Tucked on a mesa above the Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa, this 800 year old ruin is one you will not want to miss. Though not much of the original structures remains, pottery chards can be seen everywhere here. Kids will really enjoy spotting the pottery pieces.
The Posi Ruins Trail leads you on a path to ancient Puebloan ruins of the Tewa People. Though the actual structures, which were once living quarters, are no longer standing, clues about the daily lives of the people who lived here in the 15th century still remain.
The trail head starts right behind the lobby at the Ojo Caliente Spa and Resort. See our Ojo Caliente sidetrack for information on the hot springs and resort.
There is a trail head sign with info about the approximate one mile round trip trail. The trail climbs the mesa and is a bit steep for the first .25 miles. But at the top of the climb you are rewarded with a pretty view of the resort below.
We noticed many man-made stacked rock piles here. We have also seen similar rock stacks on other hikes in the past. After this hike, we did some research to find out more about these rocks. It turns out they are called caryns, which is a gaelic term for a man-made pile of stones. People around the world have been creating them as trail markers since ancient times. Today, modern caryns are constructed to mark hiking trails, especially where trails are not identified well.
Once on the mesa top, we continued on a path until it led us south to a fence with an information sign. There is a visitor log and a brochure with a map of the pueblo enclosed in a box.
Walking through the Pueblo ruins, you will see many pottery chards in the dirt. Every few feet, there were many pieces piled on stones and baking in the sun. It feels as though the Tewa people left behind gifts for later generations to see and appreciate.
Out of respect for the native people, the pottery chards must be left undisturbed. Removing any artifacts is strictly prohibited.
The kids were fascinated by all the pieces and enjoyed discovering little areas under bushes full of black and white pottery remnants. We chatted about what types of house wares these pieces could have once been and how durable they were to still be in such big pieces today. Sometimes when you do a hike, the guide book says to be on the “look out” for certain things and then when you visit a place you are sometimes disappointed because you never really get lucky in finding those things. The great thing about the Posi Ruins Trail is that you will definitely find lots of pottery chards on the ground along this one mile hike.
If you are on a date without children, a fun way to end the hike up to the Posi Ruins is with a day pass soaking afterwards at Ojo Caliente and/or enjoying a meal at the Artisan restaurant there.
Northwest of Albuquerque in Ojo Caliente