Please join us for our second annual fund raiser ride. We have decided to do a scavenger hunt on horse back this year. We decided that a “photo” hunt would be interesting. Please bring along a digital camera of some sort. It can be a stand alone, on your phone, or in your GPS unit. We will be “hiding” some objects or items along the trail and give you a few clues to what it might be. You’ll need to figure out the clue and take a photo of what you think it might be. Some will be easy, and some harder. If you don’t have a camera, you can also write down what you found.
After the ride, we will have a cook out, a raffle and prizes for the various categories.
The loop trail will be around 9 miles long with some hills, some trees and some open valleys. Great views and a great space to come and camp. There is camping available at the parking site. No corrals are available and limited water. There is likely to be water on the trail at a couple sites if your horse will drink from stock ponds. Please no stallions or dogs on the trails.
Contact email@example.com for more details on how to enter.
July 29- and possibly 30 (Weather Permitting)
Location: Quartz Hill
Ride time 9:00
This ride is going to be Iffy due to the rains and bad road conditions. We need to double check the road on Thursday this week to see if we can even get in there. Alternate ride site will be to meet at the end of the pavement on Mount Taylor. There is a big gravel parking area on the sides where we can park. If you are unsure, call before you haul.
Location: Milk Ranch
Ride time: 9:00
We will need an alternate location if it continues to rain and the road/parking area there is to soft to get trailers into it.
Location: Cebolla Wilderness off Hwy 117
Camping and packing
The work project for the BLM. Please let me know if you can work a couple days or over the weekend etc. Some pack horses are needed, but others can come and ride and help pack and load. It’s too far out for most for a single day and it will be long days.
Location: Continental Divide Radar Site
Prep ride at Continental Divide for the fundraiser ride. We need to scope out the locations to “hide” the scavenger hunt items.
Location Continental Divide Radar Site
Time 9:00 Am
Saturday July 15th
9:00 AM Ride out time.
Meeting around noonish after the ride. Bring your lunch.
Trails Mapping in the Bluewater area. I still want to check out the trail up to Mt Sedgewick, but there are other trails to ride in there as well.
Note: all rides subject to cancellation due to weather or fire conditions. Check weather and call before you haul just in case. This one’s close to Anna’s house so she should know the conditions that day. Parking site is suitable for overnight camping. If you want to come the day before and camp, or camp overnight after the ride you are welcome. Stage 2 Restrictions are in effect. So no open flames or smoking.
If you come in from I-40 at the Thoreau Exit (53) and travel up Highway 612 to the end of the pavement. I believe it’s about 4 miles on the gravel road to the road junction. However if you come from Grants and get on the Gravel road in Grants. it’s approximately 30 miles of gravel road. Easiest to come down I-40 to Thoreau sometimes due to logging trucks.
BCHNM – ZMC
AGENDA – July 15 2017
Bluewater Trails after the Ride
- Call to Order and Introductions (if there are new people in the group)
- Approval of June, 2017 Meeting Minutes
- Treasurer’s Report–
- Ride Reports – Anna
- Gallup video Ride—Video is out and looks great
- Zuni Mountain Trails Updates – Anna
- Adventure Gallup meetings- Jackie
- Zuni Mountain Collaborative report-
- None this month
- Old Business:
- Call for Volunteers to:
- Events Committee
- Publicity Committee
- Fund Raisers
- September trail ride event- Need to work on donations for prizes, etc
- Committee to plan fundraiser ride for Fall. Need help
- Meeting Locations
- Ride locations
Recommendations for rides in July and August
August, or September, will need to mark trail for fundraiser ride at Divide.
- Purchase of trail maintenance tools. Complete.
- By laws changes per state by laws changes.
- New Business:
- Public Comments
The biggest reason we didn’t go riding this past weekend is one major component of Stage II restrictions:
Using a motor vehicle off of National Forest System roads, except in developed campgrounds and trailheads and areas within 10 feet of the roadway where there is no vegetation.
We have very limited places to park where there is no vegetation and/or a developed camp ground or trail head. We were unable to go to the McGaffey–Hilso trails due to the special mountain bike event, and changing the location last minute as well as sending out new directions and mapping out new ride locations was just not possible. We are still able to ride at the moment and lets pray for that rain that’s trying to come down. Until the stage two restrictions are lifted. We can still ride at the following locations.
- Continental Divide as long as we park on the pavement or on the side roads.
- Park and ride from the parking lot at the end of the pavement on Mt. Taylor.
- McGaffey-Hilso area if we pull off into one of the existing camp sites and stay within the boundaries there.
- Gallup Northside Trails.
- Bluewater Junction roads as long as we park on those side roads off the main road.
Our next event will be the 4th of July Parade. I don’t have the spot or line up time at the moment. Last year, I got the information the evening before the event. I believe we lined up at 7:30 though so be prepared to be there early.
Then I’d like to set up rides for the following weekends:
Please respond with ride locations of your choice: and Sat or Sunday rides. Thanks.
July 15-16 either day
July 29-30 either day.
Then we have the Bi-County Fair booth Sept 1-4 (please respond if you can volunteer to man the booth and what days and times you can come)
Ride Sept 9-10
Ride at continental divide Sept 23-24 to prepare
Fund raiser ride Sept 30
All will be dependent on weather conditions (ie if we can get into the location) and fire restrictions.
Also I’m working on a work project for us to clear some trails up on Mount Taylor. The Forest Rec Specialist is preparing a plan and the information that we need to complete that work. No date and time information on that one yet.
And we need to set a date for the next meeting. I’d like it to be July 15-16 after the ride or if we have to cancel the ride, then at my house as a back up.
USFS announced Stage 1 fire restrictions. We can still go out camping as planned at the end of June (unless new restrictions are put into place). We just cannot have an open campfire. Please plan on bringing propane cook tops for cooking any food and making coffee etc. If you’re a smoker, there will be NO SMOKING on the trail. Please keep smoking to inside your vehicles. And don’t forget to bring extra water for your horses.
We are working on the trails for our second annual fundraiser ride. This year we are creating a second slightly longer trail for those who would like a longer ride. There will be two loops available. One a short and easy 4 to 5 mile ride and one a longer 7 to 8 mile that is a little more technically challenging. It’s not majorly hard, but will be a hill climb and some rocky areas. We don’t want to get too long of a ride because we still need riders to come back into camp to turn in their cards for the prizes.
Come for the weekend if you want. There is plenty of room for camping and more trails to ride on your own or with a group the next day.
Plan to come out and have a fun day.