Las Palabras Viejas  LbNA # 1785

Placed DateJun 17 2002
CountyRio Arriba
LocationEspañola, NM
Found By (hidden)
Hike Distance?

This letterbox is only a mile and a half off the main highway between Santa Fe and Taos. It's a quick stop and a chance to slow down for a few minutes.

to the trailhead: Just south of Velarde on Route 68 turn west on Route 582 toward Lyden. There is a sign at this junction. Soon after you cross the river, turn right onto Route 59. Shortly, you will come to a riverside park which appeared to be abandoned when I was here. Exactly .2 mile past the gate to this park the road gets slightly wider. There is JUST enough room for a car to pull off to the right and park.

to the letterbox: Walk about 50 yards farther down the road to a wash filled with dark volcanic rocks. Scramble uphill to a gigantic flat faced messenger gazing at the river below. To the left of this landmark is a short row of shady sentinels. The letterbox waits beneath a large rock leaning against one of these neighbors.

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