DAY 11 PLAN: Albuquerque Pickup Day (option 3)


PICKUP DAY: Albuquerque, NM

  • break camp
  • Rest
  • Visit Albuquerque area
  • Administrative day (resupply, laundry, etc.)
  • ARR Cibola National Forest
  • Set up camp

NITE: primitive dispersed camping / Cibola National Forest, NM







Rest Day

LODGING: Cibola National Forest: Sandia Ranger District
Cibola National Forest (office), 2113 Osuna Road, NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
(see park website)
Phone: (505) 346-3900 / Fax: (505) 346-3901

Sandia Ranger District is near to Albuquerque.Motorized Dispersed camping is allowed 40 ft from centerline of road, in specific areas. According to their map, it is permitted along route 462DC1, which can be accessed from I-40 Exit 175 toward NM-14 / Tijeras / NM-337 / Cedar Crest. Go Left (south) on NM-337, a little over a mile to Chamisco Canyon Road. Make Left onto Chamisco Canyon Road, and follow that till it turns into National Forest road 462A, then pick up trail route 462DC1 (see Forest Map for location).


17 JAN 2010: We will have to make a decision here about whether or not we do the Santa Fe loop or if we go directly from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque.

Those who have done the drive recommend the Santa Fe loop “if we have the time”… particularly to see the Pecos National Historical site (which seems like it might be interesting, but not sure if it’s not better to spend time some where else in the area as there is no camping at this location… so it is just a “stopover”)…

Personally, I agree, as it would let us do the La Bajada Hill. And also, we can loop thru Albuquerque on our way back, down toward the Big Bend, as we must pass right by this way to get there.


  • New Mexico state official tourism site (about the state, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Native American New Mexico info about native american tribal events and activities open to the public.
  • Chaco Culture National Historical ParkThis Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. It is located in a relatively inaccessible canyon cut by the Chaco Wash, and contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. There is a primitive campground inside the park. Tucked amongst the fallen boulders and cliffs of Gallo Wash, the campground offers camping in a rugged environment, surrounded by petroglyphs, a cliff dwelling, inscriptions, and a high desert landscape. There is no shade. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – in Albuquerque, has a schedule of dance performances as well as other native american cultural programming
  • Manzano state park – a state park near to Albuquerque that has camping
  • something native american? – here is a calendar of new mexico native american events and dances. and this is the site of the taos pueblo, where they sometimes have a very beautiful relgious dance called matachines. and another calendar of dances and events (with notices about photography policy)
  • Acoma Sky City Pueblo tour… on the Acoma reservation that is between Albuquerque and Gallup. It has the oldest continally inhabited pueblo, and there are tours given by tribal members for tourist (seems like it is very well developed tourism, but has gotten high ratings)