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The Tribal Council - False Kiva

This is a very cool place -- it's known as 'False Kiva'. It is a Pueblo Indian ruin (often referred to as Anasazi, however my understanding is that is incorrect and an insult to the Pueblo Indian ancestry).


This place is not easy to find, or get too. In the tradition of those before me, I'll share information about it if you contact me but I won't publically post any details as this is a very special place and not on any map, not even the park maps. It's that way for a reason...the National Park Service does not want a ton of people to visit it and destroy the site, and I can see why.


The hike, as I mentioned, is not easy. The Cairns (piles of rocks) lead the way pretty well but the terrain is unforgiving, steep and tretcherous at times...but worth every step. Once you arrive to this giant alcove you are overwhelmed by the spiritual feeling and the vista this secluded location provides.


Since we had found the location quicker than expected we sat and waited for sunset. I shoot for about 15-20 minutes when the light was at it's peek and then we started the steep climb back out, just as the sun was setting. What an amazing experience.


Here are the GPS coordinates I took as I stood dead center in the Kiva circle.

(N 38 25.0900 W 109 54.883) If you find it, take only photos and leave only footprints...


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Taken on October 27, 2008