Saturday, September 16, 2017

LA CIENEGUILLA, NEW MEXICO:




La Cieneguilla, New Mexico.
Photograph Peter Faris,
August 24, 2017.

On August 23, 2017, we drove down to Santa Fe for a few days to see long-time friends, do some museums, and eat good food. On the 24th we drove out to La Cieneguilla with Jeannie Gibson to look at some rock art on the side.


La Cieneguilla, New Mexico.
Photograph Peter Faris,
August 24, 2017.

La Cieneguilla rock art is located on a mesa above the Santa Fe River southwest of Santa Fe, past the airport. "Most of the petroglyphs were placed there by Keresan-speaking puebloan people living in the area between the 13th and 17th centuries. The descendants of these people now live down the Santa Fe River along the Rio Grande at Cochiti and Santo Domingo pueblos." (https://www.recreation.gov)


La Cieneguilla, New Mexico.
Photograph Pat Price,
December 1991.

This site is home to a considerable amount of Rio Grande Style rock art with the common Rio Grande themes such as stars, flute players, insects, plants, and birds etc. As an easily accessible location it should be on any rock art student's bucket list.


La Cieneguilla, New Mexico.
Photograph Pat Price,
December 1991.

And while you are in the Santa Fe area try the carne adovada at The Horseman's Haven in Santa Fe, or at Soccorro's or El Paragua in Española. Go for the rock art, stay for the food and culture. A truly magical part of our country.

REFERENCES:

https://www.recreation.gov/recreationalArea
Details.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkld=14633&recAreald=14633&agencyCode=70901

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