DRIVING THE HERD TO SUMMER PASTURE
IN THE CARRIZO MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF
TEEC NOS POS
| Sheep ranching
is a lot of hard work, mixed in with camaraderie and fun. We helped
Roy drive his herd of some 60 goats and sheep to the Summer pastures high
in the Carrizo Mountains just south of his home late this Spring 2002.
We painted the sheep with a big red K to identify them as Kady/Klah stock
while they are grazing on the mountain. We did this in the early
morning before heading uphill.
The trail leads up Teec Nos Pos Canyon to the clan
halfway sheep camp cabin and corral on Teec Nos Pos Creek and Canyon.
The day was about 90° and we arrived around 1 pm, a 3-4 hour meander,
with 3 dogs, Sally Jo and I herding with Roy. By the time we reached
camp, we were hot, dusty and tired, as were the livestock. Luckily
for us, a trail leads some 50 feet down into Teec Nos Pos Creek from the
camp to a system of 3 waterfalls where we could freshen up in the most
delightful, pristine, privately-accessed riparian pools imaginable.
Not surprisingly, an Ancient Puebloan ruin
exists beside the sheep camp. It consists of at least 1 kiva, room
blocks and a plaza. The life here has always been good due to the
reliable water. The outcropping of rock nearby overlooking Teec Nos
Pos and the San Juan River Valley to the north would have provided a measure
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