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!!

New Dusty Nail General Store

It’s already Tuesday. Only 4 more days until the April Fool’s Open Mic ! BYOB and 420 friendly event, be prepared to enjoy your day, listen, perform, and relax. All are welcome to attend, this event is kid friendly.

We have been slowly working on the Dusty Nails store. With the wind it has been hard to get much done.

But we are now to the point of loading the store up with products. We’ll be selling Art, Bottled Water, Glow sticks, LED Balloons, T-shirts, Charms, Build your own charm necklace, bracelet or keychain. Almost forgot We will be selling Registration for the Nomad Gathering in the Desert that will be held May 19th to 21st. A fun packed weekend with a Talent show, Outdoor movie, bonfires, live music by no other than Jer Killinger Singer/Songwriter and J5th & the 77 Riders . This will be the ONLY time you can purchase a registration in person. You can register online through our website until May 10th I think it is.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 1st!!

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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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Our story thus far…

Plateau Hame De Colquhoun is a family owned business. On top of a desert mesa overlooking the Rio Grande Valley. Ran totally off-grid using solar and generators to run any sound and lights needed for an event.

Our family had site managed, built other semi off-grid event centers for other businesses for many years. But our dream was to do something similar for ourselves. Our dream became a reality in 2020. We had been asked to come to New Mexico for the winter of 2019-20 and help clear, build an event center. During this time we saved all our money we could with hopes to make a down payment on a vacant piece of land in Minnesota.

But plans changed, we loved the New Mexico winter so much that we started looking for vacant land anywhere in New Mexico. when we came and looked at this piece of land we fell in love right away. The land was secluded, majestic, peaceful, raw, and a perfect place for our dream.. On January 3 2020 our dream started to become a reality. A dream of building a safe space that all are welcome. A place where you can find peace and relaxation (Dependent on mother nature) for a night, week or month, to be able to be yourself without fear of ridicule and judgement.

One of ore requirements when looking at land was that it be secluded, we wanted privacy, no issues with noise. This seclusion became our biggest fear, Will people be willing to travel the 11 miles of washboard dirt roads to be out in the middle of the desert. To test this we decided to try by opening a few sites for campers (at the time the land was untouched, no toilet, really rough road that was hard to get on to get in). To our surprise two days after posting we had a booking, a few days later we had yet another 7 day booking, and they kept coming. So we cleaned, mowed campsites, paths, built easier to travel road, compost toilet, and a communal firepit. This year we are working on finishing the community store front and a shower.

This is our 3rd year of campers. Each year we get more bookings and hope to continue to grow.

Last year we got to the point of opening the land for events. This has been a very scary jump for us. Some of the same questions we asked ourselves about campers. Will people come down these roads for unique event experiences?! The few events we held last year weren’t badly attended, those that did attend seemed to enjoy themselves.

April Fool’s Open Mic will be our first event this year. We have our fingers crossed that attendance will be better than last year.

The Nomad Gathering in the Desert is in May, this will be our first of such an event. The fear and anxiety are high for this one. There are so many questions: Will people show, will they like it, is the cost too high, is it too low, will we be able to cover costs, are we offering enough activities. Many of these are fears all hosts have. But especially for the first event, and at a place that is just starting out. A place many don’t know about, and some have fear that it’s a scam.

We try to ease fears by inviting individuals out, take a tour, talk with us, and hanging out. Come to the April Fool’s Open Mic which is free. We try to be as transparent as we can, it is what it is out here. Roads are passable for any vehicle (if you follow our directions and not GPS). Though the roads are washboards, dips. It’s really not bad for dirt roads, we’ve driven on interstates that are worse (umm I10).

I will cut this here. We wanted to share a little of our story. If you’d like to learn more visit our website, send us a DM, email or comment. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Image is of the new stage!

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Nomad Gathering tickets on sale!

The April Fool’s Open Mic isn’t too far away! Come enjoy a day of music, poetry, comedy much more, vendors and a bonfire. All are welcome to this free event, bring your instruments, comedy, bands. Karaoke is available or bring your own tracks.

BYOB and 420 friendly..

Tickets for the May Nomad Gathering in the Desert can be purchased during the April Fool’s Open Mic at the Plateau Hame De Colquhoun store.

Nomad Gathering is a 3 day event with live music, outdoor movie, talent show, bonfires, meetings and a silent auction.

You can register online or during the April Fool’s Open Mic. We have room for RV, Schoolies, Vans, cars, trucks, campers, tents of all sizes…

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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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Nomad Gathering in the Desert at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun Event Venue

Nomad Gathering in the Desert will be a fun packed weekend of live music from Jer Killinger Singer/Songwriter and J5th & the 77 Riders , Talent show, bonfires and nothing like sitting under the beautiful Desert starry night and watching a movie Off the Map.

Directions and Registration Information can be found on the website.

Don’t forget the April Fool’s Open Mic on April 1st.
We still have openings for vendors and volunteers . Contact us or visit the website for more information.

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Nomad Gathering in the Desert May 19th

Photo Gallery of Plateau Hame De Colquhoun

Nomad Gathering in the Desert will be held at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun an off-grid campground and Event Center. Located down 11 miles of dirt roads, in the middle of the desert on top of the West Mesa with beautiful views of the Rio Grande valley, just 43 miles south of Albuquerque.

A fun packed weekend, music, talent show, games, vendors, bonfires and more!

$20.00 registration, includes one campsite.

If you live in a car, truck, van, RV (Class A, B , C), Tow Trailer, 5th wheel, Schooly, Tiny House, brick and mortar all are welcome!

Register to reserve your spot today!

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