Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War

Trip is Sold Out Overnight in Las Cruces

Field Trip

Friday, March 25–Sunday, March 27, 2011

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The battle of Hembrillo was the largest confrontation of the Victorio War of 1879, pitting approximately 150 Warm Springs and Mescalero Apache against 300 U.S. Army troops including Buffalo Soldiers and White Mountain Apache Scouts. Our guide, archaeologist Karl Laumbach, has extensively researched this historic battlefield located in the San Andres Mountains, and has received exclusive permission for us to visit this site on White Sands Missile Range. Laumbach is a fantastic interpreter of New Mexico’s cultural landscape and has the ability to make archaeological sites come alive. He is Associate Director of Research and Education at Human Systems Research, Inc.

Besides the site of the Hembrillo Battlefield and Victorio Peak, the tour will include a visit to some well-preserved panels of Apache rock art. We will also have an opportunity to visit an agave roasting pit excavated by Laumbach.

On Sunday we will stop to view the petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph site located along a long, basalt ridge rising from the upper Tularosa Basin. The Jornada Mogollon people living in this area between AD 900 and 1400 left behind more than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects, and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs.

Activity Level: Moderate, requires participants walking distances of up to one mile over rugged surfaces. Please call the Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 if you are uncertain about your physical ability to participate.

Cost (per person): $415 (double occupancy), $500 (single occupancy), includes roundtrip 4WD transportation from Santa Fe, accommodations, all meals, entrance fees, and guide honorarium.

Accommodations & Meals: Two nights at the Best Western Mission Inn near the historic Mesilla Plaza in Las Cruces. All meals are included: two picnic lunches, two breakfasts at the motel, two dinners at the La Posta and Pepper’s located on Mesilla Plaza, and snacks.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. We will begin accepting reservations at 8:00am on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, either by telephone (505) 954-7230) or walk-in at the SAR Membership Office, 660 Garcia Street. No reservations will be accepted before 8:00am on that day. Group size is limited—Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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