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Stagecoach Stop RV Park, near Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stagecoach Stop RV Park, near Albuquerque, New Mexico

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

I stayed for two weeks at Stagecoach Stop RV Park, near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Tent Rocks, Bandelier, and Petroglyph National Monuments, as well as Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Arrival Day of Tour Nights Departure
GFT GFT 2
2019/9/3 623 126 14 2019/9/17
Mileage Elevation
Odometer Map Actual Local Accumulated   Feet Meters
57,611 118 581 478 GFT 39.094 Actual 5,312 1,619
GFT 2 6.084 Δ -768 -234
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

I chose Albuquerque over Santa Fe for my two weeks in this part of New Mexico, mainly because that's where the museum of natural science is. While I was at Abiquiu Lake, I dropped down to Santa Fe for a luncheon with my niece, so I got a chance to see both cities. Both were hot during my visit, but not overwhelmingly so. Both are built on a sage-and-sand desert, where houses almost seem out of place, though the popular adobe architecture seems best suited to it. From my brief stay, it would appear that Santa Fe is the "artsier" of the two, but its narrow streets and driveways challenged me with my truck. Albuquerque is larger, with more of an urban feel.

The Journey to Albuquerque

My GPS offered me two almost equivalent options for my trip to my campground in Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, and I took the road less traveled. I had driven part of both options during my stay at Abiquiu Lake: I had taken Route 96 west on my way to Chaco Canyon, and 84 south on my way to Santa Fe to visit my niece. Route 96 was by far the prettier, with red, brown, and gray-striped canyons all the way. Occasionally, on 96 and again on 550 south, I got glimpses of tilted strata surrounding and revealing the Valles Caldera, which I plan to visit more closely while I am here.

It's hotter here than at the lake, and the heat lasted longer into the evening, but it didn't much impede my sleep. In my second week, the highs did drop down into the 80s rather than the 90s, so it was slightly more comfortable.

Maps and Photos of Journey

Maps of the Phoenix's journey to, around, and from Albuquerque.Phoenix Popup
Photos of the journey to there.

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Previous Location: Riana Campground, Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico
Route of Journey to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico
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Current Location: Stagecoach Stop RV Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Route of Journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Carlsbad, New Mexico
Route of Journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Carlsbad, New Mexico
Next Destination: Carlsbad KOA Holiday, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Around Albuquerque

What distinguished Albuquerque the most, and Santa Fe too for that matter, was the architecture. Both cities are laid out in the sand-and-sage desert of the Rio Grande valley. Both have adapted the adobe buildings of the Pueblo Peoples as a common basis of building design, effected using modern building technologies and practices behind the scenes. So flat roofs and stucco surfaces are quite common, and even preferred fashion in many places, though peaked roofs, some with clay tiles, perhaps outnumber them. Whatever the mix, the appearance of both commercial and residential neighborhoods is quite different from more northerly or easterly climes.

The difference was significant enough that I took a few photos on my trip to Petroglyphys National Monument.

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Stagecoach Stop RV Park

My first impression of Stagecoach Stop RV Park, other than the late summer desert heat, which I never really got used to, was the commercial neighborhood: strip malls and fast food and a friendly neighborhood Walmart, convenient for shopping but not high on the attractiveness scale. Right across the street is a big concrete pipe factory, reminding me of Dickey Clay back in Pittsburg. Commerce extends right into the park, with a self-storage facility and a car museum that never seemed to have any patrons.

My second impression, one that I felt rather than saw until I looked at the photos, was of acres of asphalt, everywhere. The RV sites, I should say, the outdoor areas next to the RV sites, were gravel oases in a sea of hot, black asphalt. Most sites had trees planted in the gravel, but in some, like mine, the trees were too young to provide much shade.

The park provides all the amenities: full hookups, picnic tables, a swimming pool that I never saw used (must have been too hot). The staff was very friendly and helpful. The sites are big enough, though I had to disconnect my trailer and park it in the stall next to the trailer. Access from the main highway is a little tricky, since I couldn't turn left at the park sign; but my GPS got me there with only a few "what are you telling me?" doubts. The roads and access within the park are good; hence the acres of asphalt. My hotspot gave me very good wifi throughout my stay.

As I might have expected, summer was not the best of times for visiting the region. A cooler time might have made everything seem better. If I return, I won't rule out Stagecoach Stop, but I will look to see if there's something in a more pleasant neighborhood.

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Address 3650 NM HWY 528 NE
Rio Rancho NM 87144
Home Page http://www.stagecoachstoprv.com/
Phone ‭(505) 867-1000‬
Associations
Rate (net US$) $45
Features
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Sewer   Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
  Paved Gravel
 
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50 30   20
Playground Swimming   Golf
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Reviews (as of 2019/9/10)
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Rating Out of
Campground Reviews 7.8 Good 10
Good Sam 10 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 4.5 5
Phoenix 7 10
Attractiveness 7 10
Neighborhood 3 10
Friendliness 9 10
Tree Cover 5 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Length 8 10
Site Width 7 10
Ease of Access 8 10
WiFiPhoenix Popup 8 10
Pros
  • Full-featured, well-appointed campground
Cons
  • Unattractive, light-industrial, commercial neighborhood

Points of Interest

What brought me to Albuquerque rather than Santa Fe (they were too close together to stop in both of them), was the natural history museum. After getting there, I found a number of national monuments worth visiting.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Albuquerque's museum of natural history was a good one. The exhibits are well-described and arrayed, quite suitable for school kids, with special emphasis on specimens from New Mexico. It has a marvelous sequence of exhibits telling of the origins of the earth, and another on the origins of life on earth, though the latter needs more fossil evidence. Its fossil collection in general, though far from complete, is well planned and contained a few species that I had not yet collected. I experienced disappointment in my visit in only two respects, both of which are in the museum's power to correct:

  • The lighting is poor throughout the museum. Neither wide shutter nor flash photography yielded good results. In some cases, fossils were back-lit in a way that neither eyes nor camera could get a decent view of the front of the specimen.
  • Although it has a nicely sculpted model of Coelophysis, the state fossil, its only fossil of that species on exhibit is still encased in the plaster jacket in which it was brought from the quarry. In order to see a fully articulated specimen, New Mexicans have to go to Denver.
Here are photos of specimens that are new to my collection, in descending order of age. Headings have been assigned the standard color for the age.

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Late Triassic, 216-203 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-203 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-196 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-196 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-196 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-196 MYA
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Late Triassic, 216-196 MYA
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Late Jurassic, 150 MYA
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Late Jurassic, 150 MYA
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Late Jurassic, 150 MYA
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Bistahieversor sealeyi
Late Cretaceous, 74 MYA
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Late Cretaceous, 74 MYA
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Naashoibitosaurus ostromi
Late Cretaceous, 73.5 MYA
Cast of specimen from New Mexico
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Late Cretaceous, 73.5 MYA
Cast of specimen from New Mexico
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Parasaurolophus tubicen
Late Cretaceous, 73.5 MYA
Digitally printed from specimen from New Mexico
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Parasaurolophus tubicen
Late Cretaceous, 73.5 MYA
Digitally printed from specimen from New Mexico
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Parasaurolophus tubicen
Late Cretaceous, 73.5 MYA
Digitally printed from specimen from New Mexico
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Gomphotherium productum
Middle Miocene, 14 MYA
Specimen from New Mexico
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Gomphotherium productum
Middle Miocene, 14 MYA
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Gomphotherium productum
Middle Miocene, 14 MYA
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Stegomastodon primitivus
Late Pliocene, 3 MYA
Specimen from New Mexico
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Stegomastodon primitivus
Late Pliocene, 3 MYA
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Late Pliocene, 3 MYA
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Late Pliocene, 3 MYA
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Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National MonumentWikipedia is located along the west escarpment of the Rio Grande Rift,Wikipedia just on the western edges of Albuquerque.

Now I had not heard of the Rio Grande Rift until watching the video at the Visitors Center, and it hints of amazingly complex geological history, with tectonic plates in the middle of the country subducting under one another, getting snagged, and pushing the country apart, a complicated situation which is at least partially responsible for the uplifting of the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado, as well as the vulcanism of the last several million years.

The Ancestral Puebloans knew nothing of these geological matters, but the Rio Grande and its rift valley provided an excellent highway for travelers and commerce between Mexico, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and all of their other settlements. Along the way, they left their mark in the form of petroglyphs, carved through the desert varnish on the basalt left by recent volcanos.

Whether these drawings be sacred writings of ancient peoples, as modern Puebloans believe, or merely the graffiti of bored travelers, is not for me to say. But they are definitely intriguing. The contrast in lighting between the background and foreground of the petroglyphs was not always optimum, so in most cases I created three different versions of the phothos:

  1. The first is the original photo, with minor lighting adjustments, showing the petroglyph and its boulder in the context of its surroundings.
  2. The second zooms in on the petroglyph itself, and the lighting and coloring are adjusted to best reveal the image.
  3. The third converts the second to black and white, and the lighting is readjusted to maximize detail.

I hope you enjoy them. For the sake of comparison, you might want to examine the photos of petroglyphs from my earlier visit to Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal, Utah.

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Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National MonumentWikipedia is an archeological site. Like Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep, and Chaco Canyon, it was once the home of Ancestral Puebloans. The remnants of the dwellings are located at the base of the cliff, not high on the wall like Mesa Verde, nor at the top like Hovenweep, nor away from the wall like Chaco Canyon. The architecture varied from simple caves (or “caveates”) carved out of the soft tuff left behind by the Valles Volcano, to complex, multi-storied pueblos, combining rooms carved into the rock with rooms built lean-to fashion with rock walls and log-beam ceilings.

These dwellings date from the 12th to the 17th Centuries, somewhat later than those at the other sites I’ve visited. Nonetheless, the architecture seemed more primitive, not just the old cave, but the walls of the newer buildings, which were only a single layer of stone thick.

Erosion has taken a severe toll on the whole complex. The easily worked tuff erodes far faster than the sandstone used at the other sites. In some cases the dwellings look as though they’d been bathed in acid.

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National MonumentWikipedia (Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in Pueblo), like Fantasy Canyon near Vernal Utah, is another case of Mother Nature creating stone sculptures using the tools of erosion. In this case the stone was volcanic tuff, i.e., rock and ash from the Jemez Mountains that erupted some six million years ago. The tuff was never covered by later layers of sediment, and so was never compressed into hard rock. So it remains fairly soft, feeling like cheap concrete, and very malleable to the wind and rain, which created some fantastic shapes.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve

I first learned about Valles Caldera when I was staying at Abiquiu Lake. On returning from Chaco Canyon, I noticed a significant tilt to some layers of rock someplace near Youngsville, a significant departure from the level strata that I had seen all day. Moreover, as I drove farther, I noticed that the tiltage was curving. as though some ancient pimple in the earth had pushed up a big circle of rock and then collapsed. Suspecting a volcano, I did my web search when I got home, and lo and behold, there it was: Valles Caldera.

Valles CalderaWikipedia is younger than Tent Rocks. Its volcano erupted some 1.2 million years ago, collapsing and covering the older Toledo Caldera of 1.6 million years. Today the caldera is a broad valley, with several volcanic domes breaking up the flat sea of grass. The elevation at the Visitors Center is about 8,800 feet, and the highest point is over 11,000 feet.

I had intended to drive a back road from Tent Rocks to Valles Caldera. Turned out that road was closed, despite all the assurances that Google Maps gave me.

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Onward

My next stop after leaving Albuquerque was Carlsbad, New Mexico, where I planned to visited fossil sites at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and possibly return to Carlsbad Caverns.

Namaste!

Route of Journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Carlsbad, New Mexico
Next Destination: Carlsbad KOA Holiday, Carlsbad, New Mexico

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I have always embedded Google Maps™ of my routes from place to place. These maps not only gave you a general overview of where I was, they allowed you to open that route in Google Maps itself, to zoom in and out as you willed, in order to look more closely at the geography of my travels.

I am sad to report that I can no longer show you Google Maps™ of my routes. Google, in its infinite corporate wisdom, now charges a fee to embed such"advanced" features, a cost which a pro bono site like this cannot endure.

From now on, I will only show you Google Maps™ of the previous, current, and next locations where I stay (at least until Google gets even greedier, and puts a price on those too). In addition, I will show you non-interactive images (screen shots) of maps of my routes. All maps will be included in the Journey section of the blog (rather than having the next destination map at the end).

Nonetheless, you can still view my route, in Google Maps™, at no cost to either of us (yet). On either the Current Location or the Next Destination map:

  1. Click on "View larger map" to open the map in Google Maps™.
  2. Click on the "Directions" button.
  3. If you opened the Current Location map, replace"Your location" with "Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico".
  4. If you opened the Next Destination map, replace"Your location" with "Albuquerque, New Mexico".
  5. Hit Return.

Of course this procedure doesn't show you which among alternative routes I took, or what side trips I ventured on, or what strange adventures my phone's GPS might have sent me down, but I will give you an approximation of my route.

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