Upcoming Events

September 5, 2017

The Early Pueblo Occupation of the Dinetah Region
OAS Brown Bag talk by Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

September 17, 2017

Comanche Gap tour
September 17, 2017
Cost of trip: $60 for FOA members, $75 for non-FOA members

September 19, 2017

Cooking Jar Technology in the Ancient Southwest
OAS Brown Bag talk by Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

October 6, 2017

Into the Dinetah Labyrinth: Exploring Pueblo I and Navajo Archaeology
Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, 2017
Cost of trip: $255 for FOA members, $290 for non-FOA members

October 21, 2017

International Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm, free!

Comanche Gap tour

September 17, 2017


September 17, 2017
Cost of trip: $60 for FOA members, $75 for non-FOA members

More formally known as The Creston, a prominent volcanic dike forms a curtain across the landscape in the southwestern portion of the Galisteo Basin. Famous in the pantheon of great New Mexico rock art locations, the south face of the top of The Creston is the canvas for a remarkable array of pecked images, most dating from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, and perhaps later. Warrior imagery is particularly abundant, but the range is wide and covers most of the iconic symbolism of the Galisteo Basin as a whole.

FOA has received permission to lead tours of the portion of The Creston on San Cristóbal Ranch on Sunday, September 17th. This will include an opportunity to see the most famous of the Comanche Gap images. We will offer multiple, small (12-person) tours throughout the day, beginning at 8am, with additional tours at 90-minute intervals. This is the most rugged trip offered by FOA. The elevation gain is equivalent to rapidly climbing 20 flights of stairs with large steps and very uneven, and occasionally unstable, footing. The tour can take up to three hours, and everyone will need to carry their own water and whatever weather gear is necessary. At an elevation of 6500 feet, visitors from lower elevations should be prepared to move slowly. This tour is not recommended for anyone with heart, breathing, or agility problems (we were forced to remove several participants from the tour, for their own and others’ safety, the last time we offered it).

To reserve your place for this event call (505) 982-7799, ext. 6 after 7:30am starting Tuesday, June 20. Tour times will be assigned on a first-called, first-served basis. The cost of this trip is $60 for FOA members and $75 for non-FOA members. Lunch will not be included. Bring snacks to keep yourself fueled. Spaces are limited.