Taking a break and a rant

The last couple days have been windy out here on the mesa. We did have a couple campers come in during it all, very nice people and we enjoyed visiting and helping them to do few small repairs.

Last Saturday was the April Fool’s Open Mic, that morning Brent and I went out to put up signs, to help direct people out. Just about a mile from our place we found a tent set up on land owned by a neighbor we’ve become friends with, that lives in another state for now, but does come visit his land regularly.

Many people think the land up here is BLM land (This is what this person stated he thought it was). It’s not, it’s all privately owned. If you are looking for places to camp for a bit, come talk to us, we may figure something out. If you do plan to squat do some research first. Some land owners are very (rightfully) protective of their land. We did not run this tenter off, we just highly recommended that he move off that land, which he did.

Many towns people come up here to watch the sunset, see stars, catch the views or travel all the dirt roads. This is fine to do, but we have issues with a few 4wheeler operators going down private roads, cutting through private and marked property, dumping trash or household garbage and tossing beer bottles on the roads. This land isn’t a landfill, pack out your trash! Take your junk to be recycled or to a designated landfill! Come enjoy the views, drive your 4wheelers, picnic, but do it with respect. We don’t go riding through your yard and dumping our trash, or chase after your dogs (that’s rightfully on your property).

Well that’s my rant.. We might be a little quieter this week than normal. We are trying to take a few days off from projects, and events. We plan to enjoy Easter here and hang out with some friends and try not to think about events and projects. Next week we’ll be right back to getting ready for the Nomad Gathering in the Desert !

Until then make sure to visit our website, we still will be available to answer questions. We still have some availability for vendors..

We do have a slight schedule change/inclusion. Saturday May 20th, we may have BINGO. We are thinking of doing it at 1:30pm. Buy in per card is yet to be determined. Prizes to be determined by cards sold.

Let us know what you think a good cost per card is.

Also Saturday night the 20th will be live music by Jer Killinger Singer/Songwriter and J5th & the 77 Riders .

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful week!!!

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April Fool’s Open Mic at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun off-grid Campground and Event Center

Now that the April Fool’s Open Mic is over we are sitting here out of the wind and relaxing a bit.

We thank everyone that came out, we had a wonderful time and enjoyed visiting, listening to music by JAFO Productions , Little Jasmine, Sam and Jannel, poetry, eating some good food thank you to Westland Meadows for cooking, we are happy that we were able to host an engagement party during the open mic, oh and seeing the calves, goats and Amigo getting loved up and playing with the children!!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Nomad Gathering in the Desert in May!

Until then, enjoy the video of the April Fool’s Open Mic!!

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Petting zoo at April Fool’s Open Mic

We had a new addition to the April Fool’s Open Mic tomorrow; there will be goats and calves petting zoo! We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Make sure to follow the directions on the website!!

One more week until April Fool’s Open Mic!!!!

One more week until the April Fool’s Open Mic ! We have so much work to get ready for this event. The weather has slowed us down to a crawl on finishing the store.

Make sure to bring your talent next Saturday starting at noon.

The April Fool’s Open mic is open to all, it’s FREE. There will be vendors, food vendors, music, bonfire, camping is available by booking through our website or stop at NEW (hopefully finished) Dusty Nails store to purchase a campsite or buy tickets for the Nomad Gathering in the Desert . Nomad Gathering is $20.00 for the weekend. Kids 10 and under are FREE!!

Directions to Plateau Hame De Colquhoun can be found by following the links below!

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April Fool’s Open Mic, Nomad Gathering in the Desert

The April Fool’s Open Mic is coming soon! A Free event here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun . During the open mic you can purchase tickets to the Nomad Gathering in the Desert a 2 night 3 day event with talent show, movie “Off the Map”, Live music by Jer Killinger Singer/Songwriter and J5th & the 77 Riders , bonfires, stargazing, vendors, Westland Meadows will be serving food during both events.

We still have openings for vendors for both events. Contact us for information!

Nomad Gathering is in need of volunteers, check the website for more information!

Plateau Hame De Colquhoun (Plateau Home of Colquhoun) is a family owned off-grid campground and Event center, located in Socorro County just 45 miles south of Albuquerque, 13 miles off I25 on the Southern Point of the West Mesa.

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Plateau Hame De Colquhoun store front

The tiny store front is almost finished! Just need to get the building in place, and paint it before we can start getting the inside setup!

To stay with our Modern Pioneerism this building was originally a shipping box, that we have fixed up, reinforced it with osb, and redoing a few of the frame pieces.

Now we have to wait out today’s winds before we can do more. Until then it’s laying on the ground to help protect it from the winds until we can move it and get it staked.

I still need a name for this little store front. Post your suggestions in the comments!

Nomad Gathering Registration during April Fool’s open mic

All of us here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun are excited to announce that we will be selling tickets to the Nomad Gathering in the Desert during the April Fool’s Open Mic at our booth!!

Register for the Nomad Gathering, day of the Open mic or on our website.

We still have openings for vendors, volunteers and sponsors. Contact us to register or for more information.

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Plateau Hame De Colquhoun is empty

Our mornings are when we here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun are busy working on social media, setting up and planning for events like two listed below.

Two upcoming events include:

April Fool’s Open Mic , and the Nomad Gathering in the Desert events.

The April Fool’s open mic is a free event, free to attend, free to vend. We still have vendor spots available contact us for more information. Camping is available for $10.00 for 2 nights Friday and Saturday.

Nomad Gathering in the Desert is $20.00 for the whole weekend price includes a campsite. Vendor spots available. Contact us for more information on vending. To register please visit our website.

During the Nomad Gathering in the Desert Friday we’ll be having a talent show followed by an outdoor movie “Off The Map” and bonfire!

Saturday we’ll enjoy music by Jer Killinger Singer/Songwriter and J5th & the 77 Riders

Visit our website for more information on events and registrations. 👇

That aside, today is the first day since mid December that we don’t have any campers here. It seems odd not seeing the campers. But that won’t be long as we have more coming in. We enjoy having others come camp, relax and enjoy the land, scenery as much as we do.

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Nomad Gathering in the Desert

Nomad Gathering in the Desert will be a 2 night 3 day private party of nomads coming together for food, fun, festivities, and fellowship.

Future New Mexico Nomad Gatherings in the Desert will be planned, organized by all participants. The first meeting will be held Saturday May 20th at noon.

The weekend will include a bonfire, Karaoke, Talent No Talent Show, Music, movie, Star gazing, Vendors and more

Friday Night:

  • 4 PM Nomad Opening meeting. Come together and get to know each other. If you’d like to host an event, this is the time to add it to the schedule.
  • Open Talent no Talent Show
  • Outdoor Movie “Off The MAP” Sequestered on a ranch deep in the recesses of rural New Mexico, a part-Hopi woman (Joan Allen), her catatonic depressed husband (Sam Elliot) & their precocious 11-year old daughter (Valentina de Angelis) live off the land…
  • Bonfire S’mores makings (S’mores kits can be purchased at the Plateau Hame De Colquhoun Booth).


  • Vendors – Free to Vend with Registration: Contact us to register your booth.
  • Noon Topic Conversation, Come together ask questions, plan the next year’s Gathering, start organizing for next year’s Gathering!

Saturday night:

  • Live Music TBD
  • Bonfire (S’mores kits can be purchased at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun booth


  • 11 am Nomad closing meeting time to say our goodbyes, exchange information with new friends.

If you would like to Host an activity or Vend your goods please let us know. Vending is free for all attendees.

All are welcome to attend the April Fool’s Open Mic a Free event.

Please visit our website and Facebook page for more information. Feel free to contact us for any questions.


April Fool’s Open Mic free event

Amigo the Dog says that he wants to hang out with everyone at the April Fool’s Open Mic on April first! It’s free to attend, camping is available for $10.00, and you can stay up to 2 nights.

Come support us for our 2nd year of hosting events!

Visit our website or Facebook for more information

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