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Old 04-12-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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New Mexico Rally!

I am putting together information for a May, June, July, August, and Sept 2015 Rally for Fiberglass campers in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Come join the fun. I am thinking of three day weekend trips to the PECOS, Cochiti, Chama, and other beautiful locations. Sites book quickly so let's plan some dates. Please respond if you're interested in joining. And....EVERYONE is welcome regardless of your current location, I am just suggesting this area because this is where I am located but if you're planning on passing through this area during these months, please let me know!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:27 AM   #2
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We are interested! Love NM!
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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I would love to do this but need to plan a trip like this much further in advance. I hope you are very successful and this becomes an annual event. New Mexico would be a great destination.
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:02 PM   #4
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Hey John. I will be in N M sometime in late June. Have you ever pulled your Burro to Chaco Canyon? I have been before but just for a day trip. The road was like a wash board. I also have a 13 ft. 1982 Burro. Would probably have to drive the 20 miles in very slow. Thanks, joe
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:16 PM   #5
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NM & S. Co. rallies

Count us in on NM and Southern Colorado rallies. Just email us and we will try and make it this May, June ,July ,Aug. Have stayed at several NM and Colo. campgrounds. Know when we have stayed at NM state parks= is a hassle...We are from Tx.
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:22 AM   #6
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Sounds wonderful. Count me in.
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:57 AM   #7
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Hello Joe, no I haven't but I have camped there in a tent. There is a long 16 mile dirt road but they keep it in EXCELLENT condition. Let me know when you'll be in town. I'd love to meet up! I think I may be in Yellowstone the last two weeks of June but you never know!
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:59 AM   #8
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Excellent Becky! I'll post dates and locations soon! Stay tuned.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:09 PM   #9
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Sounds great, but this year is booked-up for us, but perhaps next year.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:17 PM   #10
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Probably cannot meet up this year but am in NM regularly and will see you some time. Where are those photos?
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Old 04-14-2015, 04:25 PM   #11
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Hello Joe, no I haven't but I have camped there in a tent. There is a long 16 mile dirt road but they keep it in EXCELLENT condition.
I beg to differ. The road is awful, unless they have moved some huge amounts of gravel and graded it superbly in the last twelve months. We love Chaco and visited it for the third time in spring 2014. Entered on the southern access road which was "OK", exited on the northern road, which was an absolute nightmare. Have you ever driven on sixteen miles of bedrock? I spent 45 minutes fixing/securing stuff that broke loose when we returned to the paved road.

We are in VT but travel to CO several times a year, a rally in NM sounds interesting!
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Hopefully I can see Chaco Canyon without taking a trailer. Was told it is a fantastic place and that I should go there for sure.
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Chaco Astronomy

Look the place up before you go, to see when they do their stargazing parties. There is an impressive astronomical observatory there. It is a neat place in many ways.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:49 PM   #14
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It ranks right up there in the middle of no where as one of the worst washboard roads. I know a guy who drove that Chaco Canyon road. His Scamp had a brand new Dexter axle, wheel, brakes, drum assembly. Screws came loose in the brake drum, halfway to Chaco. Things bound up inside, friction and heat drained out all the grease in the bearings. He's lucky he got the thing to the campground, but now he's thirty miles from the highway. Said he got help from a ranger who was a mechanic.

(No, it wasn't me.)
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:24 PM   #15
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We're in southern Colorado and would be interested. Places we like include: Wild Rivers (Questa), Bandelier, Chama, Taos, Eagles Nest. We will be checking out Sugarite Canyon SP in a few weeks, hopefully. Never been there, but like Raton.

In southern CO......Pagosa Springs, Ouray, (Durango is good, but has become so touristy), Mesa Verde, Lathrop State Park, other locations in that area.....La Veta, Trinidad Lake SP (although the lake isn't much these days), Westcliff.

Lots of others, too.....we are truly blessed with so much scenic beauty!!
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I experienced the road to Chaco Canyon 23 years ago so this post does not represent any first hand knowledge of the current road conditions now. We were visiting our friends Donna and Ray in Albuquerque and planned a day trip to Chaco Canyon in our friends one week old Ford Explorer. In addition to Donna and Ray and Kathi, my wife, we also had our friends infant daughter Brittany in the group.

It was summer and we thought we would be on a 3 hour tour. Sort of like Gilligan when he went to the island. The trip into the park was enjoyable. The dirt part of the road was rough and bumpy but the new Explorer performed flawlessly.

We arrived at the park and were thrilled with everything. The ruins were readily accessible and incredible. Ray and I decided to take a hike but the wives and baby stayed closer to the car and park headquarters. The beginning of the hike was nice until we got to some wonderful petroglyphs that had been vandalized. Some moron named Jayson decided to scratch an image of a 57 Chevy over some ancient artwork . He even signed his work ! Things like this just make me sick. Note to Jayson, If I ever have the good fortune to meet you I absolutely guarantee you that my size 13 foot will have a firm and direct impact on your posterior !! We continued our hike and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Our hike was cut short because it started to rain and it looked like it was going to get worse from the look of the sky. By the time we got back to the Explorer it was raining pretty hard. The wives were waiting in the car and the weather was looking to get worse and we had a very bad thunderstorm. The lightening was incredible and beautiful. We decided to head back to Albuquerque.

We left the park and when we got to the dirt road it was a sea of mud. I mean sticky, slippery mud about 4 inches deep. The 4WD Explorer handled it beautifully. We were only concerned with getting the vehicle dirty but the situation got worse quickly. We were moving along slowly and carefully but when we got over a small rise we had several vehicles ahead that were stuck and could not get going. We stopped to help which involved leaving the comfort of the Explorer and pushing the first stuck vehicle, then moving to the second and finally third vehicle before we could get back to our vehicle. After pushing all 3 vehicles we had so much mud on our feet and legs it was impossible to get clean before we got back into the Explorer. A few minutes later the first vehicle got stuck again which caused the other 2 to get stuck again. We finally made it back to paved road and in the process met some nice people but we sure got muddy. There was a time when we wondered if we would have to spend the night in the Explorer but we did manage to get out and back to Albuquerque. Cleaning the outside and inside of the truck was a major project.

I would love to return to Chaco Canyon and spend several days. I would definitely take my trailer but I would sure drive slowly and I would absolutely stay off the unpaved road if there was much rainfall.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:16 PM   #17
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Count me in on rallies in the four corners area! It will be my first summer using my camper. Chaco is a must see, but it has been a long time since I drove the road and never with a trailer. Campground is beautiful as well as the ruins. You don't want to go with any possibility of rain. The road is a slick mess when wet.
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Old 04-18-2015, 01:46 PM   #18
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Yes, would like to know if something's taking place. Might be in CO anyway this summer visiting family. Haven't seen a whole lot of NM and would love to come again.
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Sounds great. Put me on the notification list when you have a date(s).
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:04 PM   #20
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I will be on NM the beginning of May, and would love to meet up with some of you.
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