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Jun 26 2012
Stoic
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 Avondale,Az
Casamero RuinsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2012
Stoic
Hiking0.30 Miles 40 AEG
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Day 1

Kin Ya'a
Casamero Ruins
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Real easy to find, not to far off the interstate. Worth the side trip, if your in the area.
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Casamero RuinsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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My wheels finally hit the pavement on Route 9, and I still didn't know my plan. Casamero was further south, Kin Bineola was to the west. I wanted to do both, but it was a question of how best to reach them and get home. Via Shiprock and Kayenta, or via I-40 and Hopi? I turned right and began my drive towards Crownpoint, but quickly doubled back. Sometime made me change my mind. I began rolling east, towards Whitehorse. The road was bumpy, with lots of dips, but it was paved so it was still an improvement over the unpaved and rocky Route 57. I reached Whitehorse in short order, and made the right onto Route 509. Enormous plumes of smoke reached into the sky to the south. I knew, from Randy, that a large section of forest near Flagstaff was on fire. I wondered if there was a big brush fire on the plains south of Whitehorse. Certainly there were no trees to burn. 509 angled right towards the plumes, and they were growing larger and larger. It was curious, however, since they didn't seem to drift. They were just black columns rising into the sky. I finally came around the corner and the horrible truth dawned on me - these were no fires. Sometime since my last drive down Route 509 two enormous strip mines had opened up to pull coal out of the ground. The smaller of the two was located on the east side of the road, while a massive loading complex was on the west side. Three conveyor belt systems were loading or piling coal high, and it was these three that created the towering column of coal dust. The miners were also hard at work creating a bypass over Route 509 that would allow the heavy haulage trucks to pass over the road while not damaging it. I had to take a detour, and while I waited to get flagged through and enormous truck with a gas tank the size of my cab and tires as tall as my truck roared by, hauling an enormous trailer (not a dump-truck) full of coal. It was an incredible sight.
After it passed I was waved through and was soon proceeding back down 509 at a high rate of speed. I passed the former Uranium mill at Ambrosia Lake, now mostly being reclaimed though the radiation warnings still dot the fences, and made a right at the t-junction of 509 and 605. I wasn't on 605 for long, though. I had decided to take some back roads, so a couple miles after the turnoff, I turned again - this time on the dirt Haystack Road.
The drive on the Haystack Road from 605 to Prewitt is beautiful. There are sculpted buttes, spires, and mesas galore. The road crosses a one-lane bridge on its way to iconic Haystack Mountain and then drops into the flats along I-40, passing several Chacoan outliers (more on those for another trip). The drive from Prewitt north past the Escalante Generating Station to the Casamero parking lot is not remarkable, however, save for one thing: the lack of powerlines coming from EGS. An anomaly.
I pulled into the parking area and snapped a couple pictures of the signs. The hike towards the ruin is arresting, with the bold red cliff of Ojos Tecolote Mesa and its eye-shaped alcoves dominating the skyline. Considering the Chacoan propensity for orienting buildings near striking natural features (or even enhancing them), this effect was no doubt intentional and was likely even more impressive when Casamero was occupied. I could only be amazed by what was left. The Great House wasn't very large, even in its heyday, but that doesn't make it any less interesting. Built on an elevated mound with a possible plaza-enclosing wall, Casamero would have stood 2 stories tall in the 1000's, with fine limestone and sandstone masonry. I arrived near noon and noticed that the rear (cliff facing) wall cast almost no shadow. I wandered through the ruin for a little while, pondering what it must have been like at Casamero. Did these Casameroenos know about Chaco, but were just imitating the style? Were they sent out by the "powers" at Chaco to settle above the river valley below? I walked through the rabbitbrush and sage to a large depression to the south. I'd guess it was a Great Kiva - there was exposed masonry on the southern edge of the depression. I had to hit the road. I'd already been to Casa Rinconada, Una Vida, and seen a half dozen other ruins. Now Casamero. Next stop - Kin Bineola, 60 miles back to the north...
Next - Kin Bineola: http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=52495
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