Monday, January 24, 2011

Basalt Cliffs of White Rock Canyon

Basalt volcanic cliffs on edge of White Rock Canyon. In the area called "hell's hole" by local teens, it's steeper and deeper than it looks in this picture. [I stand corrected. "Hell's Hole" is a cave in the sides of this steep canyon.]

7 comments:

  1. Very nice photo! I love this kind of countryside.

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  2. The Area is not called "hell's hole." There is a cave that goes into the cliffs that is called "hell's hole."

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  3. Is the cave still intact as of June 2012?

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  4. I heard they closed it up years ago. I used to go in it all the time as a high-schooler

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  5. There are multiple entrances and exits to "Hell's Hole" some of them still accessible. The less common entrances are difficult to find and access. A back tunnel within the cave dead ends in the middle of a basalt cliff overlooking the rio grande. There are also multiple caves that are mistaken for the entrance due to the amount of graffitti marking the routes. The cave itself has a roof of boulders held together just by gravity, if you are loud enough they will shift causing a slight rumble above and around you. The large room and "rubble" room are very large but the entrances are barely large enough to squeeze through. Neat adventure but sketchy at best, especially if tight spaces bother you.

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  6. I miss this area so much. I grew up here, then left in the middle of ninth grade to move to Florida with my parents in 1978.

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