on their 9,000-foot crests are similar to those buried four miles beneath these dunes.
HM NumberHM19QX
Placed ByNew Mexico Historic Preservation Division
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 326029 N 3797636
Decimal Degrees34.30540000, -106.89053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 18.324', W 106° 53.432'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 18' 19.44" N, 106° 53' 25.92" W
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Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 Canam Hwy, San Acacia NM 87831, US
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