High Desert Field Guides

Valles Caldera: Map and Geology History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera

Excerpt: 'This handy map answers most your questions about the Caldera, so your understanding of what you see and how it came to be like this, are answered.'

Valles Caldera: Map and Geology History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera
The Valles Caldera
The first site in the United States to be declared a National Preserve

Author Kirt Kempter, geologist and volcanologist, makes geology understandable and interesting through his explanations and diagrams. Kirt is an experienced tour guide for the Smithsonian, ElderHostel and Santa Fe area tours.

This full color map of the ring-fracture caldera features:
  • Full descriptions and color photos of eight vistas of volcanic deposits able to be seen from Highway 4
  • Graphical depictions of geologic stages of buildup and collapse of volcanic mountains within the preserve
  • Complete textual explanation of geological history by geologist Kirt Kempter, Ph.D., with an elaborate timetable of 20,000,000 years of activity
  • Complete topographical map, provides information for every visitor, whether a scientist, a hiker, a cross-country skier, a fly fisherman, a hunter, an archaeologist or curious admirer of Nature's wonders


Map size: 22-1/2 inches by 33 inches, folded to 3-3/4" x 8-1/4"
Full color printing, both sides, now on waterproof paper


NOTE: For on-line purchases the "Buy Now" button takes you to the Public Lands Information Center Store in Albuquerque