Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hiker extends his expertise to Four Corners.(Final)

Byline: Verne Huser For the Journal

Geological light shed on 50 treks

Ralph Lee Hopkins is uniquely qualified to write a book called "Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region." For one, he knows the terrain. Before he and his wife recently moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., they were a longtime residents of Santa Fe. Hopkins has explored the rim of the Grand Canyon and served as the official photographer for a U.S. Geological Survey expedition down the Colorado River.

With a master's degree in geology from Northern Arizona University, Hopkins also knows his subject. He has contributed a chapter to "Grand Canyon Geology" (Oxford University Press) and previously wrote "Hiking Colorado's Geology" (The Mountaineers). …

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