360° panorama by John Austin Roberts.
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Here in the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, the Rio Grande flows through ancient volcanic ash and lava flows near the small town of White Rock, New Mexico.  The river's valley follows a rift, a scar in the earth's crust, that reaches in fault lines all the way to the mantle.  The river did not erode its valley.  The earth's crust in this area sank.White Rock is a small community, primarily serving as another residential area for the employees at the nearby Los Alamos National Lab.  This overlook as well as various trails are accessed from a public park just outside town.The Sangre de Christo mountains are visible to the east with Black Mesa seen to the northeast.