Hillsboro NM Vault Exploration

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
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This is going to be a little different I talked about doing this hike for a while and I am finally ready to do it of course you need the correct gear but besides that you need a sense of adventure!

Because of the Environment of the Cave, dogs will not be permitted inside Because of Diseases that could hurt them or the Bats. So it would be best to leave them at home I will be leaving mine!

QUICK REFERENCE Distance - 160 miles of driving and maybe more just depending

Fees - None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

Duration - We will finish by 5 pm

Pet Friendly - NO Don't Bring your pooch they will be sad they can't go in!

Skill Level - Moderate. This hike will be mostly on trail, but the trail is steep with loose rock. Terrain - Sandy then mountainside

Weather - is TBD, it can be windy. Typically doesn't matter, we usually hike rain or shine, unless there is a lightning storm or a particularly bad wind storm. We won't decide to cancel until an hour before the event.

Meet - At Las Cruces: 8 AM at the Kmart on HW70 (see on Google Maps,OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map). We will carpool from here so please do not be late!

More information - Map of area

DETAILS What You Should Bring

Clothing - Weather Appropriate attire. Check the day of the event, plan accordingly. You will also be exercising and sweating so keep that in mind. Wear thick soled shoes with some tread. Water - Always a good idea in the desert. At least a liter per person is preferable. Camera- For taking Pictures

Miscellaneous Kid Friendliness - As the parent or guardian you know best what your child is capable of. Use common sense, but if you need further details ask in the comments. In the end you and you alone are responsible for your child. Medical Concerns - This is at times strenuous exercise, performed outdoors. If you are unsure for any reason please consult your physician before attempting any of our hikes. Late Arrival - It is very important that if you are going to be late or decide to cancel at the last minute to let us know. We don't want to hold up the group because of stragglers. And please RSVP, it really helps if we have an accurate accountability of the number of hikers.

See you soon! ***Caution/Disclaimer: Each individual hiker is responsible for their own personal safety/health and of their guests when participating in Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club activities. The organizers of Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club and the Jornada Hiking & Outdoor Club are not liable for any illness, injury, accident, mechanical break-down, or unforeseen acts that may occur while you participate going to, during, or after any activity. If you have a medical condition that may be aggravated by any kind of physical activity you must make your own personal decision about attending and not hold any of the volunteer organizers liable. All organizers are volunteers and are not compensated during any activity.***


Caving is an inherently dangerous activity and the cave environment is characterized by a number of dangers which include, but are not limited to: cold temperatures, confined spaces, potential flooding, hazardous and exposed climbing, open pits, entrapment, diseases, and wild animals. There are other dangers not listed in the previous sentence and, in case of accident or injury, adequate medical assistance may not be available for an indeterminate period of time. It is incumbent on each person to take responsibility for their own safety and to seek out appropriate instruction and training from qualified groups or individuals before entering a cave.

Material on this site is presented as information for the consideration of knowledgeable and experienced cave explorers only. Cavers are solely responsible for their safety in caves, and this site works the same way. This site does not provide instruction on cave exploration techniques or safety. This information may or may not be accurate and/or safe. It may lead to equipment damage, monetary loss, injury, or death. There may be hidden hazards that arise only under certain conditions.