Re: looking for flint or other knappable materal
I can send you to a location with a lot of jasper. It is the Flourite
Ridge area north of Deming. Known for its flourite mines, and for the carnelian at Cooke's Peak, it is also an almost unending source of jasper.
From Interstate 10 in Deming take Exit 82A to HW 180. Go north on 180 for 1.2 miles, and turn right on NMH 26. Go about 5 miles to a dirt road going left towards the hills, Kroh'ls Ranch Road (There is a residence on the NW corner of this intersection.) Go about 5.5 miles up this road, and you will come to an obvious mine, where the road will fork to the right and left. We found the hill area above the mine to be covered with a nice red jasper with yellow markings. Further up the right hand fork are numerous little side canyons, some with aboundant amounts of drusy quartz covered slabs. We went there at least once a year while we lived in southern NM,(20 years) and in that whole time period we found one tiny (about 1/4") piece of carnelian. We left NM in 20002, but at least prior to that, this was a good spot to pick up as much jasper as you wanted in a small amount of time.
We always did it as a day trip from Alamogordo, and always went in Jan-Feb to avoid the snakes.
From Becky Kelher - March 14, 2010 at 23:36:51