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Cebolla Wilderness Cebolla Wilderness

Welcome to Wilderness Wednesday, our weekly posting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

This week we are highlighting the 61,600 acre Cebolla Wilderness, which was designated in 1987.  The Cebolla Wilderness is made up of sandstone mesas, canyons, and grassy valleys.  The Cebolla Wilderness is also rich in prehistoric archaeological sites.

Archaeological sites significantly contribute to our appreciation and understanding of human history and culture prior to industrial development of the land.  The Wilderness Act recognizes the importance of these sites to wilderness character and directs that these values be preserved as a contributing factor of wilderness character (including untrammeled, undeveloped, natural, and outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive form of recreation).  Local Native Americans refer to these sites as “cultural” resources, not “archaeological” resources, signifying their importance as an integral part of their living culture.  The Lobo Canyon Trail featured here leads to one such important site, a petroglyph panel.  Please do your part to show respect for these cultural resources by not touching.
From I-40, drive 26 miles south on NM Hwy 117 to the Cebolla Canyon Road.  Drive approximately 5 miles (passing the Sand Canyon Road at approximately 3 miles) to a parking area on the right side of the road.  The trailhead is on the north side of the road and leads to a petroglyph area.  The hike is approximately ¾ of a mile roundtrip.
For more information, please visit the Cebolla Wilderness website.  

BLM photos courtesy of Steven W. Martin Photography. 

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Last updated: 08-13-2014