Geology of the Cochiti mining district, Sandoval County, New Mexico
— David J. Wronkiewicz, David I. Norman, Gary A. Parkison, and Karl M. Emanuel


The Cochiti or Bland mining district is located in Sandoval County in north-central New Mexico. The district lies about 80 km (50 mi) due north of Albuquerque and 50 km (30 mi) due west of Santa Fe on the southeast flank of the Jemez Mountains (Fig. 1). Elevations in the district range from about 2,100 to 2,500 m. The topography in the area is very rough, with steep northwest—southeast-trending canyons and intervening ridges. Two main drainages occur in the area, Bland Canyon to the east and Colle Canyon to the west. The old townsite of Bland has only a few buildings still standing and about three permanent residents.

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Recommended Citation:

  1. Wronkiewicz, David J.; Norman, David I.; Parkison, Gary A.; Emanuel, Karl M., 1984, Geology of the Cochiti mining district, Sandoval County, New Mexico, in: Rio Grande rift--northern New Mexico, Baldridge, W. S.; Dickerson, P. W.; Riecker, R. E.; Zidek, J., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 35th Field Conference, pp. 219-222.

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