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United States : Texas

8.7 miles (14.1 km) NE of Red Bluff, Reeves, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 873 m (2864 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 32°S 76°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Facing North into New Mexico (Truck is parked on the gravel road) #3: Facing West into the Sunset #4: Facing East #5: GPS Photo #6: Confluence Cairn #7: Beetle that lives very close to the confluence

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  32°N 104°W (visit #2)  

#1: Facing South into Texas

(visited by Sacha Peter and Ann W)

23-Sep-2006 -- The last and only time this confluence was visited was over five years ago. Looking at it on a map, I thought it would be an easy drive to the proper point, so I was suspicious what the catch would be.

It turns out that the only reason why this confluence point has never been visited before was because it is so far away from anywhere that nobody has visited it again.

To arrive at the confluence point, drive south on US-285 from Carlsbad until you nearly hit the Texas border. There will be a bright green road sign with a Texas flag, and an abandoned building on the left side of the highway. Just before the abandoned building, make a left turn onto Eddy County Road 726 (which is a decently maintained gravel road with a couple hills, a car should be able to handle it with no problems) and head east for nearly two miles. You will hit 104W and don't even have to get out of your vehicle to take four confluence pictures within the valid radius of 100 meters, but in order to zero out your GPS, you need get out of your vehicle to walk a few meters south.

Upon reaching the confluence, the rock cairn that was left by the previous confluence visitor is still visible today. Other than that, the ground terrain seems more lush than it was five years ago.

I did not find any evidence of an abandoned railway track, but then again, we weren't looking for too long since we had to make it back to the Carlsbad Caverns to watch the bats take off (which they did at 7:02pm, local time). There is ample room to turn around on the gravel road and there also is a turn-around area for larger vehicles about 150 meters west of the confluence.


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#1: Facing South into Texas
#2: Facing North into New Mexico (Truck is parked on the gravel road)
#3: Facing West into the Sunset
#4: Facing East
#5: GPS Photo
#6: Confluence Cairn
#7: Beetle that lives very close to the confluence
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