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Field Trip - Ruins of Tsi/pinowinge, near Abiquiu.

  • 06 Oct 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • Meet at Bodie's parking lot at 9 AM

TAS Field Trip:    October 6, all day field trip to the Classic Period ruins of Tsi/pinowinge, near Abiquiu.  

WRANGLER:  Jane Starks     jane@janestarks.com      575 770 6892

Contact Jane to sign up, limited to 13 people.

Required:  the ability to hike four miles (round trip) down and then up a narrow, sometimes steep, and generally poorly maintained trail.  High-clearance 4WD vehicles are mandatory. Group is limited to 13 additional people (15 total, including our guide).  If more people are interested I will schedule an additional trip.

Ann Baldwin, an archaeologist with 35 years of experience will by  our Forest Service guide.

DESTINATION:  Located on a small mesa with stunning views of the Pedernal and Abiquiu reservoir, Tsi'pinowinge is the northernmost and largest of the Classic Period ancestral Tewa pueblos. It contains up to 400 rooms, with 16 kivas, including a great kiva; some partially or fully excavated from bedrock.  Room blocks are constructed from quarried and shaped tufa blocks, and the ground is covered with pottery sherds and lithic material.Google "Tsi'pinowinge ruins" and you will get all kinds of results with images.

REQUIREMENTS: I will drive and can take 4 additional people, but we will need at least two more vehicles, high-clearance and 4WD.  If you wish to attend  and if you are able drive please contact me at jane@janestarks.com or call me at 575 770 6892.


9AM:  meet at Bodie's parking lot.  It takes apps. 1 hour 15 minutes to drive to Abiquiu from Ranchos.

9AM to 10AM:  drive 16 miles to the trailhead. Apps. 3 to 4 miles are very rugged, hence the need for high-clearance vehicles.

10AM-11:15AM.  Hike approximately 2 miles to ruins.

11:15AM-2 or 2:30.  Bring your lunch.

2:30: return

Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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