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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Pumice

waffle garden with pumice mulch

Pumice holds water and works great as a mulch in farming.

photo by sally king

The Rock
Pumice is a very light, porous rock that is formed from gas-filled magma during some volcanic eruptions. Because it is porous, it absorbs and holds water. Pumice covers some areas of the park.

The Uses
Areas of soil covered with pumice were good for growing crops because pumice holds moisture.

Did You Know?

Mule Deer Fawn

Mule deer fawns only keep their spots for the first several months of life. These spots provide camouflage for the young animals when their mothers must leave them to feed.