Why They Call Them Sandia

The legend around Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the southwestern U.S., is that the local mountains were named by Spanish explorers, who thought the mountains looked the color of watermelon (sandia). In addition, the evergreen tree line resembles the green of a watermelon rind. Sweet story, but probably untrue. In fact, the native Pueblos believe the Spaniards so named them because of some local squash that grew along the mountain, which the foreigners thought were watermelon.

If they’d gone just a bit further out, the mountains might have been named The Itch Bomb mountains. 🙂 Local joke.

In any case, the mountains really only look this color when the struck just right by the setting sun. Here’s a view of the mountain line, looking east, from Albuquerque.


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