Winter is a beautiful time of the year to tour ancient Puebloan ruins in New Mexico. The Posi-Ouinge Ruins near Ojo Caliente are no exception. The trailhead begins right behind the main entrance to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort & Spa.
The trail to Posi is steep and rocky in places, sandy, and level in others. The round trip hike covers about a mile. Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes, carry water, and plan on an hour’s walk.
Climb up about a half mile to breathtaking views that the original inhabitants enjoyed.
Posi-Ouinge or Posi, the “Greenness Pueblo”, is a special place for many Tewa Indians. The early Tewa lived in the Ojo Caliente drainage during the late 1300s until the early 1500s, just before the Spanish entered the area.
Throughout history, Ojo Caliente has always been a special place. Continue your walk up the trail and imagine life here half a millennium years ago.
A surprise at the top of your first climb is a large grouping of stone caryns. It obviously is a popular resting point giving you time to add your own caryn.
Posi was a vibrant center of activity in the 15th century. The village may have had as many as 1,000 ground floor rooms and almost as many on the second and third levels. There were doorways and roof entryways accessing each floor. Fire pits in the clay floors kept the small rooms warm. Adobe was an efficient building material, retaining warmth in the winter, and maintaining cool temperatures in the summer.
Today, little remains; but Tewa pottery shards are everywhere! Posi is a special place to those who live in northern New Mexico. Out of respect for the Pueblo descendents, please look closely, take photographs, but leave them as they are.
This is their history. Surviving all kinds of weather, the Tewa leave permanent gifts to mankind.
Finally, the descent down gives you views of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort, a great place to stay and soak your body after your climb to Posi-Ouinge Ruins.
For more information about New Mexico Pueblos,
please visit http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/