We will be having a one night 'Car Camping' trip. There are rough forest service roads and a 4wd with clearance is highly recommended. We will be camping in tents but will be basically camping where we stop the vehicles...so there will be no hiking to get to the location. It is a small mesa with a great view! It will probably be cold, so dress and bring appropriate cold weather gear. Everyone who attends is responsible for checking the map, using their GPS, etc.. and find their way to the campsite. I have included a link to a map and highlighted most of the road to get to the location we will be camping. Most people will drive up Saturday morning, we can hang out and practice various survival things, stay the night, head home on sunday. Everyone is responsible for themselves. Bring your own gear, food, etc. I would expect rain or inclimate weather. Grid coordinates are:[masked], [masked] Link to map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z9mJE9RJxGIc.k9IU6eYyuLkA IT WILL BE A BLAST!
Directions to the campsite: Take I25 North to Bernalillo. Exit at Bernalillo and head North on highway 550. You will take 550 through Cuba. About 4 miles north of Cuba, you will turn right and head toward La Jara on highway 96. You will drive about 21 miles on 96 and pass through the small town of Gallina. You are looking for forest road 77 [masked], [masked]) where you will turn left. You will take forest road 77 until you reach athe intersections with forest road 64 [masked], [masked]), where you will turn left. You will take forest road 64 until it intersects with forest road 473 [masked], [masked]) and turn right. Follow forest road 473 all the way out to the end of Mesa de Indios, where we will have camp set up [masked], [masked]) Forest road 473 can be very rough in some spots with some deep washouts. There are go arounds at some of the most difficult spots, so anyone with decent offroad driving skills, 4X4, and high clearance should be able to make it out to the campsite.
Communications: There is limited cell phone service in the area we will be camping. I do know that there is decent coverage for those with Verizon phones at the campsite. From the turnoff near Gallina to the campsite, cell service is unlikely. For those with HAM capability, there are several repeaters along the way that we can use to communicate with. The Megalink system can be used for the entire trip. The Sandia Crest repeater [masked] +, pl. 100.0) can be used to somewhere in between Albuquerque and San Ysidro. You can also use the Microwave ridge Megalink repeater on Mount Taylor [masked] -, pl. 100.0) up to around Cuba. In Cuba, you can use the Eureka Mesa repeater [masked] +, pl. 67.0), it will be good to around La Jara. The Taos repeater [masked] +, pl. 67) will be good up around the Mesa where the camp is. We will also be monitoring the national simplex calling frequency of 146.52.