By Patty Wilber
Spruce Spring is up on Spruce trail out of the Red Canyon Trail Head in the Manzano Mountains. The Spring periodically gets a little help from the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen.
In June 2017, (from my blog June is the Hottest Month) “The most interesting log we did was at Spruce Spring. A dead aspen had fallen on the spring box and was stretched, in barkless recumbency, along the trail to the little water tank. The tank was dry, but water was still pouring, clear and cold, out of the overflow of the spring box.
We were afraid the drain line to the storage tank had been broken by the tree, but when we cut the log and rolled it away, the hose at the little metal stock tank starting gushing water and the tank was full within minutes! The tree had only pinched the line shut and as soon as the pressure was relieved, problem solved!”
In 2018, there was water in the spring box, but the inflow was so minimal that there was no outflow, and the stock tank was dry. Mary Ann and I tried to revive the flow into the spring box and had fun messing with it (Spruce Spring in a Drought).
No luck. We just had to wait for more moisture.
The spring ran fine in 2019.