This isn't about the Grand Canyon area; but it is of the same nature - I live in SE NM and have been here all of my life. So the things I'm sharing
right now I have acquired from various sources - mostly the first hand accounts of friends and family members (including in-laws).
It is said that there is an underground cave/highway system that travels North from down in Old Mexico (somewhere) and runs roughly along the line of
the Rio Grande - passing under several small mountain ranges that have been known for rich veins of ore (mainly gold) that were sought after in the
days of the Conquistadors and subsequent colonization and 'christianization' of the 'heathens' (read: civilized genocide in the name of God and
for the wealth of the king of Spain).
Ghaele posted good links - that I have heard of, as well - and I have heard stories about the people descending and emerging at will - to travel,
hide, or whatever...I don't know but it fascinates me for sure. I know there is, for a fact, cave systems and underground rivers all over NM and AZ
so surely there is some basis to all these clues and hints we've heard about. I don't think that the Egyptians came here - I think that the
migration Northward from the jungles of Mexico were of a people from the same or very similar origins as the Egyptians - separated toward opposite
lands immediately pre- or post-deluvian times (OR at the start of the Holocene or end of the Younger Dryas event).
Now, from what I understand of the people in my neck of the woods (actually 'cactus' would be a better word
), the are believed to have mainly
migrated north over the years due to reasons related to their growing crops of maize, which had become vital to their survival, this was a long time
ago - in the days when the basket-makers first came on the scene and then they began to dwell in pueblos. It is said that this land has been
inhabited for around 10,000 years.
I'm not sure of the reason they more recently began to use the underground route - but I strongly suspect it had everything to do with the situation
between the 'white men' (Spaniards) and the native peoples (the descendants of whom are the Apaches, I believe - two tribes: Mescalero and
Jicarilla; the latter one being Geronimo's people.
The 'white men' came for the gold - this is the land of the fabled Seven Cities of Gold (Cibola) and truly there are still vast riches in this
land....but the Apaches were often literally forced into slave labor and treated so contemptuously that their defense became one of violent revolt
against the Spaniards (brutal and total massacres at mine sites - surprise attacks on their oppressors) after which the Apaches would cover and
obliterate any sign or clue of mining and what-not. They had no use for the gold and they hated the greed of the white men because it caused them to
treat the Indians like animals. They kept watch (and probably still do, who knows?) on these places and killed any who dared venture too close.
After all - it WAS their land AND their gold from the start!
Even as recent as the 1940's and 50's - if some intrepid treasure hunter (and believe me there were many who came and many more who followed even
after the other ones never returned) got near to one of the old mine sites (where usually there is not only a lot of rich veins but also stashes of
ore that were hidden in the caves/mines), they were soon found dead or not heard from again. One friend of mine's father was obsessed with what is
supposed to be perhaps the richest stash in the state - in the bottom of the Caballo Mountains near Truth or Consequences
- and supposedly the entrance they sought would
also lead straight into the underground highway - and it was said there was a river/stream that ran along the way, too - perhaps the hidden life line
of the Rio Grande, I don't know.
We looked through his dad's documents, letters, pictures, and maps of all his exploring - and truly I would not venture into that realm for any
amount of gold! I don't know anything about the Grand Canyon in this respect - been there but never heard of tunnels or caves there...but in NM
there are an abundance of all such things - and treasure hunting is one thing both states share in common...dangers and all!
And cover ups aren't always the doing of the government, either - I would be far more wary of other guardians of such secrets - regardless of the
reason for going exploring, this part of the country (even AZ as well as NM) is still very much wilderness in the literal sense of the word.
So whatever you guys do, be very careful and weigh out your priorities. The things I said were not in any way exaggerated. I was looking for some
kind of link - anything, but most of what I found is just bits and pieces here and there - I found a few hints that the Rio Grande thing might be
connected somehow to the Grand Canyon - the rivers converge, perhaps? Google for Caballo Mountains, Horse Mountains, Doc Noss, Jornada Del Muerto,
Lost Dutchman mine...
I DID, however, find this CRAZY site that you guys might find something of interest in - if you don't, then you didn't look hard enough!