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Take a geological tour in Abiquiu

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Local geologist Kirt Kempter will lead the weekend adventure

Those who have wanted to go on a National Geographic or Smithsonian exploration, but balked at the almost $4,000 cost are in luck. It’s not a discount on these adventures being offered, but rather the same level of experience in their own backyards for a much lower cost.
Local geologist Kirt Kempter, who leads group trips for both National Geographic and Smithsonian exploration, is leading a trip for Pajarito Environmental Education Center to Georgia O’Keeffe country on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family.   
Attendees will explore the geologic story behind the landscape that fascinated O’Keeffe at her homes in Abiquiu and at Ghost Ranch. Kempter will lead participants on an easy, one-mile hike through the Abiquiu Formation, which inspired several of O’Keeffe’s paintings.
Bizarre and captivating rock formations adorn the white cliffs in this intimate canyon only a few miles from the town of Abiquiu. Following the morning hike, participants will continue toward Ghost Ranch, where dinosaur-age rocks ring the panoramic Piedra Lumbre on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. If time permits, there will be an optional highway stop at Poshuoinge, a large pueblo ruin overlooking the Rio Chama, just a few miles east of Abiquiu.


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