In the heart of a 13 million year old volcano crater is now a peaceful meadow. As noted on a nearby sign:
"The American people recently purchased approximately 88,900 acres of spectacular Baca Ranch. This ancient volcano is now the "Valles Caldera Natural Preserve" a unit of the National Forest Service.
The price paid for the Baca Ranch was $101,000,000 including the portion purchased by the Pueblo of Santa Clara. The Land & Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF) was used to purchase the Preserve. Monies deposited in the L&WCF come from offshore drilling royalties and other user fees."
Wow. That's a lot of cash. After driving through it all day, I can say that it's wonderful. But for a hundred million dollars...
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