We are going to go wheeling and camping around Elephant Butte Lake in Truth or Concequences, NM. Saturday and Sunday March 10 & 11 so bring your camping gear, pets, food, drinks and your trucks! If you don't want to camp that's fine too. (editors note: no, that would suck!) We will be meeting up Saturday at the local Walmart in T or C about 10:30 am. From there we all roll to camp on the beach at Hot Springs Landing, maybe do some local trails then its BBQ time round the ol' campfire.
Come sunday morning we pack our crap up and head to the Very Large Array (VLA) via Monticello Canyon and NM-52, roughly 5 hours (without stops) and 91 miles of fairly tame dirt we hope is passable with 2WD and some ground clearence. There's a bailout at mile 51 if you don't wanna go all the way. There's also some options on leaving things behind at the beach such as campers and gear if need be.
If anybody is off Monday, Colin will be staying over at the lake for a extra day.
This is a nice central location for both the El Paso and ABQ folks to meet up as well as anybody else, so come on, lets go!! More details to follow.
EP drivers can meet at the Shell on Trans Mtn and I-10 at 8am on the 10th for a caravan up to T or C. addy for yer gps:
6990 North Desert Boulevard, El Paso, TX
Walmart addy in T or C for yer gps:
2001 H.R. Ashbaugh Dr. Truth Or Consequences, NM 87901
Here is the google map of the area:
A solid WX link:
Here is the free code--- 13VID
Here's a discussion link for all you TW peeps. It starts at the end of this mega-long thread, page 76:
If you have Faceplant there's more shenanigans here on our El Paso Tacoma's page:
and our Event Invite page:
The visitor info for the VLA:
Here is a google map from the Lake to the end of the Canyon trail:
Here is a GM from the end of the Canyon trail to the VLA:
And here is a GM from the end of the Canyon trail back to the Lake:
Here is a GM from the Lake though the Canyon and to the VLA:
Also here is a trip report from someone else of just the Canyon:
Another review and pictures of the canyon trip plus some options other than the VLA:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/948604/Monticello%20Canyon.gpx (Note: right click and "Save As")
Garmin ToPo maps:
We will be using CB channel 4. For those with Motorola Talkabout style Walkie Talkies, please use channel 12. We will have communication between CB's and walkie talkies in the lead and chase vehicles to ensure all is right with the world.