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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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I would of continued if there was some communications between the cars about how much farther it was to the trailhead. Since there was no cell service I would of thought after talking to the rancher someone would of come over to the other cars and let us know. 10 more minutes or 10 more miles and entering were there was a no trespassing sign. After, 4 hours of driving around and dogs getting restless in the car I turned around and left. I will go next time it is closer to Las Cruces

    June 28, 2015

  • Omali J.

    It was a fantastic hike..:-D thank you steve for arranging that

    June 28, 2015

  • larry m.

    great

    1 · June 28, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. It was fun to meet all of you. I have about 20 pics to share. Will work on that this evening. The beauty of Monticello Canyon is a wonderful New Mexican Treasure. Thank you Steven for coordinating the trip.

    1 · June 28, 2015

  • Lori C.

    Coming w Michele...bringing a veggie noodle salad, bowls and some plastic silverware (will leave in cooler in car for after hike)

    June 26, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many people have vehicles that can go on the Jeep trail?

    June 26, 2015

    • Cathy

      I don't think my Prius will do well on a jeep trail. Hoping I can catch a ride with someone!

      June 26, 2015

  • Valentina

    HELLO HIKERS!

    Steven just called me to let me know he's been having trouble signing into meetup.com, so he hasn't been able to answer your posts. I'm answering here for him --
    We are still on for tomorrow @ 7am in Kmart parking lot. Please, make sure to be on time and with a tank full of gas!


    Juli - Steve says there is only one road in and out but he's not familiar with the area enough to say yes or no.

    Yvonne - Steve says that's fine re: cooler. The hike per se is not that long so we can just eat once we get back to the cars if folks prefer not to carry the food. Take a snack and enough water during the hike, though...

    June 26, 2015

  • Juli I.

    Will I be able to drive out of Monticello in my Lexus SUV up to the box canyon? Or is there a different road available that goes all the way to the Ojo Indian ruins?

    June 26, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I also have a 350 rx hoping we can drive them there.

      June 26, 2015

    • Juli I.

      The info said we can drive all the way up to the Ojo Caliente Indian reservation. I might do that and then do a reverse hike.

      June 26, 2015

  • Yvonne D.

    OK -- I am going to bring treats for the picnic that stay in a cooler instead of my backpack -- so if anyone wants them we will have to go back to the cars first. Lol!

    June 26, 2015

  • Arianna

    Would it be possible to meet directly at the hiking location instead of the Kmart parking lot? If so, where would that be and around what time?

    June 24, 2015

    • Arianna

      Hey Cathy. Thanks so much for the info. I live in the NE so I think I'd better just drive directly from here. My father might come with me too. Thanks so much for reaching out to me and I look forward to meeting you on the hike! 😄

      1 · June 26, 2015

    • Cathy

      Arianna I hope to see you to tomorrow! Lewis let me know if you want to carpool. If so we can meet around 6:15 which sounds really awful right now. Lol

      1 · June 26, 2015

  • Yvonne D.

    For the picnic -- do we need to bring food that travels in our backpacks well or will we going back to the cars before lunch where we can keep something in a cooler?

    2 · June 25, 2015

    • Danielle L.

      Good question. I'd also like to know...

      June 26, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    like Valentina I am watching my weight so will my own food. thanks to all

    June 25, 2015

  • Renee

    I'm going to make a pecan dessert.

    1 · June 25, 2015

  • Yubao

    Vacating the county road means that the county will no longer maintain it and the public will no longer have access to that portion on both sides of the Monticello Box (shown in the pictures).
    For more information please contact the Sierra County Administration Office: [masked])
    Their website (http://www.sierracountynm.gov/) will provide updates on this issue when available.

    June 23, 2015

  • Yubao

    The association’s chairman, Randy Coil, in an April 13, petition for vacation of the county road, stated problems including littering, illegal camping, off-roading, speeding, endangerment of livestock, theft “and many other reasons..”
    The Alamosa Creek remains open for the present time pending further review and input from a major landowner (Mr. Randy Coil). The creek runs through his property and he has been requested to allow the Monticello Community Ditch Association access through his property to maintain the water flow and have access to the springs. There has been no word from Mr. Coil as of this date.
    Pending his response, the process will move forward with additional approvals needed.

    June 23, 2015

  • Yubao

    Proposed Closure of Monticello Canyon Box Access

    June 23, 2015 At issue – the landowners along the Alamosa Creek and the sheriff’s department of Sierra County have cited issues of land misuse and destruction along the creek leading to the Monticello Box Canyon. Enough pressure from the two groups persuaded both county commissions (Sierra & Socorro) to approve vacating the portion of the creek leading into and out of the box canyon.
    “The unique attractiveness of the area… has caught the attention of the general public with an increasingly heavy traffic flow of jeeps, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles,” states a resolution adopted by the Monticello Community Ditch Association in November 2014.

    June 23, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing Lucy the golden hiking on the leash dog also.

    June 22, 2015

  • Valentina

    I'm dieting so I'll bring my own food.

    June 22, 2015

  • Omali J.

    I'm coming definitely, wish to car pool you Steve! :-D

    June 21, 2015

  • Valentina

    Dogs?

    June 21, 2015

  • Rosario R.

    OK! I have to wait for the next Monticello trip :(

    June 21, 2015

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