New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook – 66
Geology of the Las Vegas Region


Jennifer Lindline, Michael Petronis, and Joseph Zebrowski, [editors]
2015, 312 pages.

The Las Vegas, New Mexico, region, the focus of the 2015 New Mexico Geological Society Fall Field conference, sits at the juxtaposition of the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the southern High Plains.

This guidebook presents the diverse and exceptional geology of this region, from Proterozoic crystalline basement through the Phanerozoic stratigraphy and Tertiary igneous rocks. Following the guidebook through this geologic tour will also highlight important aspects of water issues and water conveyance in this high desert region, and inevitably displays the spectacular views of Hermit Peak, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Mora River Valley, Gallinas Canyon, and the High Plains grasslands. This guidebook includes complete geologic road logs based from the City of Las Vegas, with mileages, photographs and short discussion papers on a range of topics from local landmarks, legends and lore to discussions of geologic effects on water quality and wood plant populations — in addition to recent geologic mapping and fossil assemblage reviews. The complete volume also includes a wide range of technical topics discussed in twelve different papers — from Proterozoic province boundaries to Pennsylvanian-Permian stratigraphy to evaluations of economic geologic potential for the region.

This is the 66th 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, road trip education, and entertainment for a wide range of audiences.

There are two versions of this guidebook available, the complete guidebook (312 pages), and a version with just the road logs that is spiral bound (158 pages).

ISBN: 9781585461028
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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: Las Vegas to Mineral Hill, Johnson Mesa, Gallinas Canyon, and Montezuma
— Jennifer Lindline, Barry Kues, Kenneth Bentson, and Jospeh Zebrowski, pp. 1-53. [SUMMARY]


The history of Las Vegas, New Mexico
— P. Linder, pp. 38-39.
Syntectonic emplacement of the 1.7 Ga Hermit Peak granite
— D. Cedillo, J. Lindline, H. Bosbyshell, and A. Romero, pp. 40-43.
The mountain and legend of the Hermit
— J. Lindline, pp. 44-45.
Fire history of Baker Flats in Gallinas Canyon
— S. Brown, T. Cusack, and E. Martinez, pp. 46-47.
Early human occupation of the Las Vegas region
— R. Mishler, pp. 47-48.
Restoring a watershed; grassroots efforts by the Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance
— L. Knutson, pp. 48-49.
The Montezuma skating pond
— J. Lindline, pp. 50.
The potential contribution of arsenic to the Gallinas River by the Montezuma Hot Springs
— E. A. Martinez, B. Thapa, and D. Williams, pp. 50-52.
The historic Plaza Hotel
— J. Lindline, pp. 52-53.
Second-day road log: Storrie Lake State Park to Buena Vista Ranch, Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, Watrous, and Fort Union National Monument
— Jennifer Lindline, Michael Petronis, and Jospeh Zebrowski, pp. 54-102. [SUMMARY]


Marine invertebrates from the Sandia Formation near Holman Hill, Mora County
— B. S. Kues, pp. 86-88.
A marine invertebrate fauna from the Alamitos Formation near Sapello, San Miguel County
— B. S. Kues, pp. 88-91.
The Mora Land Grant
— A. Aragon and E. Romero, pp. 91-92.
The Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge
— B. Miller, pp. 92-94.
Geology of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, Mora County
— D. Garza, J. Lindline, and J. Zebrowski, pp. 94-96.
The ladies of Fort Union: 1851-1891
— M. A. Kerstetter, pp. 97-98.
The Goodnight-Loving trail: Longhorns on the move
— K. E. Zeigler, pp. 98-99.
The Santa Fe Trail
— K. Zeigler, pp. 99-100.
Caves and cribs: The painted ladies of Fort Union
— L. Gonzales-Meredith, pp. 100-102.
Petroleum hydrocarbon remediation of Cretaceous vertical beds on the western flank of the Las Vegas Basin
— S. von Gonten and T. M. Haller, pp. 102.
Third-day road log: Las Vegas water treatment plan, Storrie Project, and Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
— Joseph Zebrowski, Jennifer Lindline, and Michael Petronis, pp. 103-139. [SUMMARY]


Regional acequia systems and organizations
— E. Romero, pp. 122.
Trace metal concentrations in sediments and benthic macroinvertebrates collected in the Gallinas River
— E. A. Martinez and B. E. Eyong, pp. 122-124.
The impacts of climate change on the Gallinas River watershed
— E. A. Martinez and M. Meneakis, pp. 125-126.
The accumulation of copper sulfate in sediment and water resulting from algaecide treatments in Peterson Reservoir, Las Vegas
— J. Martinez, D. Williams, and E. A. Martinez, pp. 126-128.
Groundwater availability and role in the long-term water supply strategy of Las Vegas
— R. Marley, C. Wolf, R. Gray, J. Kay, and M. Chudnoff, pp. 129-131.
Woody plant populations across San Miguel County and New Mexican landscapes
— Ken Bentson, pp. 131-134.
Determination of selected heavy metal concentrations and distribution in the Gallinas River using macrophytes
— C. Shu-Nyamboli, J. Lowry, and E. A. Martinez, pp. 134-136.
Late Pleistocene to Holocene paleoclimate of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent Great Plains
— M. Petronis, J. Lindline, and E. Martinez, pp. 136-138.
The ancestral Gallinas River fluvial terrace east of Las Vegas, at the Melton Ranch gravel pit
— M. S. Petronis, J. Lindline, and E. Martinez, pp. 138-139.
Trail log 1: The El Porvenir Trail - Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
— J. Lindline, A. Romero, and D. Cedillo, pp. 140-146. [SUMMARY]
Trail log 2: The Hermit Peak Trail - Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
— J. Lindline, D. Cedillo, and A. Romero, pp. 147-153. [SUMMARY]
Trail log 3: The Gallinas Nature Trail - Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
— J. Zebrowski and J. Lindline, pp. 154-157. [SUMMARY]


Paleomagnetic, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility, and geochronologic data from the Buena Vista intrusion, north-central New Mexico (2.46 MB PDF)
— M. S. Petronis, G. Castillo, J. Lindline, J. Zebrowski, W. McCarthy, D. Lemen, and W. McIntosh, pp. 193-204. [ABSTRACT]
Lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and sedimentology of the Upper Paleozoic Sangre De Cristo Formation, southwestern San Miguel County, New Mexico (1.75 MB PDF)
— S. G. Lucas, K. Krainer, W. A Dimichele, S. Voigt, D. S. Berman, A. C. Henrici, L. H. Tanner, D. S. Chaney, S. D. elrick, W. J. Nelson, and L. F. Rinehart, pp. 211-228. [ABSTRACT]

Recommended Guidebook Citation:

  1. Lindline, Jennifer; Petronis, Michael; Zebrowski, Joseph, 2015, Guidebook 66 - Geology of the Las Vegas Area, New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 66th Annual Field Conference, 312 pp. ISBN: 9781585461028