SOLSTICE SUNRISE PETROGLYPH CALENDAR

  • June 22, 2014 · 5:00 AM
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Join this annual BLM ranger-led hike and decide for yourself why the ancestors placed this site atop a mesa in the 13th century. And ponder even greater mysteries, which become clearer onsite.

Visit with respect (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RelidlknksI) and tread lightly over ancient beaches, lagoons, and oysters. We will observe the rich images the ancestors left hewn in the cliffs. We will observe the sunrise surprise - a sun marker previously discovered by this meetup. And after taking in the beauty all around we will descend off the mesa top.  This is a nearly 6 foot cliff.  It's a rare walk through a lesser known but equally rich time in this part of the world. (http://www.camelotintl.com/world/)


HISTORY How much did the 3 southwestern cultures affect these pueblos through which we will venture? Hohokam is waning to the west, Mogollon is in flux to the south and the most familiar, Chaco part 2 (Aztec), is waxing to the north. With great appreciation to those who have shared their studies, to the BLM archaeologists, and to the modern descendants - we will walk from a Puebloan rock art site, then to a mesa-top Pueblo III site and, to other sites if time and temperature permit.  We will end asking why did this rich and long lived spot wane in El Malpais NCA. Equally important for we moderns, how could they have flourished with no fossil fuels to power their relatively high population?  What did they know about water that we dont?

TIMETABLE   Depart at 5 AM sharp from the BLM Joe Skeen Camp Ground entrance at State Road 117.  If you're late, they won't wait.  Arrive quietly to avoid disturbing sleeping campers.  Refrain from driving into the campground.  Leave excess vehicles at the campground entry road, not the campground.  Those who camp here overnight should arise quietly and drive quietly out of the campground and down to the highway for the 5AM departure.  Carpool and arrive at the trail head by 5:30 AM. Expect 5 actual miles of hiking - the horizontal distance is closer to 3 miles. Expect total vertical elevation change of at least 1500 feet (total ups and downs) at an elevation average of 7300 feet ASL. Return to the vehicles before noon.

FORMALITIES   Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Howard Zanhiser's WIlderness Act.  This hike is in the Cebolla Wilderness  which contains precious cultural, biological, and geological treasures. We will limit ourselves to 25 voyagers to lessen our impact.  Please refrain from signing up for others.  EACH ATTENDEE WILL SIGN UP FOR THEMSELVES.  We will refrain from collecting anything, or from treading on ancient walls or rubble. It will be easy - we walk with smiling awareness. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RelidlknksI)  BLM El Malpais NCA hikes are open to all and free of pets, firearms, and intoxicants.  (Not recommended for kids under 12 or folks with impaired gait.) 

REGISTERING FOR THIS HIKE MEANS YOU AGREE TO STAY WITHIN SIGHT AND HEARING OF THE GROUP, OR ADVISE THE LEADER IF YOU CANT.

SURVIVAL   Starting at dawn means chilly times - below 40F - AND a cool day's hike that escapes the afternoon heat up to 90F! The secret to a happy hike includes a well hydrated body. Tank up on water before hand. If the body seeks a privy bush from time to time - good - it's fully hydrated. Just pick a hike buddy and let them know of your venture. Loose breathable clothing sheds solar heat. Shoes and long pants should be sturdy. (Skilled hikers that wear shorts and/or sandals are responsible for avoiding injury and thus not slowing the hike.  Please maintain great levels of vigilance from the many pricklys, pokeys, & jaggedies. Bring a snack and/or breakfast/brunch. Wear a wide brimmed hat and sun protection. 

Happy Trails!

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  • Mary M

    Had car issues today. Any chance of catching a ride in the am? I live near I-40 and rio grande?

    June 21

    • Judith

      Meet us at 3:20am in the Denny's parking lot at Menaul & Juan Tabo

      June 21

  • joseph

    My car was just rear-ended this morning, and the tailights don't work. So, I will not be able to drive. I would still like to go, if anyone is able to pick me up Sun. a.m. on the Eastside (near Menaul and tramway).

    June 20

  • joseph

    Does anyone want to carpool on Sun. morning from ABQ (east side). I know it means leaving insanely early, but I cannot camp out. I live near Menaul and Tramway and can drive.

    June 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, we can't make the hike (Damn job!!) we do want to catch the next hike you do in the area though.....

    June 19

  • Judith

    Those who want to camp Saturday night / meet at the Starbucks on Rio Grande at 7:00 Reply Yes Camp!
    and be there.

    Those who want to drive Sunday morning / meet at
    Starbucks on Rio Grande at 3:00 AM Reply Yes Drive
    Sunday and be there.

    June 17

    • Sean

      Yes Camp! But 7 (am or pm) is too early/late. I'll leave from the west side around 4pm. I have room for one other. Otherwise I'll meet y'all there.

      June 18

    • Tiffany

      I work until 530 or 6, otherwise I would.

      June 18

  • Linn C.

    Unfortunately, I am having to change my rsvp to no as plans have changed for the weekend due to the birth of my granddaughter...catch u all next time.

    June 18

  • Debbie P.

    Actually, I changed my RSVP a couple weeks ago. I'm not going on the trip. I ended up going camping in that area with my family. Hope you have a good time. We camped at the Wolf Sanctuary and howled with the wolves.

    June 18

  • Debbie P.

    I'll be camping the night before. This sounds awesome.

    May 21

    • Paige

      Hi Debbie- my husband and I want to camp. What time do you anticipate getting to the camp site?

      June 18

  • Paul Y.

    Howdy All!
    Just a friendly reminder to arrive quietly before our 5AM sharp departure. We meet at the highway entrance to the campground, not the campground itself. I'll leave my parking lights on so you can line up behind.
    CAMPERS: please arise quietly and drive down to the highway before 5AM. There are 10 campsites whose capacity is 8 campers with 2 vehicles max. For the myriad car & camping alternatives - if the campsite is full - phone the ranger station beforehand between 9AM - 4 PM 7 days/week: 505.280.2918.
    Hasta

    June 17

  • Sean

    Ok, I'm registered and plan to camp the night before. Anyone want to carpool, convoy or just meet at the camp site? Camping is better with others :-)

    June 17

  • Sean

    Can we sleep in our vehicles there if the camp sites are full? Would it be expected to be full with campers?

    June 17

  • Tiffany

    I really would like to go but I don't want to make the drive by myself. Can I catch a ride or a passenger/s that can pitch for gas and would want to camp Sat? This would help my uneasiness of camping and hiking with strangers, also! lol

    June 16

  • Paul Y.

    Hi Debbie, You're already registered for this hike. The campground has 10 free sites: 1st come - 1st served, and requires no registration. http://www.fourcornersgeotourism.com/content_detail.php?uid=fcaC440C840D1864BF70

    May 22

  • Debbie P.

    What do you mean by register? Are you talking about reserving a campsite?

    May 22

  • Paul Y.

    Hi Cornelia, Thanks for signing up. Please pass on to anyone interested in joining that each attendee must register themselves.

    May 22

  • cornelia h.

    Hi Paul, Can't miss this trip once again! I have a niece visiting and would like to add her as a guest..is that feasible??

    May 21

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