Security Gates: For enhanced security, Wilderness Cañon features locked vehicle and pedestrian gates, plus a 24/7 Security Patrol (shared by all of High Desert). Currently the gates are locked from 7 pm to 6 am daily. When new construction is complete the gates will be locked 24/7.
Vehicle Gates: One gate allows for vehicle access to Wilderness Cañon. You can program your vehicle or get a remote “clicker”. Residents have a 4-digit code on the entry box for guests, plus a 4-digit code for personal use. This information is available from HOAMCO management company office (505-888-4479).
You should already have a remote “clicker” to activate the mechanism that opens the gates, similar to your garage door opener. Once you pull through, the gate will automatically close behind you.
Also, you should have received a magnetic gate card. This card is coded to send a signal to open the gate when contact is made with the metal entry pads located on the gate control posts at either vehicle gate. Note that you must physically place your card on the metal pad in order to signal the gate to open.
For guest entry, instruct your visitors to scroll down to your name on the phone keypad display, press the “Call” key and wait for you to answer your phone. Once you have identified the caller, you simply press “9” on your phone keypad, which sends a beep signal to open the gates.
IMPORTANT: The vehicle gates operate dozens and dozens of times each day, so some normal wear and tear is inevitable. Should you have problems or difficulties entering a gate, please report the trouble to HOAMCO as soon as possible.
Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to open a gate by force, as this can result in serious and expensive damage to the mechanism. The cost of repairs for such damage normally is taken from the Village’s expense reserve and could, at some point, create the need to increase assessments to our residents.
High Desert is a wonderful place to have pets with myriad walking paths, trails and open spaces to explore with your animals. Of course, all City of Albuquerque ordinances regarding proper restraint and control of animals apply to us as well.
In addition, to keep our unique environment clean and healthy for people and animals alike, our Association has placed a special waste disposal station at the south side of the Trillium park. These waste disposal stations are available throughout the High Desert community.
Nearly $20,000 is budgeted each year by High Desert Homeowners Association to maintain these stations and, unfortunately, to clean up after people who are too lazy or inconsiderate to use them. So, whether in the neighborhood or on the trail, please be courteous to your neighbors and kind to your community and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. It will be appreciated!
Trash & Recycling
Monday is our trash and recycling day here in High Desert. Solid waste pickup is weekly; your containers should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Please do not put them out any earlier than necessary and please remove them from the curb as soon as possible after dumping. When your containers are not in use, High Desert rules require that they be stored in your garage or behind your wall, screened from public view.
Curbside recycling service is also provided every Monday. We are fortunate that Albuquerque accepts a wide range of recyclable items. The website www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/acceptable-materials provides a full list.
Items for curbside recycling should be placed in your blue recycling bin, and that bin should be placed at least 5 feet from your trash can. Again, it should be properly secured so that the contents do not blow around. They don't accept glass, so take that to a recycling convenience center by the Bear Canyon Senior Center or behind the Sonic next to Lowes.
Further information on Albuquerque's trash and recycling programs may be found at the Solid Waste Management Department website at www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/
All property is assessed for tax purposes by the Bernalillo County Assessor as of January 1 of each year.
Around the first of April, you will receive a Notice of Value specifying the dollar value of your lot and home that will be used in calculating that year’s property tax bill. It pays to review this Notice carefully, as you have only a limited amount of time to file a protest if you believe your property has been assessed incorrectly.
Additionally, many residents overlook the exemptions to which they may be entitled. Every New Mexico resident is allowed a $2000 “Head of Family” exemption on their primary residence and Veterans may qualify for an additional exemption of up to $4000. These exemptions are not automatic, however. You must complete the form included on the Notice of Value and return it by the date specified to receive these exemptions for the current year. (After the first year, they will continue to appear until ownership changes.)
Property assessments and tax bills are a matter of public record. If you’re interested in knowing how your assessment compares to that of your neighbors, go to the Bernalillo County website at www.bernco.gov/ and select "Search Records" under the "Residents" menu then click on “Property Records Search."
Under the By-laws of the High Desert Residential Owners Association, the Board of Directors is responsible for all policy, financial and administrative decisions affecting the High Desert community, including your Village. Board members are elected by Voting Members, who in turn are elected by the residents of each of the Villages on the basis of one Voting Member for each fifty homes, rounded up to the nearest fifty. Our elections are held in August of odd-numbered years and all terms are for two years. Any Owner or spouse of an Owner is eligible to run.
Service as a Voting Member is a great way to contribute to your community and help your neighbors. If you think that you might be interested or would like more information, please see the Voting Member Information Sheet under the “Documents” tab on the main HDROA website.