• February 9, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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This is a duplicate of the previous day's hike on Saturday, February 8th.  That hike filled with a waiting list.  If you're reading this after 1-19, a vacancy may have opened, so check in case this hike fills.  Please refrain from signing up for this hike if you are already accepted to the Saturday, 2/8, hike until Monday, 1/20, to give wait-listees and others a chance to sign up.  PLEASE SIGN UP ONLY FOR YOURSELF.

Join this leisurely hike into the Cebolla Canyon Wilderness and find out how new discoveries may explain not only a 13th century villa, but also predict a recurrence of similar causes.

Over 7 centuries ago the occupants left.  At the same time most people were leaving most other sites in the southwest.  They clumped together in large sites like El Morro and Sky City.  Did they know something we should?  

This site has a circular room, multi stories, and signs of an ancient road.  Is it part of Chaco?  Dr. Dittert thought not.  There are newer discoveries that have changed what many thought Chaco seemed to be - discoveries that now may connect Chaco with this place. 

These discoveries may now connect this place to nearby Casamero Site - our next hike; and, no surprise to Haa'ku, with modern Acoma.

Dr. Dittert excavated this site right after WWII.  When done, he wanted to re-fill the site.  The then private land-owner said no.  We will return nearly 70 years later to see who was right.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964 - in Wilderness!  

Enjoy the high mesa country amid nature's slumber.


8:30 AM  -  Meet at the BLM Ranger Station  (Gates unlocked 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.)

9:00 AM  -  Depart PROMPTLY.  Caravan to the trailhead.  

10:00 AM  -  Arrive at the trailhead.  From here the schedule is by group consensus until 1:30pm when BLM vehicles turn to pumpkins and rangers to ravens.

LUNCH  -  On the trail

1:30 PM  -  Return to Vehicles (or earlier by consensus)





February may give us a dry journey.  Sufficient snow at 7300 feet, or icy roads MAY LEAD TO CANCELLATION.  Check your emails 72 to 24 hours in advance.   

Check driving conditions and determine the safety of your travel route.  Go to http://nmroads.com/  then add these layers to defaults: 1) Cameras; Statewide.  2) Traffic Conditions: Statewide; Speed.  3) Current Weather; Radar. Call me at[masked] after 6 AM for same day queries. 


Visit with respect as one would a cathedral or cemetery.  Refrain from climbing, eating or boisterous behavior around sites . 

Wear multi layered clothing for changing exertion, wind, and air temps.  Carry an extra layer of clothing, gloves & a warm hat for unexpected conditions.  Use warm, snow-proof, sturdy boots.  Walking poles are especially helpful in snow and on slopes.

Carry sufficient water (>2 liters & drink well before hiking).  Carry snacks, lunch, & food for unexpected delays.

STAY TOGETHER.  Trangressers will be forgiven, but may get LOST!  Keep in 2-way sight of a BLMer.  Choose a buddy.  Alert them and a BLMer when you step away for body needs.

(((( A high clearance sturdy vehicle is nice for the final 4 miles of gravel road, then required for 1 mile of sandy 2-track.   4WD HIGHLY recommended!  ))))


Watch Meetup for Part 2 of this hike, a hike at Casamero Site.  See for yourself if these sites looks identical.

Bring a compass to check for archaeo-astronomic alignments.  Imbolc (Cross Quarter) is on 2/3; watch for sun markers.  Bring binoculars for sneaky wildlife.  Bring a camera for the exquisite low sun angles.  Bring a notebook to record the mysteries.

Hone your owl eyes, cat walk, deer ears, racoon touch, coyote smell, and raven humor.


BLM hikes are open to all; and are free of pets, firearms, and intoxicants.  This wilderness hike is entirely off-trail, out of cell coverage, and over irregular terrain above 7300 feet.  It is unsuitable for children under 12 or those unable to hike independently for 4 hours with 500 feet of elevation changes. 

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  • Todd

    Eye opening, educational, full of variety. Thanks to Paul sharing his wealth of knowledge.

    February 10, 2014

  • Nancy

    Paul, another GREAT walkabout. Your well rounded knowledge is a pleasure to listen to. Thank you.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was looking forward to this. Appreciate you, Paul. How you fire up the imagination about a land and it's people. Puts me in the mind of Dr. Who. Have to cancel though. Now have an international skype call in the morning. Job interview. :)

    February 8, 2014

  • Nancy

    Hi. I'm driving from abq. Need two passengers willing to give gas money.

    February 8, 2014

  • Elisa P.

    Two out of three of us are sick so we can't go. Sad to miss. :(

    February 8, 2014

  • Connie

    Ray I'd like to carpool too..

    February 8, 2014

  • Stephen P.

    I'd like to do this, but I would have get a ride from ABQ. I'd be happy to contribute to/split the cost of gas.

    January 19, 2014

    • Janice C.

      I'd be happy to car pool!

      February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm game to car pool as well. Someone pick a time and location and I'll be there. I'm willing to drive but have a Prius which will not be much use in the back country

      February 8, 2014

  • john k.

    Can't go. Work and related pressure...can't invest the time right now. This will be a very rewarding Meetup...a great opportunity....I've wandered Dittert area on my own and will go again, probably in a small group (it's a long drive for solo).

    February 7, 2014

  • David M.

    My wife Wanda and I would like to join the hike if room opens up.

    February 3, 2014

    • Ailene K.

      I think there's 2 slots open now....

      February 5, 2014

  • sybil k.

    Another opening for the wait list....Not able to go Sunday after all.

    February 4, 2014

  • Laurence and Cecelia Mc C.

    Got on Saturdays!

    February 4, 2014

  • Laurence and Cecelia Mc C.

    I got on Saturdays so I'm canceling Sundays

    February 4, 2014

  • Paul Y.

    Barbara, Thank you for telling us you wish to cancel. This system requires each enrollee to register or cancel individually by selecting change under the green RSVP button. As of 2/1 the list of those attending shows you and Pat as attending. As of 2/1 there are 5 wait-listed who are probably hoping you will update your status. Hope to see you next time! Thanks, paul

    February 1, 2014

  • Barbara D.

    Pat Burnam and I are dropping out of the hike. Mine is official through the RSVP, but Pat asked me to add hers in as she does not know how to do it otherwise.

    January 31, 2014

  • john k.

    Want to share a ride from Westside? Small Hyundai 4X4. Plenty capable for the road. Meet at Smiths in Taylor Ranch @ 7AM. confirm five zero three-9385

    January 30, 2014

  • Eric B.

    I just dropped off. It looks like work may keep me busy through the weekend and I wanted to give someone I the wait list time to make plans. Have fun everyone!

    January 30, 2014

  • Connie

    I am very excited to be able to come on this. Whoever dropped off just now let me be put on the list, so thank you!

    January 28, 2014

  • Laurence and Cecelia Mc C.

    We added our names to both waiting lists hope that's ok. Also we have high clearance but not 4 wheel drive. Do you think we could get a ride with someone for the last bit ?

    January 22, 2014

  • Ericka

    Im sorry .i really wanted to go but my sis bday on the same day. :0(

    January 19, 2014

  • Ericka

    Sounds very interesting. Im a newbie to the group ..looking foward to meeting everyone

    January 19, 2014

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