Slumgullion Earthflow

That is the fancy name given to this massive landslide which occurred over 850 years ago.  A large portion of the top of Mesa Seco, weakened by rain, finally gave way and 4,000 tons of dirt slide down the hill.  This dammed up a river and created Lake Cristobal, the second largest natural lake in Colorado.

A second slide occurred approximately 350 years ago.  That clump of dirt is still moving downhill at about 20 feet per year.

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This is from the bottom of the hill looking up:

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And looking 45 degrees to the left from where I took that picture I saw this more recent area, right next to the road:

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I decided I’d better keep on moving down the road before the road started moving on it’s own….  Besides, I was anxious to get to my next stop (see next post).