07-Feb-2015 -- Having learned of the DCP recently, I thought it would be a great adventure with grandkids and one of them, Caleb, age 5 got interested with me. We found a road atlas with lat/long and pulled out my handheld GPS (cleaning off the corroded batteries)and were soon headed to our "home" CP which is about 20 miles west of Albuquerque. Caleb manned the GPS counting off the miles as we got closer going west on I-40. We took exit 140 and kept heading west 3.5 miles on the north frontage road until it turns south to go under the freeway.
At that point, there are some choices: turn west and go to an entrance across a cattle guard. Or turn east to do the same. Or hop the barbed wire and head southwest to the CP. We wanted to drive closer if we could and didn't realize the west route was there. So we went in the east entrance to the Laguna Pueblo (the other entrance would have been closer). We drove about a mile and then headed to the CP. With young Caleb, the walk of about 1.3 miles took 45 minutes with plenty of stops for water and picking up pretty rocks and a few stickers in socks. It was a beautiful, cloudless, windless morning, 65deg. Robin egg blue sky. Mostly a barren walk on soft ground and dry streambeds until we entered some rolling hills with a few pinon pines and crows. The CP was easily found on a slight ridge which was sloping south. This was a great learning experience for Caleb who was looking for a signpost at the CP. The night before he had asked me if we could go see the "lines on the earth". He figured if they were on the map, they must be on the ground. We had a nice walk back and sat in the bed of the truck eating trail mix contemplating our adventure. 28 more CP's in our state to go!!
35N 107W is on the Laguna Indian Reservation. The entry sign has been upgraded since 2000 with significantly more warnings and information. To properly get a permit, you must contact the tribal office 23 miles further to the west in Mesita.)