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Explore Monticello Canyon Trail [exploratory]

The Monticello Canyon is 21 miles northwest of T or C. The trail is a jeep trail, winding through the canyon, along the Alamosa River/Creek. The trail crosses the river about 100 times. The water comes from a spring called Warm Spring (does hot springs in T or C area ring a bell?). You can be assured that the stream is crystal clear and cool, and it would be a much pleasure to dip your feet in. The river is only about 12'' deep. So, bring your water shoes if you want. Or, you can just bring your bare feet (not recommended though).

This is an exceedingly beautiful and pristine canyon, and there are private properties along the trail. There are remains of the Ojo Caliente Indian Reservation. 125 years ago, Geronimo and his followers were arrested here. And that was April of 1874.

This is the first time we are foraying into this canyon as a group, so it's exploratory. But it should be an interesting hike. If we are only interested in exploring the ruins, we can drive right up there. But with plenty of water running, we may not be able to resist walking along the stream a bit more. So, the hiking distance could be only couple miles of walking around; or, we may choose to walk a bit more to work up a good appetite for lunch. 

Talking about lunch, we are going to have a picnic right by the water. So, bring your favorite foods to share with the group if you want. Or keep your food to yourself (like if you are a very picky eater).

We did not try to find out if there's fire restriction or not. But fire is not necessary to begin with. Why bother.

Water melon would be something essential, though.

So, it's just a day to get out of the heat, and the noise of the city, get to the water, in a cool canyon, enjoy nature, enjoy the day, enjoy life.

If you care to comment what you are bringing, that's fine. You can keep it as a surprise for the group, if you want to.

See you 7:00am at the Kmart parking lot.

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  • jody M.

    Ahhhh, this was soooooo refreshing. Loads of fun, nice job Steve.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Yubao

    Many thanks to Steve for organizing this adventure. Everybody had fun. We need to go back there again this summer.

    2 · June 23, 2014

  • John

    II will meet you at TH.

    June 22, 2014

  • steven

    you don't need a jeep

    June 17, 2014

    • Yubao

      We are going to HIKE the jeep trail, partially.

      June 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok. But to hike only partially... :)

      June 21, 2014

  • steven

    no

    June 21, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Ok, so do you need a 4 wheel drive or a high clearance vehicle?

    June 21, 2014

  • jody M.

    Steve, we'll meet you at KMart

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Rosario R.

    I seriously was looking forward to hike Monticello Canyon and to share some drunk watermelon drink but I will wait for the next one.

    See you all on the trails :)
    RR

    June 21, 2014

  • Samat

    Been on my bucket list for a while as well. I need help w/ carpool too… is anyone interested in heading to the hot springs in ToR afterwards? $10/head/hour.

    June 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Samat! I'm thinking of going. Should I just get to Kmart and see how carpooling will work? I can take my car, but only if they're sure it'll make it. I would love to go to the hot springs after. ..

      June 20, 2014

    • Samat

      @Roberta: Yah, just make it to K-Mart. Unfortunately, I can't make it this Sunday…

      June 20, 2014

  • Lewis

    Is anyone coming from El Paso? If yes, please text/call me at[masked]-6586.
    Thanks!

    June 20, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Remember, you have to pass through a check point to get to T or C. You know who, don't forget your papers!

    June 19, 2014

  • Renee

    I'm going to bring a fantastic baked good for dessert. What kind? That's a surprise!

    June 19, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Well, I'll have to wait a little longer to get to Monticello canyon. Something has come up and I'm unable to attend.

    June 18, 2014

  • jody M.

    Steve, Will we be picnicking near the TH or will we be carrying our potluck stuff on the hike? Also, are we hiking up the canyon after starting near Monticello, or hiking down it from HWY 52? Trying to figure out where to meet up with you.

    June 18, 2014

  • Randy

    Have fun! It's a great area.
    http://hikearizona.com/trip=77631

    June 18, 2014

  • Yubao

    Since in the description it says that watermelon is essential, I figure I will bring watermelons.

    June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to attend this trail but I don't have jeep. Is anybody available for carpool on the jeep trail? Please let me! Thank you in advance!

    June 17, 2014

  • Robert H.

    Will try to make this trip. This canyon has been on my "to do" list for almost 8 years. I'll better know towards Friday if I can actually make it. Will advise group of my final decision.
    Have 4WD and can drive

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • steven

    yes

    June 16, 2014

  • steven

    options are available

    June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The trail is a jeep trail. Is it for people who have jeeps or any options are available. I am interesting in this trail. Thank you for information.

    June 13, 2014

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