This afternoon K and I decided to go on an adventure. We originally were thinking about heading to El Rito, which is a town near Abiquiu. El Rito was having a gallery crawl this weekend that sounded like fun. We opted not to, though, because El Rito is a several hours drive from us.
Instead, K heard of some petroglyphs that are practically in our backyard. They are on BLM land in La Cieneguilla, which is right off of Airport Road in Santa Fe. Neither K nor I had ever been there before and, I gotta say, it was pretty awesome.
To get there, continue on Airport Road past the intersection with 599. Pass the horse stable place and Calle Debra. You will see a nice fenced-in parking area on the right hand side of the road. Park there and the trail head and trail is very well-marked. Like so:
The trial moseys along a barbed wire fence for a while, but eventually cuts toward the escarpment. There were A TON of petroglyphs up there. I took some choice pics. Here's one of a cool looking bird and some deer/horses:
Here's a close up of a turtle/lizard/horny toad:
Here's K with a whole bunch of awesome ones (and some electric green moss):
And another one of K with the glyphs:
And me and some additional petroglyphs:
The trial climbs up the cliff side and then you scramble over rocks to walk the length of the cliff. It's a beautiful view up there. Those are the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance:
We ended up scurrying up some rocks to the top of the mesa and taking an alternate route back to the car. It was a lovely, short, easy to moderate hike around.
When we got back to the car, we picked up a bunch of cans which we collect and take to the scrap yard for cash-money. What is it with people throwing their garbage all over the place here?
Check out that sky!^
Edited to Add: I forgot to post this petroglyph of a dog/coyote:
I liked this one because I thought it looked like Lucy (she's the one on the right):