Camp & Ride to Datil Well Campground August 18 2018

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Re: Camp & Ride to Datil Well Campground August 18 2018

Postby SandyBallard » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:22 pm

I had a great time at the Camp & Ride at Datil Well Campground last weekend! Fifteen members showed up for the event and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Seven of us met at the Smith's parking lot Saturday morning and rode the scenic route through Mountainair to Soccorro - Magdalena - Datil - Pie Town. They make really, really good pie at the Pioneer in Pie Town. After pie, we backtracked 20 miles to the campground and set up camp. Our numbers swelled by more than a factor of two after we got there. A bunch of us took a short hike to a lovely overlook where you can look out over the plains of San Augustin and the Very Large Array. The area around Datil has been getting some pretty good rains lately so everything was really green.

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Upon our return to camp we proceeded to celebrate happy hour in good style, followed by dinner and smores around the campfire. The weather was great, just a few sprinkles, and there were no bugs other than a few ants who were easily dissuaded from being too much of a problem. After a lovely night sleeping under the stars we all cooked our various flavors of breakfast and then returned to Albuquerque by various routes.

Jan and I collaborated on a Google Photos album, which you can peruse here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dmTteYvExrzZTUrF8.

If this looks like the sort of thing you would like to participate in, you have one more chance this year. The club has reserved the La Junta group campsite at the Wild and Scenic River near Questa for Saturday night, September 22nd. For details, visit the forum topic https://loebmwr.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5077. Hope to see you there!

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Re: Camp & Ride to Datil Well Campground August 18 2018

Postby ramojo45 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:06 pm

Ill be meeting at the smiths.see you there.
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Re: Camp & Ride to Datil Well Campground August 18 2018

Postby Terry Rowley » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:54 pm

Kathy and I are planning to attend, hoping her leg will be healed enough so she can ride too.

We'll probably arrive Friday night so we can spend 2 nights in our tent and really enjoy the area.
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Camp & Ride to Datil Well Campground August 18 2018

Postby SandyBallard » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:45 pm

Greetings Happy Camp&Riders!

We have reserved the group campsite at the Datil Wells Campground for Saturday night August 18, 2018. The campsite has 6 sheltered picnic tables, loads of tent pads and plenty of parking for lots and lots of motorcycles. As with all Camp & Rides, this is a self supported trip which means you need to bring your own camping gear, cooking equipment, food and libations. Water and firewood are available at the site, so don't worry about that. The club is picking up the $30 fee for the group campground, which includes day use fees for everyone and their bikes.

Some area attractions include the VLA just east of Datil on US 60 and Pie Town which is 20 miles to the west (Yay Pie!). There is also an easy, 3 mile hiking trail that leaves right from the campground and offers some lovely views of the Plains of San Augustin and the VLA. Here is a link to the BLM website for the Datil Well Campground: https://www.blm.gov/visit/datil-well-recreation-area-campground and this pdf has information about the colorful history of the Magdalena Driveway and Datil Well https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/NM_Brochure%20Magdalena%20Trail_2018_508.pdf.

These Camp & Rides are a great time, as documented by Jan, the official Camp&Ride Photographer. To excite your enthusiasm, here are some of Jan's photos from the June 2017 Camp&Ride to Rio Grande del Norte:
https://goo.gl/photos/Txrj7vu7PpMUjTJD8

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The Datil Well Group Campgroud is located at gps coordinates 34.15116, -107.85746. To get there turn south off of US 60 about a mile west of the town of Datil. Travel about a 1/4 mile on a very hard-packed and well maintained gravel road, pass the entrance to the main part of the Datil Well Campground and find the group site a short distance down on the left.

If you would like to ride down as a group, meet at the Smiths parking lot on the SE corner of Tramway and Central (200 Tramway Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM) at 8:45 am Saturday morning for a prompt 9 am departure. We will ride the route depicted above, which includes a detour to Pie Town for some pie.

If you plan to come, please let us know so we have some idea of how many folks to expect. But if you decide to come at the last minute, just show up, there is plenty of room for everyone.

Hope you can join us!

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