Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Posi Ruins Joseph's Mine Ojo Caliente Hike
In Santa Fe Region

Hike Id H10695
Last Update 2019-09-21 14:25:22.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 5.5
Elevation Gain 735
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 107
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
All On Trail Yes

Highlights You get a 2 for 1 on this hike with a large collection of pottery and mica from the mines.

Cautions The initial ascent is rocky and steep.

Trailhead Directions Drive I-25 to exit 276- 44.7 miles and head west on Highway 599. At 13.1 miles merge on to US 285 84. Continue 22 miles on 285. When you reach the last gas station on the northern edge of Espanola turn right to US 285. Stay on 285 until you reach the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs parking lot. The trail head is next to the office and is well-marked.

Actual Hike P'osi Ruin Trail-The initial start of the trail is up the steep mesa slope. Poles may be required.Once on top, the trail is fairly level. The trail takes you to the P'osiowingeh ruin meaning "where the water comes to a point" pueblo. The P'osi Pueblo Ruins date from the late 1300 to early 1500s prior to the Spanish arrival. This pueblo is related to the current Tewa who now live along the Rio Grande.
Along the meandering paths are rocks with pottery shards placed so hikers can view the variety of pots that are here.

Joseph's Mica Mine Trail starts up the same steep mesa slope and then follows the relatively level canyon,valley to several historic mica mines. The mines and the mica recovered is quite amazing. You'll see a large hole with three caves perched overhead. Follow the trail around the edge of the hole and enjoy the vista. Area past the Mica Mines is unmarked and may vary from the map. It is recommended not to pass beyond them.

Comments You can read about trails in the area and view a map by entering "Ojo Caliente Trails" in your browser or going to this website.

Note: this hike has limited shade available.

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Text Author Cathy Intemann
Maintainer Cathy Intemann