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DISCOVER a 13th CENTURY VILLA in the HIGH MESA WINTER

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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.

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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.

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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.

SCHEDULE

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)

MAP

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WEATHER

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.

NECESSITIES

Visit with respect as one would a cathedral or cemetary. 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! ))))

OPTIONS

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.

FORMALITIES

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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