n a sunny early fall day we decided to discover the ruins of Posi-Ouinge, located just above the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort
, about a 30 minutes drive from Vista de Pedernal
The round trip hike is about a mile each way, the ascent some consider quite strenuous and depending on how much time you’re spending in the actual Pueblo place count at least one hour for the round trip hike. So gear up
The trail-head is right behind the entrance to the Hot Springs
and the trail almost immediately starts climbing about 200 ft to the top of the ridge-line. Our dog Ruby makes the pace looking back to see if we’re able to keep up with her.
While the trail is steep and rocky on the incline, it’s almost level and sandy once you reach the top. The trail is easy to find, just look out for the many cairns on both sides of the path. Once you reach the ridge, there is a sign pointing in the right direction to Posi.
The hike through the Pueblo is very easy to manage
and offers beautiful views into the valley of Ojo Caliente and the Hot Springs resort On the way back we enjoyed some trees that already turned golden
and soon after we were back at the ridge line where, after a short pause to take in the views one more time, we descended to the valley
. It’s an easy to medium hike, bring water and of course the camera. And after the hike you might want to soak your bones in the Hot Springs of Ojo Caliente, which throughout history has always been a special place.
It has been an official resort for as much as 10,000 years!