Up on the mesa, the roads quickly became less-used and confusing. We figured we'd circle the mesa top on BIA 139 and BIA 140, but got stymied on the
south part of 139 where it crosses back into the Jicarilla land. We got turned around a bit, and the road kind of petered out at one point where we
thought 140 should head north back into the Southern Ute. Frankly, at this point we were getting kind of spooked, and every border crossing had many
no trespassing signs.
So, we decided to get out the there, and a road on our Garmin GPS appeared to go straight south back to Dulce. We tried following it a bit, but came
to a stout but unlocked gate with a very clear "KEEP OUT" sign on it. Not simply stay on the road, etc, so we said screw it and decided to backtrack
We headed back off the mesa to the west, on 139 to 154. Shortly after passing the road we had taken up from the south, 154 cuts north and hits CR542.
We actually exited out of some ranch onto 542.
I'll post some pics in a minute, but some conclusions first. One, get better permission than "you should be fine" from the tourist center. I doubt
that would hold water if we ran into anyone. Two, don't get your hopes up - this is rugged land, and it would be very, very easy to hide just about
Ok, pics, just to show you what you're dealing with:
pasture on top of mesa:
looking east to the mesa. If you look really close on the higher-res versions (see my gallery at grendel.smugmug.com), you can see an old fire
looking south, from just west of the mesa. Rugged, rugged country - can you spot the secret base here? Me neither.