Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Fluorite Ridge- Pony Hills
This area, northeast of Deming, has a lot to offer the desert explorer. There are the many mines of Fluorite Ridge with the chance to collect some beautiful mineral specimens.There is the history of Fort Cummings, Massacre Peak and the Butterfield Trail. And there's the outstanding petroglyph sites at Frying Pan Canyon and Pony Hills.There have even been Pleistocene fossils recovered from Starvation Draw.We had come with the idea of looking at the Pony Hills rock art for second time, but ended up taking our dog for walk down a little used road that ended on a small hill on the backside of Fluorite Ridge and over looks China Draw.We had a nice picnic,enjoyed views of the Cookes Range, and looked for rock art.This area is easily accessible by good county roads off of NM 26,yet we've rarely encountered people.We have been here at least ten times or so,sometimes finding what we're looking for,sometimes not, but always enjoying ourselves in the end.