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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.

After the hike we will stop in Chloride an 1890 ghost town. 
 


 

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  • Rosario R.

    The mango, soy sauce chicken cherries, melon, Dos Equis beer a perfect combination.

    July 12, 2015

  • Rosario R.

    What a lovely water hiking trip! I want to repeat this water hiking trip one hundred times.

    July 12, 2015

  • Shu Y. M.

    Steve, Thank you! It was a most exciting scenic hike we did so far, super impressed by the natural beauty of Monticello Canyon.

    1 · July 11, 2015

  • Amanda

    I'm still super sad I couldn't make it. If you do it again this summer please let me know ahead of time so I can check my schedule and request time off if needed. I work one two Saturdays a month

    July 11, 2015

  • Helen H.

    perfect day, wonderful folks, a beautiful, pristine canyon

    July 11, 2015

  • cindy

    Was great getting my feet wet ! Beautiful canyon...

    July 11, 2015

  • cindy

    Raining is this trip on ?

    July 11, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this hike going all the way to the hot spring??????

    July 10, 2015

    • steven

      where starting near the hot spring and hiking into the canyon for about 2.5 miles then turning around an then going up to the spring.

      July 10, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to pool into someone else's ride @ Kmart (me + my brother) Anyone able to, please safely, drive us to this adventure?

    July 10, 2015

  • Lu H.

    Would anyone be able to pick me up near Red Hawk golf course?

    July 9, 2015

    • steven

      I will p/u up

      July 9, 2015

  • Helen H.

    I will be up in TorC and would like to connect in TorC, if you stop. or else at the canyon entry point.

    July 7, 2015

  • Yubao

    Like I commented on the last week same hike, there's the real chance the canyon may be closed to public forever. If you haven't been to this canyon before, this might could well be the last with this group.

    1 · July 6, 2015

    • Yubao

      The property owners want it closed.

      July 6, 2015

    • Cathy

      They should close it to vehicle traffic but keep it open to hikers. It is too beautiful to close to hiking, and it was ridiculous having those trucks driving in the canyon!

      1 · July 6, 2015

  • Amanda

    I'm super bummed I can't do this hike, it is schedule for the one saturday I have to work this month :((((

    July 5, 2015

  • Cathy

    Didn't we just do this hike last weekend?? Well it is a wonderful place!

    July 2, 2015

    • steven

      I had a request to do this hike agaim

      1 · July 2, 2015

  • steven

    8

    July 2, 2015

  • Lu H.

    Is it 7 or 8 am at Kmart?

    July 2, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a 'maybe' for this hike. I am brand new to Las Cruces and would love to explore the area and meet new, and like-minded, people. My schedule is a bit unpredictable right now though. Hopefully I can make it! Thanks!

    July 2, 2015

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