Walking Tour Of Abiquiu Area Ancestral Pueblo Site

by Staff Reporter / May 08, 2017 / comments

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Walking Tour Of Abiquiu Area Ancestral Pueblo Site

Staff Report 

SANTA FE ― The Santa Fe National Forest invites you to celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month by joining a Forest Service archaeologist Friday, May 19, for a walking tour of the Ancestral Pueblo site of Poshuouinge along the banks of the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.

Poshuouinge is a Tewa word that translates as “village above the muddy river.” The 23-acre site is a large Classic Period pueblo occupied from ca. AD 1375 to 1500. The pueblo consists of two large, contiguous, quadrangular adobe and basalt cobble roomblocks (an estimated 700 rooms), two plazas, two kivas, a tower, rock art and agricultural features.

Artist rendering of the historic pueblo site. Courtesy image

Admission is free but space is limited, and reservations are required. Contact Jana Comstock at 505.753.7331 or jmcomstock@fs.fed.us for more information or to sign up for the tour. Please provide your full name, phone number and email address.

The walking tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Poshuouinge Interpretive Site parking lot near Abiquiu on SR 83 (2.5 miles south of Bode’s Store and 1.2 miles north of the Junction of US84 and SR554). Participants will follow a moderately steep trail from the parking lot to the hilltop overlook. The tour will end back at the parking lot at 1 p.m.

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Preservation Month is celebrated each May to promote historic places and demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.

Go to http://www.nmhistoricpreservation.org/programs/preservation-month.html for a calendar of events and activities in New Mexico.