Mogollon Mask LbNA # 13747
|Placed Date||Mar 8 2005|
|Location||El Paso, TX|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, .25 mile RT)
Recommended Ink: red
Status: alive, wet log
SPECIAL THANKS TO DESERT WARRIOR FOR REHIDING THIS BOX AFTER THE FLOOD IN 2006
A unique legacy of lively and fantastic rock paintings greets the visitor at Hueco Tanks State Park. From Archaic hunters and foragers of thousands of years ago to relatively recent Mescalero Apaches, Native Americans have drawn strange mythological designs and human and animal figures on the rocks of the area. The site's notable pictographs also include more than 200 face designs or "masks" left by the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture. Besides viewing the masks, other activities include picnicking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and birding. However, you must make reservations to visit this park, which I neglected to do, so instead I hid this microbox in nearby Franklin Mountains SP. It was also home to Native Americans and provides many of the same activities as Hueco Tanks.
Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park can be reached by traveling west on I10 through El Paso to the Canutillo/Trans-Mountain exit. Turn right on Trans-Mountain Road toward the mountains and drive 3.8 miles to the park entrance on the left. Drive about a mile to the nature trail on the left and park on the right.
Cross the road to find the Nature trail head. Walk across the bridge to the amphitheater where the loop trail begins. Take the right fork (straight ahead across the amphitheater from the bridge) and walk the loop counter-clockwise. Proceeding down the trail, you will come to a point where the trail has been washed away in the torrential downpour of summer, 2006. Stop here. Sight a heading of 223º true. On the other side of the wash on this heading you should spot several log steps climbing out of the wash. Watching your step, drop down into the wash and proceed across, climbing out using the steps in the other side. Back on the trail, continue along past the Ocotillo on the right, past the Allthorn Bush on the left, then look for a sign on the right identifying the Lechugilla. Now look down at the large rock on the left border of the trail directly across from the sign. The camo micro box is under its outside edge covered by stones. Gently lift the large stone from the eastern edge for easy access. Please re-cover well. If you return the same way, the trail is impossible to see across the wash - use a heading of 43º true from the steps to find it. If you insist on following the trail counter-clockwise just be aware that much of this trail is totally gone. If you get lost, head east till you hit the road, then north along the road to the parking lot.