Friday, May 22, 2009

Cliff Dwellings Trip - Madera, Mexico March 2009

Camping at the Poncho Villa State Park, two miles north of the border towns - Columbus/ Palomas (twenty miles south of Deming, NM.

Note sign - What luck, we're camped on a New Mexico "Birding Trail".

Poncho Villa slept here!

Cattle drive and school bus loading!

We found this cool campground five miles north of Madera. Heriberto, the caretaker lives in the cabin and we were the only campers for eight days.

We rode our dirtbikes to several different cave dwellings (usually around 50 miles each way), hiked and Mtn. biked the four mile trail around the lake, and kayaked. Very peaceful!

Our camp dog!

Our camp horses!

We visited several cliff dwelling sites within 50 miles of Madera and Nuevo Casas Grandes. Here's Cueva del Puente. Our guide said that few visitors climb up to it.

Sandie on the puente (bridge).

Our camp cat!

We went out kayaking several times on our lake.

The caretaker of our campground (Heriberto) put out a net in the lake to catch some carp. When he brought in the catch, he offered me one. Of course I said yes.

The carp, ready for cooking. The lake was very clean and the carp was as good as a Colorado trout. No kidding!

One of the dirt roads we rode to the cliff dwellings. We camped around 7K feet and went up over 8K and then dropped to 4.5K feet.

This site location (Huapoca Canyon) included three cool dwelling sites. This path led to Cueva de la serpiente.

We were the only tourists at all the cliff dwellings we visited.

Cueva del Mirador!

Cueva Grande! A small waterfall ran down from the overhanging roof.

Another switch-backed road that we rode.

Riding the motorcycle across this suspension bridge was a little scary.

We stopped at this Hot Springs pool and enjoyed the warm waters. Right! No other customers but us. Will certainly be more crowded as summer approaches.

Another suspension bridge on the way to La Rancherias (more cliff dwellings) and another hot springs.

Our campground in Nuevo Casas Grandes.

On the road to Cueva de la Olla (jar).

Sandie checks out the view.

We rode thru some farms looking for the Sirupa hot springs.

"El Willy"!

Our campground in Nuevo Casas Grandes!

2 for 1 shrimp dinner in Nuevo Casas Grandes. Very good!

Taco stand lunch on the way back to the border.

When we crossed the border, we headed for Silver City, NM. Friends that we knew in Colorado Springs moved there for better weather. They took us to Whitewater Canyon for a hike and we loved it.

Lot's of catwalks. Back in the gold mining days, there were two water pipelines that ran down the canyon.

This is the Gila Cliff Dwelling site. Very impressive!

We had a lot of fun hiking here!

Gila "Hippie" Hot Springs! Nice!

If you're going to Mexico, why not get some dental work done at great prices? We loved it!

Downtown Palomas, Mexico! As you can see, very hectic and dangerous. We walked around town and had a lot of fun.

Camping at Elephant Butte Reservoir on the way home.

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