Dearest Friends,

Happy New Year! And for Shumla, 2023 means happy 25th Anniversary year! To kick off the year in joy and community, our Staff and Board gathered together in San Marcos for a birthday party complete with cake, candles and recognition of those who made this birthday possible. We are so excited to share this milestone year with you. You are the reason we have so much to celebrate!

Wishing you all the best in 2023,


Thank you Shumla friends, together we achieved our 2022 goal of raising $200,000!

Our year ended with an outpouring of your love for Shumla, our staff and our mission. We felt it with every dollar donated. From all of us, thank you for your support in 2022!

Next month is Shumla's 25th birthday!

Our milestone birthday is coming up on February 12th and we have a lot to celebrate! We'll kick things off with a look at our Staff and Board party to celebrate our many accomplishments over the last 25 years and to look forward to the next 25.

We caught up with each other and reminisced about our 25 years together. We celebrated our out-going Board President Lacy Finley and welcomed our new Board President Mike Webb. And we expressed our deep gratitude to our longtime supporter Elton Prewitt after 20 years as a Shumla Board Member. It was a wonderful ride down memory lane!

Be on the look out on social media on Sunday, February 12th as we kick off our 25th birthday with a special post! Click the links below to follow us on social media.

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Our first Shumla Trek of the year is just around the corner!

We're kicking off our Spring season with a Halo Shelter and Devils River Overlook Trek on March 11th. We have a lot of fun in store the rest of the season and the year. See our full Spring and Fall schedule below. We've even added some new locations this year!

To gift a unique Trek experience to someone (ahem, Valentine's Day is just around the corner), a Gift Voucher is always available for purchase.

Shumla Treks Gift Voucher

March Treks

Halo Shelter and

Devils River Overlook

Saturday, March 11

Painted Shelter and Vaquero Shelters

Sunday, March 12

Eagle Cave, Skiles Shelter, Kelley Cave

Saturday, March 25

Vinegarroon Historic Railroad Camp

Sunday, March 26

April Treks

VV75 and the Red Linear Type Site

Saturday, April 22

Fate Bell, Fate Bell Annex, and Running Horse Shelters

Sunday, April 23

May Treks

Ultimate Shumla

HQ and Lab Tour &

Pecos Overlook

Saturday, May 6

Running Horse

Shelter and Seminole Canyon Museum

Sunday, May 7

Meyers Springs Shelter & Historic Site

Saturday, May 20

Black Cave and Vaquero Shelter

Sunday, May 21

Full 2023 Shumla Treks Schedule

September Treks

Ultimate Shumla

HQ and Lab Tour &

Pecos Overlook

Saturday, September 9

Running Horse

Shelter and Seminole Canyon Museum

Sunday, September 10

Halo Shelter and Devils River Swim

Saturday, September 23

Painted Shelter and Vaquero Shelter

Sunday, September 24

October Treks

Los Vientos and Sunburst Shelter

Saturday, October 28

Black Cave and Vaquero Shelter

Sunday, October 29

November Treks

Eagle Cave, Skiles Shelter, Kelley Cave

Saturday, November 4

Vinegarroon Historic Railroad Camp

Sunday, November 5

Meyers Springs Shelter and Historic Site

Saturday, November 18

Fate Bell, Fate Bell Annex, and Running Horse Shelters

Sunday, November 19

We have new radiocarbon dates from Halo Shelter!

Shumla's Science Director, Dr. Karen Steelman, will be sharing new data from The Hearthstone Project. Last year, the team conducted fieldwork to determine paint layer stratigraphy for Halo Shelter. Using microscopy, we can chart out the order that the paint was applied to the rock shelter wall. Based on that information, Steelman returned to conduct radiocarbon dating of the pictographs. Results from thirteen pictographs at the site are remarkably consistent, further confirming that the mural was a planned composition. We want to share these new and exciting results with you!  

Precision Labwork Reveals the Age of

Halo Shelter Pictographs

Karen Steelman, PhD., Science Director

Virtual presentation on Zoom

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Noon – 1 p.m. Central Time

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Our newly designed Publications and Presentations pages are live

We are thrilled to share our latest website update which offers a more intuitive way to browse our Publications and Presentations pages. We've added categories to help you reach the article or video you're interested in.

Publications Page

The same category system was used for our Presentations page which links to our YouTube channel. Take a look around our two new pages and let us know what you think!

Presentations Page
YouTube Channel

25 years down,

25 years to go!

This year is a huge milestone year for Shumla! As much as we love reflecting on the past and all of our many accomplishments, we can't help but look to the future. We have an incredible team, a clear vision for what's to come in the years ahead and the dedicated support of all of you. Help launch us into the next 25 years of Shumla!

Support Us Today!

If a donation is not possible for you today, show your support by sharing our mission with others. You can show your support by sharing this newsletter and our social media posts.

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Visit the Lower Pecos by flying with American Airlines to Del Rio, Texas. American Airlines American Eagle flies to Del Rio from DFW Airport in Dallas. American Airlines will suspend all flights to and from Del Rio as of April 3, 2023. 

Visit to get your ticket today. 

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