Friday, October 10, 2014

Spur Ranch Road conditions

Good morning Spur Ranch Road Association Members


Since yesterday (9 Oct, 2014) this part of Santa Fe County has received approximately ¾ inches of slow & steady rain and the forecast is for continuation of this system until Saturday, 11 Oct.2014 – just what we need to go into the fall and winter well hydrated – that’s the good news.  The not-so-good news is that Spur Ranch Road has been negatively impacted by this long, slow rain.  First to report on Compadres – it is very poor traveling in the native soil part where there are large puddles and very soft and sticky mud – I just drove it (1100 today) in my 4x4 pickup with all terrain tires and found it very hard going – I recommend avoiding Compadres until it has had time to dry.


Spur Ranch Road west of Junipero where the washout occurred is not too bad – the base of the road is intact and, as long as you make slow, careful progress you should be fine.  Spur Ranch Road immediately east of Junipero is very bad for a distance of some 100 yards, deep mud and ruts – using 4x4 or all-wheel drive will be necessary until  that section of the road dries.  Spur Ranch Road east of the tracks appears muddy and there are some wash boards and shallow potholes but it does not seem at all slippery – that being said I recommend slow and cautious driving on all of Spur Ranch Road – 30 MPH is the recommended maximum speed – slower than that is safer.


Al Webster,

Member of the Board of Directors,

Spur Ranch Road Association


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