Leader Dave Anderson. We will travel through the Tularosa Basin to Humbrillo Canyon in the San Andres Mountains, ending up on top of Victorio Peak (5,500 feet), named after the Apache war chief and famous for a lost treasure of 18th-century Spanish gold. Historic highlights include an Apache roasting pit and a 1880 battle site between Chief Victorio and the Buffalo Soldiers. We’ll look for Chihuahua Desert plants including the rare night-blooming cereus cactus (Peniocereus greggii). Expect 45 miles one-way with the last 10 on a high-clearance, unimproved road. Meet that the SMR Gate, Hwy 70 about 25 miles east of Las Cruces, Saturday at 8 am. Overnight May 4 in Las Cruces or camp at Aguirre Springs NFS Campground about 5 miles from the SMR gate.
Sign up by April 14 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Phone, picture ID required; limit 10 cars.
Further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorio_Peak