Monticello Canyon, New Mexico

Monticello Canyon in central New Mexico has warm Springs in several places along the meandering route of the Alamosa River. This canyon and the 98 ºF warm Springs (Ojo Caliente) was where the Apache Chief, Geronimo and his band hid from the U.S. Calvary but were ultimately captured at the mouth of the Monticello Canyon in 1876. He was released a year later and spent ten years raiding and creating general havoc until his surrender in 1886 near Douglas, Arizona. Cochise and Victorio both Chiricahua Apache leaders also frequented here. This is near the area where Marietta Palmer Wetherill met Geronimo as a young girl.
Naiche, son of Cochise, c1884  Naiche, son of Cochise, c1884 rode with his father Cochise and would have visited the warm springs of the Monticello Box with his father. IMG 3603  Old cars out in a field before entering Monticello, New Mexico IMG 3608  Old cars out in a field before entering Monticello, New Mexico IMG 3613  Monticello, New Mexico IMG 3621  Old cars out in a field before entering Monticello, New Mexico IMG 3620  Monticello, New Mexico
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IMG 3622  Entrance to the road that meanders in and out of the Alamosa River bed. IMG 9287 tonemapped  A pretty sight of Black Angus cattle in a field of Sunflowers along side the Alamosa River. IMG 3634  Jim Shaffner  standing below a 120 plus year old Cottonwood tree. IMG 9296 tonemapped  Jim Shaffner standing next to a 120 plus year old Cottonwood tree. The base of the tree is more than ten feet across and the trunk about eight feet across. This tree could have been a sapling when  Geronimo and his band of Apache's hid in this area before his capture in 1886. IMG 3626  Ralph Hall standing below a 120 plus year old Cottonwood tree IMG 3649  A ranch house along the Alamosa River.
IMG 9289  This ranch house constructed in 1980 with a clay tile roof is the headquaters of The Warm Springs Ranch. It is a 35,555 acre ranch that follows tha Alamosa River for nearly 10 miles. IMG 3650  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3654  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3653  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3652  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3657  This was an outhouse in the middle of nowhere along side the Alamosa River.  There isn't a thing around for miles. A strange site.
IMG 3659  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3660  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 3661  Pretty sites on the drive in the Alamosa River.  The road meanders in and out of the river it full length. IMG 9347 tonemapped  The rock columns at the top of the picture are along the Alamosa River. IMG 9291 tonemapped  This is an old abandoned ranch house that is melting back into the ground.  It was mostly adobe construction. It is most likely over a hundred years old. IMG 9339 tonemapped  This spot was near the end of our drive up the Alamosa River. I wasn't sure how deep it was or if this was the end of the road. I stopped the truck and walked around the clump of trees and found that the road did exit this deep part so drove on through.
IMG 9336 tonemapped  This spot was near the end of our drive up the Alamosa River. I wasn't sure how deep it was or if this was the end of the road. I stopped the truck and walked around the clump of trees and found that the road did exit this deep part so drove on through. Gerenimo  Geronimo was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache and the most feared indian of his age. He often camped at the warm Springs of Monticello Canyon. Cochise  Cochise,  chief  of the  Chokonen ("central" or "real" Chiricahua) band of the Chiricahua Apache. He was a user and visitor of the Monticello warm Springs. monticello1  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. monticello3  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. monticello4  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. The vine that covers the rock cliff face in the center of the photo is a giant grapevine, more than likely over a hundred years old.
monticello5  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. IMG 9353 tonemapped  Driving up the Alamosa River which is not more than two feet deep at any point and mostly one foot deep. About a two hour trip of 17 miles. monticello6  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. monticello14  The entrance to the Monticello Box from up stream. monticello7  Entrance to the Monticello Box from downstream. IMG 9357 8 9 tonemapped  The lone tree at the top of the Monticello Box.
IMG 3675  he Monticello Box from down stream. This box canyon has so little light that reaches the bottom that my headlights came on. monticello10  Entering the Monticello Box from down stream. This box canyon has so little light that reaches the bottom that my headlights came on. monticello9  Entering the Monticello Box from down stream.  This box canyon has so little light that reaches the bottom that my headlights came on. monticello13  The Monticello Box with the Alamosa River flowing through it. monticello12  The Monticello Box with the Alamosa River flowing through it. monticello26  This is the Monticello Box that the Alamosa River flows through. It was near here that Geronimo and his band of renegade Apaches bathed over 125 years ago in the warm Springs. We traveled this stream bed for more than 17 miles and crossed it more than a hundred times. It's not more than two feet deep it's entire length.
IMG 3673  The Monticello Box with the Alamosa River flowing through it. monticello25  This is the Monticello Box that the Alamosa River flows through. It was near here that Geronimo and his band of renegade Apaches bathed over 125 years ago in the warm Springs. We traveled this stream bed for more than 17 miles and crossed it more than a hundred times. It's not more than two feet deep it's entire length. IMG 9365 6 7 tonemapped  This is the Monticello Box that the Alamosa River flows through. It was near here that Geronimo and his band of renegade Apaches bathed over 125 years ago in the warm Springs. We traveled this stream bed for more than 17 miles and crossed it more than a hundred times. It's not more than two feet deep it's entire length. monticello15  This small water waterfall is the beginning of one warm spring that empties into the Alamosa River. This is the beginning of a one mile round trip hike to the warm springs pool (Ojo Caleinte) above the Alamosa River. monticello24  This small water waterfall is the beginning of one warm spring that empties into the Alamosa River. This is the beginning of a one mile round trip hike to the warm springs pool above the Alamosa River. monticello23  The small stream with a path along side which leads to small warm spring pond (Ojo Caliente).
monticello16  The small stream with a path along side which leads to small warm spring pond (Ojo Caliente). monticello17  The area where the 98° F water flows into a small holding pond (Ojo Caliente). monticello19  The area where the 98° F water flows into a small holding pond (Ojo Caliente). monticello20  The area where the 98° F water flows into a small holding pond. A small dam has been built to hold warm water back.. I suspect it was three or four feet deep at one time but is now filled with black mud to within six inches of the surface (Ojo Caliente). monticello18  The area where the 98° F water flows into a small holding pond. A small dam has been built to hold warm water back.. I suspect it was three or four feet deep at one time but is now filled with black mud to within six inches of the surface (Ojo Caliente). monticello22  The area where the 98° F water flows into a small holding pond. A small dam has been built to hold warm water back.. I suspect it was three or four feet deep at one time but is now filled with black mud to within six inches of the surface (Ojo Caliente).
mount whittington  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington. mount whittington3  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington and the end of our drive. mount whittington4  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington. mount whittington5  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington. mount whittington2  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington. mount whittington6  Views from the area above the Alamosa River and the base Mnt. Whittington.
vla  Exiting to highway 60 from the Monticello Box through the VLA vla2  Exiting to highway 60 from the Monticello Box through the VLA Gerenimo1  Geronimo's warm spring (Ojo Caliente) on a Google Earth Map.