NOW WITH AN INDEX Part 1 - Near La Bajada (scroll down) Part 2 - Guadalupe Ruins, Tapia Canyon Part 3 - Chupadero Part 4 - Some nice pieces found by AtomicXrer near the Rio Grande (page 5) Part 5 - Chupadero Again (page 5) Part 6 - Big Bead Mesa (page 6) I did a recent day ride trying to find an alternate route up La Bajada. There is a canyon that runs just south of the route that has been discussed here many times. Using Google Earth I saw that there was a passable path/road all the way to La Cienega. I had to cross the Santa Fe river a few times. I passed by this thing in the middle of nowhere. I don't what is was, but don't go inside. Anyway, I finally ran into a fence that I couldn't get around. I started heading back, looked up, and saw a petroglyph. In the last year I've been using motorcycling as an excuse to see new things and learn more about history, so this was a perfect opportunity. I got off the bike and they were everywhere. One of the first ones read like a warning, and I was glad to be in MX boots. It was truly awesome to be in such isolation yet right in the heart of what appeared to be an ancient village. After taking a bunch of photos and deciding to get on my way, I noticed a deteriorated structure just yards from my bike. If you look in the upper left corner, you can catch a glimpse of the stream that's about 150 yards from the bottom of the hill where the petroglyphs are. This last one was apparently made by one of the Spaniards who settled the area. They were known to have made their own markings in petroglyph fields between the time they started settling the area (1598) and the Pueblo Revolt (1680). Note the unusual spelling of the last name. There's some pretty cool stuff just about everywhere. If I had been riding faster, I wouldn't have looked up from the trail, and I woud have missed it all.