0305 City of Rocks, NM

0305 City of Rocks, NM

In the morning we go Javalina in Silver City to do a remote computer session and begin the blog update process. Upon returning to the park, we take our last walk through the rocks saying goodbye for now.
A lovely photo of Table Top Mountain.
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0304 Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM

0304 Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM

I wake up knowing this is the day we go to the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
“Considered by archaeologists to be on the northernmost portion of the Mogollon People’s sphere of influence (The Mogollon lived in what is now Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico), the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is home to two prominent ruins sites among a collection of smaller sites located within the Gila Wilderness inside the Gila National Forest.”
We leave at 9. It’s a 2 hour drive.
On the way through the Gila Wilderness.  (more…)

0302 City of Rocks, NM

0302 City of Rocks, NM

In the morning we go for a last hike on the mountain loop.
On the way out we drive by this mountain again. It reminds me of Ankylosaurus.
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0301 Rock Hound, NM

0301 Rock Hound, NM

The dust storm is over. The sky is totally clear. Mid-day temps are predicted to be in the mid-70’s. We’re going to Spring Canyon for a hike! This is a small park about 2 miles away that is managed by Rock Hound. It’s only open 4 days a week, has no camping. It’s a day use picnic and hiking area.
There was a poster of an Ibex’s in the Visitor’s Center at Rock Hound. I’m standing there looking at this photo knowing that this is not a native animal. How did they got here?
A text poster a few feet away… “The New Mexico herd came from Iran in the early 1970s, and are considered Persian or Bezoar ibex. The herd size is somewhere between 400 and 600 animals. The mountain range is 9 miles long and 6.5 miles wide, and is comprised of very steep, difficult terrain. ”
How cool would that be to see an ibex! Even in the distance standing on a rock.
(Not one we saw. Online download…)
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0228 Rock Hound State Park, NM

0228 Rock Hound State Park, NM

We wake early. Light just beginning to show on the horizon. We go for walk in the growing morning glow. The wind is picking up today to around 20-30 mph and there is a dust storm warning.
Yesterday we went for an exploratory walk in Spring Canyon, a nearby park managed by Rock Hound that is a day use only park.

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