Manki Cayon, New Mexico

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A fictional canyon mentioned in Listening Woman, published in 1978, the third novel in Tony Hillerman's Navajo detective series. In this novel, Joe Leaphorn drives through Manki Canyon in order to reach the also fictional Short Mountain Trading Post, a major setting of the novel. According to Hillerman, this canyon is close to the real Cow Springs Ranch, a former watering hole on an old wagon route in Luna County, in the southwestern corner of New Mexico.

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"Moonset over Spring Canyon State Park from Kunuku Manana outside Deming New Mexico, January 7, 2013," photograph, by Karl Larson. All Rights Reserved. Use with permission only.

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