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Old carvings in aspens attest to sheep camps
Pete López, a lifetime resident of Arboles, finds a name he recognizes on an aspen in Moonlick Park northeast of Bayfield on Oct. 5. Daniel Monuez was a neighbor of his parents, said López, whose father and grandfather cared for sheep – their own and those of others.
A shepherd with a creative streak carved this bird on an aspen in Moonlick Park northeast of Bayfield. Shepherds spent the summer with their flock in high-country pastures such as Moonlick Park at 9,600 feet elevation.
A shepherd named Billy left his moniker on an aspen in Moonlick Park, northeast of Bayfield. The mid-September date could indicate he was headed back home after spending the summer with his flock in the high country. Ruth Lambert from the San Juan Mountains Association, who is researching the aspen carvings called arborglyphs, said 1959 was the latest year she has found in the carvings.
This early-day carving in an aspen done by a shepherd in Beaver Meadows northeast of Bayfield is one of about 1,000 found on 700 aspen in Beaver Meadows and Moonlick Park a few miles to the south. Both sites, on a 46-mile U.S. Forest Service-authorized livestock path that extended from the New Mexico state line into Hinsdale County, were pastures for sheep during the summer months.

The bark chronicles

Pete López, a lifetime resident of Arboles, finds a name he recognizes on an aspen in Moonlick Park northeast of Bayfield on Oct. 5. Daniel Monuez was a neighbor of his parents, said López, whose father and grandfather cared for sheep – their own and those of others.
A shepherd with a creative streak carved this bird on an aspen in Moonlick Park northeast of Bayfield. Shepherds spent the summer with their flock in high-country pastures such as Moonlick Park at 9,600 feet elevation.
A shepherd named Billy left his moniker on an aspen in Moonlick Park, northeast of Bayfield. The mid-September date could indicate he was headed back home after spending the summer with his flock in the high country. Ruth Lambert from the San Juan Mountains Association, who is researching the aspen carvings called arborglyphs, said 1959 was the latest year she has found in the carvings.
This early-day carving in an aspen done by a shepherd in Beaver Meadows northeast of Bayfield is one of about 1,000 found on 700 aspen in Beaver Meadows and Moonlick Park a few miles to the south. Both sites, on a 46-mile U.S. Forest Service-authorized livestock path that extended from the New Mexico state line into Hinsdale County, were pastures for sheep during the summer months.
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