New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook – 65
Geology of the Sacramento Mountains Region


Geoffrey Rawling, Virginia T. McLemore, Stacy Timmons, Nelia Dunbar, [editors], 2014, 318 pages.

Within the Sacramento Mountains and Tularosa Basin region, the diversity and beauty of the desert and mountain scenery is matched only by the large topographic relief and spectacular geology. This geologic guidebook, developed for the 65th annual fall field conference of the New Mexico Geological Society, covers many of the highlights of this region. Road logs begin each day in Alamogordo and describe the geology along the route through the Tularosa Basin and Sacramento Mountains. Routes travel north to Three Rivers, Carrizozo, Nogal, and the Ruidoso area, then east up the rugged escarpment of the southern Sacramento Mountains into the forested heart of the range, finally south to the Orogrande mining district in the isolated Jarilla Mountains, and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in the Sacramento Mountains. Topics discussed include igneous petrology and volcanic stratigraphy, regional geologic structure and tectonics, Paleozoic and Tertiary stratigraphy, paleontology, geomorphology, speleology, economic geology, mineral resources and mining history, hydrogeology, and many aspects of the fascinating human history of the region. The volume includes detailed road logs incorporating twenty-two mini-papers, as well as seventeen peer-reviewed technical research papers.

This is the 65th in a series of annual guidebooks produced by the New Mexico Geological Society. This and other guidebooks cover large regions of New Mexico, providing a comprehensive geologic resource and road trip education and entertainment for a wide range of audiences beyond just earth scientists.

There are two versions of this guidebook available — the complete guidebook (237 pages), and a version with just the road logs that is spiral bound (134 pages).

ISBN: 9781585461004
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Please download a list of the corrections made to this guidebook(for printed volume only).

Table of Contents:

Note —Downloads of the papers below are free. Road logs, mini-papers, and some other sections of recent guidebooks are only available in print.

Roadlogs: (each includes listed mini-papers)

First-day road log: Alamogordo to Three Rivers, Carrizozo, Nogal, Ruidoso and Sierra Blanca Peak
— Geoffrey Rawling, Daniel Koning, Shari Kelley, Fraser Goff, and Goff, Cathy, McLemore, Virginia, pp. 1-63. [SUMMARY]


The El Paso and Northeastern Railroad
— G. Cozzens, pp. 43.
The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Otero County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 44-45.
Geology of the Three Rivers mining district, Otero and Lincoln counties, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 45-47.
The Argentina Spring Tuff: A compositionally variable, rheomorphic ignimbrite in the Sierra Blanca, New Mexico
— Fraser Goff, J. R. Lawrence, and Cathy Goff, pp. 47-49.
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 49-50.
The Bonito pipeline
— Gary Cozznes, pp. 50-52.
The village of Nogal
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 52-53.
History of the Nogal mining district
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 53-54.
Nogal Lake
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 54-55.
The Little Bear fire
— Michael Morrow, pp. 55-57.
Bonito City
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 57-58.
Bonito Dam
— Gary Cozzens, pp. 59-60.
Geology and mineral deposits in the Capitan Mountains district, Lincoln County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 60-62.
Permian paleokarst near Ruidoso
— Geoffrey C. Rawling, pp. 62-63.
Alamogordo to La Luz, Cloudcroft, and Bluff Spring. Second-day road log
— Geoffrey Rawling, Greg Mack, Daniel Koning, Lewis Land, and Virginia McLemore, pp. 64-94. [SUMMARY]


La Luz Clay Products Pottery Plant, Otero County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 88.
Geology of the Sacramento (High Rolls) mining district, Otero County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 88-91.
Holocene fire-related sedimentation, fan aggradation, and arroyo cutting along the Rio Peñasco
— Grant A. Meyer and Jedediah D. Frechette, pp. 91-92.
Exposure of the Alamogordo fault at Laborcita Canyon and radiocarbon age constraints for its last rupture event
— Daniel J. Koning, pp. 92-94.
Alamogordo to Orogrande mining district and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Third-day road log
— Virginia McLemore, James Tabinski, James Mclemore, and Geoffrey Rawling, pp. 95-108. [SUMMARY]


History and geology of Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Otero County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 102-104.
Orogrande smelter, Otero County, New Mexico
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 104-105.
The Orogrande pipeline
— Geoffrey C. Rawling, pp. 105-106.
The disappearance of Albert Jennings Fountain
— Karl W. Laumbach, pp. 106-108.
Permian and Mesozoic rocks near Capitan and Fort Stanton. Supplemental road log
— Geoffrey Rawling, pp. 109-114. [SUMMARY]


Proposed age and origin of gypsum needles of Crystal Crawl, Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico (1.32 MB PDF)
— Victor J. Polyak, Donald G. Davis, Paula P. Provencio, and Yemane Asmerom, pp. 157-162. [ABSTRACT]
Hydrogeology of the southern Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico (2.30 MB PDF)
— Geoffrey C. Rawling, B. Talon Newton, Stacy S. Timmons, and Lewis A. Land, pp. 163-178. [ABSTRACT] Supplemental Data:
Geochemistry and geochronology of intrusive and volcanic rocks of the Three Rivers stock, Sierra Blanca, New Mexico (1.76 MB PDF)
— Fraser Goff, Robert C. Roback, William McIntosh, Cathy J. Goff, and Emily C. Kluk, pp. 183-196. [ABSTRACT]
Stratigraphy of the northwestern Sierra Blanca volcanic field (1.56 MB PDF)
— Shari Kelley, Daniel J. Koning, Fraser Goff, Colin Cikoski, Lisa Peters, and William McIntosh, pp. 197-208. [ABSTRACT] Supplemental Data:
Structure and tectonic evolution of the Sierra Blanca Basin (2.49 MB PDF)
— Daniel J. Koning, Geoffrey C. Rawling, Shari Kelley, Fraser Goff, William McIntosh, and Lisa Peters, pp. 209-226. [ABSTRACT] Supplemental Data:
The Lower Permian Abo Formation in the northern Sacramento Mountains, southern New Mexico (2.28 MB PDF)
— Spencer G. Lucas, Karl Krainer, Sebastian Voigt, David S. Berman, and Amy Henrici, pp. 287-302. [ABSTRACT]
Xiphosurid fossils from the Pennsylvanian Beeman Formation, Otero County, New Mexico (985 KB PDF)
— Spencer G. Lucas, Allan J. Lerner, William A. Dimchele, Amanda K. Cantrell, Thomas L. Suazo, and Dan S. Chaney, pp. 311-314. [ABSTRACT]
Nautiloids from the Early Permian Yeso Group, Otero County, New Mexico (713 KB PDF)
— Spencer G. Lucas and Krainer, Karl' Rinehart, Larry F., pp. 315-318. [ABSTRACT]

Recommended Guidebook Citation:

  1. Rawling, Geoffrey; McLemore, Virginia T.; Timmons, Stacy; Dunbar, Nelia; [eds.], 2014, Geology of the Sacramento Mountains Region, New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 65th Annual Field Conference, 318 pp. ISBN: 9781585461004