[Cdt-l] NM Water

bcss at bresnan.net bcss at bresnan.net
Fri Dec 30 14:07:45 CST 2011

It is on private land. That is why the trail takes a hard right to the north
off of the road at mile 5.0. (to stay on BLM land)  It would be good to have
it on the map.  

best wishes,

Jerry Brown (bearcreek)

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On Behalf Of Charlie Thorpe
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:42 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] NM Water

Hello All -

This good discussion about NM water has reminded me of a question that came
up during our NM section hike last April.  My notes on the water source I
have the question about:

Map 39  A little over a mile south of mile 6.5 on the official trail (down
doubletrack along fence line) - North Garcia Windmill (****absolutely the
BEST water on the CDT in NM - at least 10,000 gallons of good clear water
piped into a huge open steel tank from a well that was apparently drilled as
an oil well.  Somebody has done a great engineering job allowing wildlife
and cattle easy access to the water without allowing them to pollute it.
Saw three different herds of elk, two different herds of antelope, all kinds
of song birds, and a fuzzy ton of rabbits during the half hour we were
there.  No cows.  Am puzzled why the CDT isn't routed right by it (didn't
see any "Posted" signs).   Worth hiking to just to marvel at even if you
don't need water in this very dry stretch of trail!*****)

Does anyone know why the CDT isn't routed to go by the North Garcia Windmill
or at least a way found for CDT hikers to be aware of what looked to be a
VERY reliable major water source?

- Charlie
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