Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Reserve Tour
This scenic, 180-acre preserve near Pilar, New Mexico, contains thousands of rock art features dating from 3000 BC up to the time of Spanish occupation. We will travel by personal vehicle or carpool in the morning and meet at the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area facility (the former Onate Center north of Espanola on Route 68). Our tour begins with a talk by petroglyph expert Polly Schaafsma, author of Indian Rock Art in the Southwest. Thomas Romero, Director of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, will offer insights into the cultural and natural history of region and the efforts to steward its preservation. After a picnic lunch on the banks of the Rio Grande, we will travel to Mesa Prieta. Should she be available, we’ll be greeted on site by Katherine Wells, who donated 156 acres to establish the Preserve in 2007, and then enjoy a private tour led by Mesa Prieta staff. To top off the day, we’ll enjoy a leisurely wine-tasting at the award-winning Black Mesa Winery in nearby Velarde for those who wish to do so.
The tour fee is $75 for Friends of History Members and $85 for non-members. The Tour is limited to 23 participants. Priority is given to Friends of History Members. The fee includes coffee, lunch, honoraria and all tour fees. The Black Mesa Winery fee is not included as not all tour participants will wish to take part in the Winery tour/tasting. This latter fee ($8.00) will be paid individually to the Winery.
Directions, full schedule, and lunch selections will be provided to registrants prior to the event. Be aware that tours will require walking over steep and sometimes rugged terrain.
Non Members: $85
Space is Limited. Call 505-982-6366 ext. 442 to reserve. Reservations will close on Monday, October 8.