San Lorenzo Canyon, New Mexico

Marie Garcia Shaffner is the great great Granddaughter of Anasatcio Garcia. He was the former owner of San Lorenzo Canyon. The canyon was part of a 130,138 acre land grant called the "Arroyo de San Lorenzo.” The land grant was awarded in late 1825 to Antonio Chavez. It was purchased by Anastacio Garcia, Ramon Luna and Rafael Luna in 1850 from the Antonio Chavez family. The San Lorenzo Canyon was a small part of the land grant.
IMG 3128  This rock face is as far as can be driven in the canyon.  Climbing this rock face will lead to another portion of the canyon and some interesting geologic formations. Marie Garcia Shaffner is the great great Granddaughter of Anasatcio Garcia. He was the former owner of San Lorenzo Canyon.  The canyon was part of a 130,138 acre  land grant called the "Arroyo de San Lorenzo.” The land grant was awarded in late 1825 to Antonio Chavez. It was purchased by Anastacio Garcia, Ramon Luna and Rafael Luna in 1850 from the Antonio Chavez family.  The San Lorenzo Canyon was a small part of the land grant. IMG 3117.1  This area in San Lorenzo Canyon has a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure.  It may have been built by the Chavez family as part of the 1825 land grant. The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. IMG 3132  Entrance to San Lorenzo Canyon which was part of the "Arroyo de San Lorenzo” land grant awarded in late 1825, and consisted of 130,138 acres. It was purchased by Anastacio Garcia, Ramon Luna and Rafael Luna in 1850 from the Antonio Chavez family. Anastacio Garcia was the great great grandfather of Marie Garcia Shaffner of Tome, New Mexico. IMG 3105  This area in San Lorenzo Canyon has a spring which has been damed up and a remenant rock structure.  It may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. IMG 3104  This area in San Lorenzo Canyon has a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure.  It may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. IMG 3110.1  This area in San Lorenzo Canyon has a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure.  It may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. The white streak on the rock face was originally a giant eight foot question mark painted in 1965 by a group of Tech students, for what reason was only known to them.  The question mark was visible a half mile away.
IMG 3119.1  This area in San Lorenzo Canyon has a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure.  It may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. The white streak on the rock face was originally a giant eight foot question mark painted in 1965 by a group of Tech students, for what reason was only known to them.  The question mark was visible a half mile away. IMG 3109  Looking down-canyon from  a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure that may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. IMG 3121  Looking down-canyon from  a spring which has been dammed up and a remnant rock structure that may have been part of an old homestead or ranch.  The rock wall is barely visible in the very thick Mesquite bushes. diamondback rattler10  This snake is a resident of the first slot canyon of the main San Lorenzo Canyon.  I suspect it has just come from hibernation because of it small diameter.  A snake of this length should have been much larger diameter.   Diamondback Rattlesnakes are very aggresive and should not be bothered.  They will attack with not much provacation.  I know for a fact  they can crawl twice as fast as a man can run. diamondback rattler8  Three foot long Diamondback Rattlesnake. IMG 3126  Marie Garcia Shaffner great great Granddaughter of Anasatcio Garcia former owner of the 130,138 acre "Arroyo de San Lorenzo” land grant awarded in late 1825. It was purchased by Anastacio Garcia, Ramon Luna and Rafael Luna in 1850 from the Antonio Chavez family.  The San Lorenzo Canyon was a small part of the land grant.  Marie is standing just below the spring.
IMG 3130  This rock face is as far as can be driven in the canyon.  Climbing this rock face will lead to another portion of the canyon and some interesting geologic formations. IMG 3134  The Lemitar Shelter is on the north side of the canyon and shows occupancy long before the arrival of the Spanish. IMG 3142  San Lorenzo Canyon has several Hoodoos and interesting rock formations. IMG 3138  San Lorenzo Canyon has several Hoodoos and interesting rock formations. IMG 3139  Entrance to San Lorenzo Canyon with many interesting rock formations and Hoodoos. Just to the right is a 100 yard long slot canyon where the photo of the Diamondback Rattlesnake was taken. IMG 3143  This is a close up view of the entrance to San Lorenzo Canyon with many interesting rock formations. Just to the right is a 100 yard long slot canyon where the photo of the Diamondback Rattlesnake was taken.
IMG 3137  Small Hoodoo IMG 3145  This huge column of rock is about 90 - 100 feet tall. IMG 3144  This huge column of rock is about 90 - 100 feet tall. IMG 3147  San Lorenzo Canyon has several Hoodoos and interesting rock formations. IMG 3158.1  This dark hole in the north face of the entrance to San Lorenzo Canyon houses a hive of honey bees.  I suspect it could have been present a hundred years or more.  I saw it in 1981 and looked exactly the same. IMG 3136  San Lorenzo Canyon has several Hoodoos and interesting rock formations.
IMG 3131  Looking down-canyon through a slot in San Lorenzo Canyon across the Rio Grande to the mountains in the background.