National Geographic : 1925 Sep
NEW DISCOVERIES IN CARLSBAD CAVERN 319 Photograph by Jacob Gayer A YOUTHFUL SIIIPIIERD AND IIS NANNY: NEW MEXICO The piles of rock are shelters from the sun's heat, to which the young goats are very susceptible. glories. A great earth block composed chiefly of limestone has been lifted until its crest is more than a mile above the plain. Erosion has carved this block into a series of deep gorges and crested ridges. Among the crags of these rock-ribbed fastnesses live bighorn sheep and bear and (leer. Along the streams in the can yons are delightful camp sites, where wild creatures come down to drink, and where a friendly bear occasionally interviews the camper and inquires as to his intentions of remaining where he is not particularly welcome (see pages 316 and 317). From these camping places near the streams and springs the limestone walls rise in rugged grandeur. I know of no place in America where the trailmaker and the landscape artist can find more spectacular effects. On a properly constructed trail, in a day's trip in the saddle, one could pass from desert plain, over a craggy mountain slope, to a crest more than 9,00oo feet high. In this region, adjacent to the southern border of New Mexico, Texas has se lected an area (see map, page 232) for a State park.