Commissioner pushing for better mapping of Pajarito Mesa

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Pajarito Mesa in southwest Bernalillo County is a maze of unmarked, unpaved trails. Now one county commissioner is hoping to better map out those trails in order to help emergency response.

“There are no roads, there’s absolutely no infrastructure, and so emergency response is a challenge,” Commissioner Art De La Cruz said.

About 300 families live in the 28 square miles.

In 2009 to help deputies, firefighters and medics find their way to emergencies the county made a grid of the mesa, giving each home and structure a GPS address. De La Cruz hopes to expand on the work done in 2009 and hopefully create a better map of the trails, perhaps using aerial mapping.

“Ideally we would be able to enhance response time. We don’t want anybody having a heart attack or a kind of medical issue or a house on fire, and we can’t get there soon enough,” De La Cruz told News 13.

De La Cruz doesn’t have an estimate yet on how much the project would cost.

A spokesperson with the Bernalillo County Fire Department said the biggest issue they have on the Pajarito Mesa is that trucks can’t travel quickly on the rough trails. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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