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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 7:37 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

Newest national monument protects rare ecosystems and provides endless recreational adventures

Standing on top of a 3-million-year-old volcanic cone in northern Taos County, there’s not much for the eye to see but sagebrush, piñon pine, rugged rock, gnarly juniper and the distant white peaks of Colorado. It’s dry and the wind whistles high. The landscape is lonely. Someone from wetter and greener climates might say it’s desolate.

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