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Jul 27 2021
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Camp Canyon Trail #36Southwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2021
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Hiking7.68 Miles 1,454 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.23 mph
1,454 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Katie and I hiked a mile of this trail in the spring and it was promising. The trail was in great shape and there was some trickling water in the area marked spring on the map, but it was a little warm that day and we were on our second hike, so we turned around, with potential plans to return sometime. Then I found a cave/ruin lead in the area, which sealed a return trip for me.

Fast forward to July. Normally, I would consider this hike a little warm for the pups in July, but several days of rain and an uncharacteristically cooler day, led me to believe we could take a look around. I am glad we did.

The trail was in as good of shape as I remembered and there was running water down nearly the entire length of Camp Canyon. Meanwhile, Pueblo Creek had a robust flow and nearly every drainage of any significance was flowing, or trickling. I definitely found the cave that had been mentioned in my over 100 year old resource, but it is now the site of a pretty robust backcountry camp. The cave, similar to some of the other caves I have seen out there was huge and impressive and although contemporary, I was impressed with the care taken to the inside of the cave. I found some broken manos that were intermingled in with the short rock walls at the cave's entrance, which leads me to believe there is some prehistoric history to the cave, but I have a feeling that its been occupied and used by locals for a long time now. My guess is that the "Camp" in Camp Canyon is a reference to it. The archaeologist in the survey that has been so accurate for me out there was lamenting about prehistoric sites being destroyed by ranchers over a hundred years ago, which leads me to believe this cave has been gone through long ago and current use is probably not contributing to any new degradation to the site. Tread lightly regardless, if you visit.

The hiking downstream of the cave remained pleasant. Undoubtedly, aided by the flowing water. However, the geology of the area was worthy of any conditions and Pueblo Creek was a treat. We turned around after heading down canyon close to another two miles, but some of that distance was from wandering around the canyon floor and checking things out. We eventually returned the way we came.
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Pueblo Creek
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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