Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Broad Canyon -upstream from Kimball Place
The valley of Broad Canyon is quite wide here. It has deep sand and many boulders in the streambed in pale shades of gray, pink and black. The scenery is not remarkable, except for one short,narrow, "box" section that has walls of deep red conglomerate. Sections have broken off here and are stacked and leaning in somewhat precarious positions. At one point we decided to turn down a side arroyo after coming another large field of boulders. The walking was easier, but the scenery unremarkable as well, although there was a massive deposit of calcite in one section. In retrospect, I wished we hadn't turned,because as it turned out we were not far from another old homestead,the Hersey Place, and it's nearby spring. This wasn't a great hike,but it was a nice day and good exercise.IMPORTANT NOTE: The road into Broad Canyon E006A is in terrible condition.You must have high clearance and if it's wet- four wheel drive. The last section down to the Kimball Place has one section that has nearly washed out. It was barely wide enough for my Tacoma and as it was I was tilting my truck quite severely just to negotiate past this point. It may be better to park near the dam on NM 185 and do the fantastic hike in lower Broad Canyon going upstream. As for Coyote Canyon, it may be more easily approached from Corralitos Road, using dirt roads that branch off to the north.