[Trace of Indigenous People] Middle Fork (Lightfeather) Hot Springs

Who do you think is the indigenous people of the USA?

Of course, they are American Indians, but it may be a little shortsighted.

In the mountains of New Mexico, there remain cliff dwellings of their ancestors.

Around them, hot springs are gushing even today.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Mogollon people are one of the ancestors of American Indians, who lived in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico from 200 CE, to the 1400s.

Artifacts of Time

Photo by Tom Blackwell – Artifacts of Time (2008) / CC BY-NC 2.0

It is noteworthy that they built dwellings as if they wanted to hide themselves from something.

Before the beginning of Spanish conquest, it is estimated that severe drought raised the survival stakes between tribes.

Small Adventure

Trailhead

You can go hiking from the visitor center to hot springs in wilderness.

Along the way, you need to walk across the Gila River.

Big Rock

After only 20 minutes hiking, you will find a massive rock.

From the point, you see hot springs steaming at the riverside!

Steaming

The source of the spring gushing from the bank is too hot (129 degrees) to soak.

The water is slightly chilled in a pool that is stained reddish brown with the ingredients.

Characteristic Color

Still the water temperature is high, so that it becomes moderate in the open-air tubs created in the river.

It is considered that Mogollon people dispersed in the 1400s, and they became the origin of some existing tribes of American Indians.

Tubs in the River

What do you think was the future that they imagined?

Spanish people who discovered the New World conquered the descendants, and after that, American people ethnically cleansed the cultures.

Some people say that the trend of changing the name of American Indians as a historical name to Native Americans means one of the ethnic cleansing full of hypocrisy.

Hot springs that existed together with Mogollon culture are gushing even today.

Summary

😆 Pros

Close to the cliff dwellings

😥 Cons

Too hot to soak without adding river water

Middle Fork (Lightfeather) Hot Springs, Gila National Forest, New Mexico, USA
Rating
Walk-in YES
Lodging NO
Official Website NO

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