Dearest Friends,

It's that time of year when Santa appears everywhere you look and every mind turns to giving.

In this year's final eNewsletter we have a gift for you - treks for less! A gift idea for your loved ones - gift vouchers! And it would mean so much if you would consider a year-end gift of support for Shumla. We've got less than $20,000 to raise.

All this giving puts us in a very merry mood. We can't wait to share 2023 - Shumla's 25th Anniversary year - with you!

We have so much to be grateful for and YOU are on that list!

Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at Shumla!

Send Shumla a Year-End Gift

There’s no doubt about it. Shumla Treks are a hit!

Our rock art tour program, started in May of 2021, has become a must-have experience for those interested in indigenous art of the Americas and the spectacular west Texas landscape.

2023 will be Shumla’s 25th Anniversary year and we have a special surprise. Incoming Shumla Board President, Mike Webb, has pledged a gift of $10,000 to cover some of the staffing and management costs of the 2023 treks program. This means, you, the trekker, can Trek for less!

In 2023, a full day trek will cost $120 per person (down from $160) and a half day trek will cost $60 (down from $80).

As always, your trek will be led by a Shumla Archaeologist and be informed by Shumla’s latest research and discoveries. You can visit sites inaccessible to the public and see sacred places that hold as much power today as they did when they were painted thousands of years ago. Come trek with us!


Thank you, Mike, for supporting a program that brings people from across the globe to see the treasured ancient murals of Texas. Our hope is that even more people will see for themselves why preserving this library is of urgent importance.

Looking for the perfect gift? Look no further!

Shumla Treks is now offering Gift Vouchers for $60 and $120 that can be applied to 2023 Shumla Half-Day or Full-Day Treks.

When you purchase you will receive an email with a printable and/or emailable gift voucher (example below) to give or send to your loved one. They can select from any of the 20 Shumla Treks on our 2023 schedule for a inspiring experience they will thank you for.

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Adventure is in store for you next year!

Check out our 2023 Spring and Fall Shumla Treks schedule below. We're bringing back some of your favorites from the last two years and adding a couple of new Treks like the Ultimate Shumla HQ and Lab Tour and a Trek to Los Vientos and Sunburst Shelter. Make a weekend out of it or just plan a fun day (or half day) with Shumla!

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 near the Devils River. 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

Dr. Karen Steelman, Science Director

Virtual presentation on Zoom

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Noon – 1 p.m. Central Time

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Help us reach our goal by the end of 2022! 

We have 17 days and $17,909 left to raise! We are so close to reaching our end of the year goal of $200,000. Your generosity helps support Shumla's groundbreaking research and incredible programming. From all of us, we are grateful for you!

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