San Miguel del Valle – Cueva de la Iglesia

High pine forest with some grand views, a lovely reservoir and a rocky canyon

This hike meanders from the village of Llano Grande through the high country of San Miguel del Valle and back into the Pueblos Mancomunados again!  It begins with a descent to a pristine reservoir in a meadow that often elicits modern-day ghost stories from the locals.  The reservoir sees its share of coots and hawks and sometimes is the drinking hole for a herd of wild horses.

Later in the hike we scramble down into a canyon called La Cueva de la Iglesia. With steep rock walls, lots of greenery and a little stream at the bottom it was a hideout for thieves in the 1800’s.  The banditos kept the gold and silver hidden somewhere in craggy canyon until the federales routed them out and killed them.


A beautiful canyon hidden in a verdant pine forest

Local legends of thieves and ghosts