22-Feb-2005 -- On a business trip to Albuquerque, I managed to convince two colleagues from work to make a quick stop south of Meteor Crater to visit 35N-111W. From the main road, you’ll want to turn right at N35 02.491 W111 02.072 to continue southbound instead of heading east into the commercial and tourist area. Turn left onto a Forest Service Road near N35 01.116 W111 02.194 and left again near N34 59.472 W111 00.865 and continue until you stop about 800 meters northwest of the point. There are two gates you will have to open and close as you travel through. We walked over relatively flat terrain with short scrub bushes and we had to avoid several cow pies. It was a simple matter of zeroing the point out – even by two first-time confluencers!
Picture #1 looks north with Meteor Crater in the background. Picture #2 looks east and shows the easy terrain to walk over. Picture #3 looks south with West Sunset Mountain in view. Picture #4 looks west. Picture #5 is a perfect GPS confluence position. Picture #6 shows me at the confluence. Picture #7 shows an antelope stretching and preparing to race us in our vehicle.
Two previous visit reports mention an antelope sighting – maybe it’s the same one. Clearly, the confluence belonged to *this* antelope.
On your way out, don’t try to circumnavigate the Meteor Crater because you’ll end up fenced-in on the other side of the Meteor Crater Ranch with no way to continue. We tried, but ended up backtracking the same way we came in.
Total time for our 23.7 mile excursion off of Interstate-40 was 1:15. It would have been much shorter and quicker if we hadn’t scoped out the preferred route and turn points for future confluence seekers….