The 2020 March field trip will be held March 13th and 14th near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The primary focus of this trip is gaining access for URARA members to visit the remarkable Galisteo Basin petroglyphs located on private property within Pueblo San Cristobal in of northern New Mexico. This docent led tour will begin on Saturday, March 14th. While this is a free trip, please consider donating $10 each to help defray the cost of travel and meals for the docent. This money will be given to the Museum of Northern New Mexico.
On Friday March 13th, we will tour another quality petroglyph site known a La Cieneguilla. This site is located near Santa Fe. Both sites are discussed on various web sites. I invite you to view these sites ahead of your trip. Each of these sites will take a full day.
Both sites can be considered moderate to difficult particularly if weather conditions are not favorable. If you have any reservations about safety, this is not the trip for you. If weather is extremely bad, the trip will be cancelled. Be sure to plan for poor weather by bring appropriate footwear and clothing. A walking stick is a must. If wet weather should occur both sites can become muddy. At La Cieneguilla, you will encounter loose basalt scree on steep sloping terrain which will make footing difficult.
Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 12 members plus field trip leaders. A waiting list will be maintained should a members wish to cancel. The limited number for the trip is due to restriction placed upon visitors by the owners of San Cristobal. We are in hopes that those attending will create a favorable impression of URARA so that future trips will be made.
More details, such as when and where to convene, trip itineraries, lodging options, etc. will be provided to each attending member well before the trip and as final trip information becomes available.
The trip coordinator is Jim King.
Books and Papers
Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782
La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, USA, Degradation 1933-2016
San Cristobal: Voices and Visions of the Galisteo Basin
Hiking La Cieneguilla
La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site (Blog + YouTube slide show)
La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs (Blog + slide shows)
Petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla (YouTube slide show with music)