At 8500 feet elevation, growing season is short.  Formations and plant life are fragile.  And the ecosystem which has been by-passed by wildfires, logging and grazing, is virtually untouched.

Rain storms transform the canyon into a myriad of waterfalls!

Spires provide an unparalleled window into one of the world’s greatest volcanic eruptions.

In short, Cathedrals Canyon is a rare and beautiful enclave — worthy of and needful of ongoing protection.





“Acoustically as perfect as anywhere I have performed,” pronounced John Gerber, PhD.  That day in 1998 the international hornist played Benjamin Britten’s Opus 31 Prologue on the observation platform and the concept of a Cathedrals Canyon Music-in-Nature-Series was born.  This vision includes world-class guest performers (Yo Yo Ma?) playing for select audiences on this platform-amid-the-spires.  Such events, melding the purest of human sound within an awe-inspiring natural setting, could be conceived as consciousness-enhancing environmental fund-raisers. 

Other ideas include creating a “Friends of the Canyon” support/volunteer group.  Or building (on adjoining buffer lands) an environmental meeting center with spectacular views to display a history of the Valles eruptions and photographs of dramatic tentrock formations.  Or creating a center to host photography, writing, and architecture-in-nature workshops.  Such activities could educate /share with the public this unique geological gem and sacred site -- without damaging the source.


“These ideas are excellent examples of putting into practice the increasingly important concept of sustainable resource utilization.  That is, the canyon could become a metered and meaningful meeting place between humans and nature,” says Sir Russell Betts, PhD., international conservationist and former senior executive within the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF).  Betts has partnered with Adams and Bennett to find ways to assure wise use of Cathedrals Canyon in perpetuity. 

“Private ownership and stewardship of one-of-a-kind places like this is increasingly important within the global nature-protection community.   The Canyon is a manageable unit of profound beauty and value -- an unparalleled resource.  Future owners could manage it wisely for nature appreciation purposes or hold it privately and quietly as a personal, exclusive reserve.  Either way, the sacredness and beauty of the site would be well served.”