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Review of Santa Fe National Forest - orangeclouds - 10-03-2019

This site may have been reviewed before, but I was just there yesterday so here's one about the current state of the area. I will specifically be talking about N 35°41'22.62", W 106°5'38.46" near the Santa Fe Trailhead and the pit toilets. I was there for 3 nights and 2 days, all weekdays. 

The area itself is quite beautiful in my opinion. It's on a flat plateau with many small pinion pines and juniper trees. There's great views of the distant mountains. It's not hard to find a semi private spot tucked behind a tree and if you venture further down the road, you could definitely find some good seclusion. 

The main perks: very close to Santa Fe, a beautiful little city where good free spots are really hard to come by. I had full cell reception on tmobile. Every one else staying there was friendly and waved and such. There's some nearby hiking trails to explore. The area itself is beautiful. Is adjacent to BLM land, so a 28 day stay is possible. 

The cons: it's right next to the dump. You cant see the dump, I never smelt the dump, but I could here all the heavy machinery during the day. The area is a bit trashed... both from dump blowover and disrespectful humans. I did what I could to leave my own spot better than I found it and collected the trash that was there. 

Cons continued: there is a good amount of illegal shooting going on nearby despite all the signs that say no shooting. The last night I was there, last night in fact, a group of locals came up to have a party at 2:30 in the morning on a Wednesday night. Blasting country music so loud my van was vibrating. And the horrible drunken sing along... these people had no respect or common decency. There was easily 20 other rigs up there that night. They finally left shortly after 4 am and I barely slept last night. 

In summary: I liked this spot before last night. I would have stayed longer and returned in the future, but now knowing that some locals treat the area as a total free for all, I'll take a hard pass.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - [email protected] - 10-03-2019

Orangeclouds, thanks for the review. Definitely a place I will avoid.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - orangeclouds - 10-03-2019

No problem!


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - VanForNow - 10-03-2019

This is also known as the Caja del Rio area. If you want privacy and remoteneess there, you can continue down the dirt roads to the Rio Grande River.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - Qxxx - 10-05-2019

N 35°41'22.62", W 106°5'38.46". Too close to a major city. I would not boondock so close to any city, as that is where the locals go to get drunk and blast away at tin cans and bottles, and generally trash the place.

If I am anywhere near a city, I prefer staying in an organized CG, and preferably one that has a host. Safety first, free rent second.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - MrNoodly - 10-05-2019

When you're done there you might want to cross over to the Cochiti Lake side and hike at Kasna-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

https://www.blm.gov/visit/kktr


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - orangeclouds - 10-06-2019

Funny you say that, that's exactly what I ended up doing!


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - orangeclouds - 10-06-2019

(10-05-2019, 09:07 PM)Qxxx Wrote:  N 35°41'22.62", W 106°5'38.46". Too close to a major city. I would not boondock so close to any city, as that is where the locals go to get drunk and blast away at tin cans and bottles, and generally trash the place.

If I am anywhere near a city, I prefer staying in an organized CG, and preferably one that has a host. Safety first, free rent second.

I appreciate the advice! I'm still learning as I go and I suppose I hadn't really thought about that going into it. I just thought about the free rent part. I've only got about 5 months on the road under my belt so far, so the trial and error phase is alive and well.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - Qxxx - 10-06-2019

orangeclouds Wrote:Funny you say that, that's exactly what I ended up doing!
The KKTR blm website says day use only. So where did you camp? I expect to be visiting the area early spring.


RE: Review of Santa Fe National Forest - MrNoodly - 10-06-2019

(10-06-2019, 06:20 AM)Qxxx Wrote:  The KKTR blm website says day use only. So where did you camp? I expect to be visiting the area early spring.

I stayed at the Corps of Engineers campground at Cochiti Lake.