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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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  • John

    Great time, thanks Steve for anther great hike. By the way I found a pair of hiking boots in my truck. Let me know if they belong to you.

    August 16, 2014

    • Joe

      I think they belong to janet

      August 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The rancher put them there to confuse us.

      August 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have done this trail in Jeeps but hiking it with this group was so more enjoyable and fun!!!!. Thanks everyone!!!

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Carol

    She's talking to you John!

    1 · August 19, 2014

    • Amanda

      Haha! I was talking to everyone, but yes you too John! :P

      August 19, 2014

  • Amanda

    Please post your pictures, guys! Such a beautiful hike :)

    August 19, 2014

    • Charles B.

      would if I knew how, I called Steve and he doesn't know either.

      August 19, 2014

    • Amanda

      hmm. Usually if you just upload and save the pictures onto your computer, you can click on the picture album above (it has a little upload tab under it) and it will take you step by step.

      August 19, 2014

  • Joe

    Listing this as one of my favorites. Thanks Steve for hosting. Thanks John for forcing us to drive further up the canyon against our will.

    1 · August 17, 2014

  • Charles B.

    I have some nice photos of this event, but cannot find a way to upload them.
    Charles

    August 16, 2014

  • Carol

    On my way from El Paso

    August 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth O.

    Is this potluck or bring a lunch?

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It sounds very interesting. I need a ride if anyone has a seat available. Thanks.

    August 15, 2014

  • Charles B.

    Does anyone have room for two more? Youngja and I would love to go on this hike.

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans, not going to be able to make it.

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we are doing a picnic, we do we also need plates and utensils? Or is this a finger food picnic?

    August 14, 2014

    • steven

      bring them anyway we may need them

      August 15, 2014

  • Carol

    Thanks for the info Patricia, going to go buy water shoes today!

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans. Won't be able to attend. I was really looking forward to this hike. You folks have great fun!!

    August 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just drove in from the north yesterday and arroyos are running all the way between Albq. and Cruces. So Monticello is going to be running big time. Be ready to get wet.

    August 14, 2014

  • allen d.

    Steve, What time do we anticipate being back. In Las cruces?

    August 12, 2014

    • steven

      approx. around 5:00

      August 12, 2014

  • Carol

    Patricia, I'll take you up on that offer if you don't mind! Will be driving in from El Paso.

    August 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem, see you then.

      August 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to the group but have done Monticello Canyon in Jeeps. Its a great place and lots of fun. I can drive and will have extra room.

    August 6, 2014

  • Amanda

    I would like to join, but will need a ride if anyone plans on going and will have extra seats available. Thanks!

    July 21, 2014

    • steven

      somebody will have a seat for you

      July 22, 2014

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