[Cdt-l] New Mexico Water Dources

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Sat Apr 30 13:04:17 CDT 2011

Memories - On both ends of the Zuni-Acoma trailhead, I was out of water. Dancing by the side of the road with an empty water bottle worked quite well.  Of course after each car stopped and handle me "a" bottle, I'd have to go hide it and return with my empty one.  About 45 min each time and I had my "gallon" for the next day.




-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Wolf <mail at cdtsociety.org>
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Sent: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 1:46 pm
Subject: [Cdt-l] New Mexico Water Dources

This year's drought in New Mexico raises concerns about water 

availability along the Trail. The most problematic section is between 

Snow Lake and Mangas Mountain - especially if the Aragon Well south of 

N.Mex. 12 (Tularosa Segment 3:1.2) is no longer operational. We hope 

Davis Spring and Damian Spring will be usable -- and there is likely to 

be surface water both in Cox Canyon and Govina Canyon. [Farther north, 

we anticipate that travelers can get a good supply from the Cerros de 

los Colorados Arroyo pump.

Fortunately, hiking in the Grants area will be ok, owing to the several 

caches being set up and maintained by Hugo and Carole Mumm. Each of 

these consists of a metal box, partially buried, all or some with an 

adjacent cairn.

Reading south to north, they will be found as follows:

1.    At the southern Zuni-Acoma trailhead on N.Mex.117 , in the island 

in the parking area. (El Malpais Segment 2:7.8, 34 53.938 N, 107 51.535 W).

2.    In Bonita Canyon, near the cattle guard 0.3 mile north of N.Mex. 

53 (El Malpais Segment 1:23.7, 34 57.503 N, 107 56.906 W).

3.    [Mt. Taylor summit route] At the junction of FR 193 and FR 501. On 

FR 193, this is about 200 yards or so east of the Gooseberry Trailhead. 

(This trailhead is Mt. Taylor Segment 3:17.4). Southbound: obtain water 

from Gooseberry Spring or detour -- by turning left on FR 193 --  to 

this cache, at 35 13.128 N, 107 38.212 W. Then either return to the 

guidebook route or make a sharp turn to the right and continue on FR 

193, descending gradually, passing the green shed (3:18.4) after another 

1.0 mile.

4.    [Designated CDT route west of Mt. Taylor]  The cache is at the 

northern crossing of FR 193. (Mt. Taylor Alternate 3:14.5, 35 13.913 N, 

107 38.418 W).

We look forward to feedback from hikers in New Mexico about the water 

sources along the way -- including the reportedly unreliable ones in 

Bonita Canyon that are mentioned in the guidebook.

All of us appreciate the kindness of our trail angels in New Mexico. 

Thank you, Hugo and Carole especially, for the wonderful support you are 


CDTS/Jim Wolf


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