A blog about exploring the natural areas of New Mexico focusing on but not limited to Dona Ana, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln,Socorro and Catron counties.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Faulkner Forks- Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument
Went out for short hike to an area that is the headwaters of Faulkner Canyon. Getting there was bit of an adventure because I was driving the Corolla not the 4Runner. Coming from the Corralitos Road then onto the dirt road that branches off at a near 90 degree turn, I was really pushing the envelope a bit as the low clearance sedan was tearing up grass,dirt and weeds trying to avoid a flooded and muddy section of a road that's usually pretty benign. I made it to my planned starting point,but later I talked with friendly rancher who told me I was "pretty brave" to come that far in car. More like foolhardy.I started out at Hawkins Tank North, went down to the confluence with Indian Springs Canyon, and then explored a different canyon on the north side. On way back in, I explored the main canyon,before going overland to my car parked near the tank. There were plenty of plump bunnies and fat jackrabbits darting out wherever I went. I saw a coyote trotting by. He looked well fed and I knew why. I looked at what I thought to be onyx deposits in one canyon wall that had been prospected. I also found a couple of walls attached to flat faced rock. I don't know how old they were,but they had to be older than the creosote bush that was growing between them.Not much else to report, although there are still a few spots I 'd like check out in this area one day in the future.