The Archaeology of Cañada Alamosa

Field Trip, (this trip is full and closed to new registration)

Friday, November 8–Sunday, November 10, 2013

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Join SAR for a unique trip exploring prehistoric pueblos in the remote terrain of the Black Range southwest of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Archaeologist Karl Laumbach, who has thirty-four years experience conducting archaeological fieldwork in New Mexico and is a popular SAR Sparks speaker, will be our guide for this amazing adventure.

Our destination is the Monticello Box Ranch, located west of the historic farming village of Monticello. Four prehistoric pueblos are located on this private ranch owned by SAR President’s Council members Dennis and Trudy O’Toole. We will travel up the Rio Alamosa, making more than thirty stream crossings to visit several archaeological sites, including the 447-room Victorio Site, a thirteenth-century pueblo, and the Pinnacle Ruin, a large terraced community believed to have been home to a migrant community from the Mesa Verde region.

We will also hike a short distance to the site of Ojo Caliente, or “warm spring,” from which the Warm Spring Apaches took their name. This spring rises from a depth of 1,500 feet and flows at a rate of 2,000 gallons per minute. To complete our day on the ranch, we will visit the adobe ruins of Fort Harmony, the center of a large reservation established by Ulysses S. Grant in 1874 and given to Victorio’s Warm Spring Apaches. The forced removal of the Apaches to this reservation was the catalyst for the bloody and tragic Victorio War of 1879–1880.

Additional Activities: Trip participants will also visit the El Camino Real International Heritage Center overlooking the Jornada del Muerto. This museum celebrates The Royal Road used by Spanish explorers and colonists from 1598 until 1885. Our accommodations at the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences (formerly known as Hot Springs) offer an opportunity for participants to enjoy a private hot-spring soak each day of our stay. Please go to their website to preview the accommodations and amenities.

Activity Level: Moderate, participants should be in good health as we are traveling through a remote location and walking on uneven terrain in undeveloped archaeological sites.

Cost (per person): $450 double occupancy and $600 single occupancy, includes two nights lodging at the deluxe Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa with its amenities, all meals, lectures, guide honorarium, round-trip 4WD transportation from SAR, and entrance fees. Departure from SAR at noon on November 8th and return by noon on November 10th.

Trip Registration: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR will be using a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 54 KB) by mail—postmarked no later than May 3, 2013. Do not send any trip payment with your lottery registration. A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by May 9, 2013. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration prior to lottery.

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