Kiowa Hill

Thursday we took a group of high school kids to Kiowa Hill, which is East of Manassa, Colorado. Kiowa Hill is a small hill where a battle called “El Cerrito de los Kiowas” took place between the Kiowa tribe and the Utes. The Kiowas were stranded on top of the hill surrounded by the Utes, and the Utes waited there for days shooting at them with bows and arrows until all of the Kiowas had been killed. To this day there is still a small structure made out of rocks that is believed to be a makeshift shelter that the Kiowas tried to hide in. It was great to learn more about the history of our area and pass this knowledge down to the youth. After hiking up the hill we drove over to the Lobatos Bridge, which is one of the first bridges built across the Rio Grande. It was constructed in 1892 and most of the originalĀ  materials are still in tact. About a mile down the river from the bridge are some awesome petroglyphs that can still be distinctly seen. The archaeologist from the Monte Vista office came wit us and demonstrated how to make arrowheads! He used nothing but different shaped rocks to chip and sharped the edges and create a perfect spear point. He also brought along his collection of others that he had made from all different types of stone. One chip off of a rock came off so clean that the edge could cut through leather like it was butter! It was amazing! All day the kids were running around exploring and talking about how cool all of this history was and I think I got as much out of it as they did!

Kiowa Hill structure

Kiowa Hill structure

Making arrowheads!!

Making arrowheads!!

Morgan Garcia
mlgarcia@rams.colostate.edu
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