The Sun Temple

The Sun Temple

High on a mesa a few miles by foot from my house is a temple. I don’t know anything about this place, except that it was clearly built by a dreamer. In the corner of the straw bale and stucco building is a larger than life portrait of a woman holding a sun. Nearby there’s a yellow kayak, a solar hot tub, and a motorcycle, still propped upright. If I had to guess, I’d say this place has been abandoned for more than a decade. My friend Sarah is here visiting this weekend. It’s her first trip to New Mexico so this morning I took her on a big hike to visit the Sun Temple. This place is the Land of Enchantment.

The Temple on Waldo Mesa

Desert Kayak?

Inside the Sun Temple

Solar Hot Tub

Desert Yamaha

Sarah & the Sun Temple

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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