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Nov 6, 2002, 11:53 PM
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Enchanted Tower road access
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Enchanted Tower Access at Issue
The road that accesses the Enchanted Tower near Datil, New Mexico, crosses private land through the Cleaveland Ranch. The landowners have installed a locked gate on this road and are denying access to hunters due to problems they have had with this user group. They are currently allowing climbers access through the ranch and have provided the combination for the gate to NM CRAG, the local climber's organization. The ranchers have recently complained that there continue to be a few individuals that are driving too fast on the road and arriving late at night. Excessive speeds on the dirt road lead to washboarding and increased maintenance costs for the ranch and late night headlights in their bedroom window disturb the otherwise peaceful nature of their rural lifestyle. There is a real possibility that climbers could be locked out just like the hunters unless we abide by these few simple rules. Please do your best and spread the word to fellow climbers.

Access to the Enchanted Tower from the east is generously provided by the Cleaveland Ranch and can be revoked at any time.
The landowners have requested that visitors refrain from driving past the ranch after dark.
If you arrive after dark, please camp at Datil Well Campground approximately 5 miles east on Hwy 60 and drive into the canyon the next morning.
Remember to drive slow – 15 MPH Max – through the ranch.
— Bryan Pletta, Access Fund Regional Coordinator (505)341-2016,

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