Bloodgood Spring

Bloodgood Spring

The route to this spring begins at the parking area for the Kingston Cemetery, just outside of Kingston on NM-152.  Crossing NM-152 the route follows a fence line until it joins an old road bed, follow the road bed to a gated enclosure.  

I have seen this spring referred to as Goldfish Pond Spring in some documents.  It is unnamed on USGS topographic maps.

There are two fenced units at the spring area.  The first appears to be a cattle enclosure, with a drive through gate, which provides access to spring water.  The second enclosure surrounds the spring.  There is a water trough, fed by the spring, outside the eastern end of the cattle enclosure (photo below).  Fencing is intact and is generally better than that found at other springs in the area.  The bottom strand of the fence is barbed wire when it should be clean wire (barbless) and there are arguments that the fence is not taut enough.

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There is a significant amount of water flowing from the hillside at the spring site.  At some point a hole was drilled into a rock and water flows freely from the spring here (see photo above from July 6, 2017 and photo right from September 5, 2014).  There are reeds, native grasses, and other vegetation at the site (photo upper right).  The cattle enclosure has beautiful old Alligator Juniper trees (photo lower right).

On September 8, 2014 there were a number of bird species in the enclosures including Bushtit, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Scrub-Jay, and Townsend’s Solitaire. 

The photographs below were taken on September 5, 2014 and July 11, 2017.

There are several wet seeps and wet areas from the spring drainage at the site.  Broad-leaved Cattail, Typha latifolia, dominates the wettest of these areas (three photos below).

Along the creek edge there is another artesian spring (created by drilling into the rock) - pictured below (July 11, 2017).  Along the edge of the slope and creek there are a number of seeps and smaller springs.

The hose visible in the photo above was inserted in this spring at one time and fed the trough pictured above.  The two artesian springs that we found at Bloodgood were created by drilling holes into the bedrock.

© Robert Barnes 2018