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If you have email service en route, please email us when you leave Santa Fe or Chama so we will know what time to expect you.
(If you bring dogs this is Mandatory as our dogs will scratch your car when you arrive by jumping on it. We will keep our
dogs contained in our yard when you are due to arrive.) We are 2 hours from Santa Fe and Chama. Please do not forget to
email us or we cannot come look for you if you have a problem on the road. This is VERY important. Cellular telephone service
ends when you leave the highway and turn on to Forest Road 151; you will not have cell phone service along the dirt road, nor
at the bridge.
Unlocking and opening the gate at the bridge is extremely simple and intuitively obvious.
We have had hundreds of visitors and they have never had a problem with the gate and its lock. The locking system is easy to understand in "real life," even if these instructions and images may appear complex.
However, you may wish to print out this page and bring the print-out with you if you have any concerns about how to work the locking mechanism.
The locks for the bridge's gate are on the left as one drives up to the gate from Forest Service Road 151. The boom swings towards FS151, away from the bridge, so you will want to park your car away from the gate to leave enough room for the boom to swing open.
|The best way to unlock the gate is by kneeling and looking under the open end.|
|There are four locks in the half-drum (the "lock carriage"): three are keyed locks, and one is a combination lock. We will let you know at the time you reserve Casita or Jacal what the combination number is.|
Spin the lock's tumblers to the correct combination number, squeeze the lock "closed" (the stainless steel half-circle "hook" into the lock's brass body as if you were locking it), and then pull the lock open. If you do not "close" the lock before pulling it open it will not open.
Note how the lock is hanging with the stainless steel hook entering the hole from the top and the right. This is how to replace the lock once you have driven past the gate and have closed it.
|The best place to put the lock after removing it is on top of the lock carriage so that it is not lost.|
|Removing the combination lock will open a hole in the lock carriage.|
|Pivot the retaining pin so that it lines up with the open hole.|
|The retaining pin is now free to be pushed upward ("lifted") into the hole with one hand, while you pull the gate boom toward you with the other hand.|
|The gate is now free to swing open, towards you (towards Forest Road 151, away from the bridge).|
|There is a hook on the post on the right side of the bridge entrance where the boom may be held so that you may drive onto the bridge.|
After driving onto the bridge, closing the gate is simply reversing the process.