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Age: 55-65

Member since April 2012

Love to camp, don't get to do it enough, that's the problem with working full time!

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Location: Albuquerque, NM
Life vocation: Artist
How I make a living: Registered Nurse
Why do I want to boondock? The less traveled path, wide open spaces, and of course, to make my camping funds go further!

Skills & Expertise to Share

Don't know how to repair your rig, but I'll keep you company while you wait for the repair truck.<emoji>

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Looking forward to finding this out.

thornyrrose's Guest Details

thornyrrose's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

19 feet long

2017 Sprinter cargo van. Dark bluish grey, currently bare, will grow inwardly over the next few years as funds allow. Nicknamed "Baby Whale."

thornyrrose's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets

thornyrrose's References (36)

References from Guests (35)


July 2021

Another great visit!

This was our second stay at Albuquerque Turkey and it was just as good as last time. Easy to find, walking distance to just about anything you need and a good nights sleep. It is close to a busy road but the noise dies down overnight. We also had to work and had no issues with internet connection.


June 2021

Positive experience

We camped in this driveway and, although the main street is very close and we had our windows open, it did get quiet after 11 or so. The host was very easy going, friendly, and good at communicating. Would stay again here.


May 2021

Flat and easy/convenient access

Host was easy to communicate with and accommodating to our arrival time. Easy access to the highway and local amenities.

We would stay here again if passing through the area.


May 2021

Flexible and Kind

Flexible and kind is how I describe thornyrrose. Nothing went to plan on the original date of our arrival, and she was so flexible and kind. Due to her work schedule and our travel schedule we didn't spend a lot of time together. But we are so appreciative.
This location is off a busy road, which doesn't bother us. This is more of an urban type boondocking experience. And I LOVE how close to everything we are. There is shopping and restaurants at this exit (161) and the one after (162) off 40.
We did the self guided tour of all the Breaking Bad sites (there is even a local RV tour where they take you around in a replica of Walt's RV). We ate lunch at El Pinto and would totally recommend that as well!
If you want to be centrally located and close to Route 66...this is your place.
We'll be back because there's more to explore.


April 2021

Such a handy location for sightseeing in Albuq

We sure enjoyed RV stories and viewing thornyrrose's rig. What a great location near the E/W and N/S intersection of the interstate highways. Every major attraction is near. Thank you for being our host.


March 2021

Very good location

A very nice host awaits you. We were able to stay for 3 nights. Relatively easy access to what you want to see in ABQ. We even took the drive past Jemez Pueblo into the Los Alamos mountains to Santa Fe.


November 2020

Great city stopover

My host was so welcoming to me and my pups.
Got a great night's sleep. Neighborhood is close to restaurants and shopping. Highly recommend!


October 2020

Restful night

It was a pleasure to meet Thornyrose and talk about van life. She gave good advice on what to see in Albuquerque. And her driveway provided a safe and peaceful night.


May 2020

Convenient location

Great communication, convenient location.


March 2020

Conveniently located

Thornyrose is a delightful host, concerned for the comfort of the guest. The conversation was wonderful, suggesting places to visit for those unfamiliar with Albuguerque. As a bonus, a few tips for improved health were suggested.


October 2019

Balloon Fiesta 2019

We stayed in Thornyrose's driveway for two nights and it made simple logistics to take short uber to the park-n-ride lot at Coronado .

We were so impressed that she gave her parking spot to complete strangers! What a heart.


August 2019

Convenient location, sweet host

We weren't ever able to connect with our host in person as we came in late, but thornyrose was very kind to us! She gave us a great spot in the driveway moving her own vehicle, and was very understanding of our late arrival. Wish we could have given our thanks in person!


May 2019

Convenient location in ABQ

Had a pleasant stay here at thornyrrose's despite having difficulty getting our rig into her driveway due to the slope and our low hitch, we ended up parked on the street and had no issues. Levelling blocks advisable if your rig isn't self levelling. There is a bit of road noise which quieted down as the night went on. Walking distance to a grocery store. Convenient to freeway as well.


May 2019


Great for a small space. We were comfortable!


March 2019

Great stay

Thornyrose was very nice and welcoming. We ended up not being able to park in the driveway. Our rig sits pretty low and has a bar protecting the tank drain. The drain started to drag on the driveway as there was a slight incline from the street. She was kind enough to move her van so we could just stay on the street. Aside from the one small issue, it was a good night

A former member

December 2018

Great spot

Right off a main road. Very convenient spot. Thank you.


June 2018

Nice stay

Very helpful host.


May 2018

Friendly host

Very friendly host, but the position of the site (very close to a busy road) does not support a good sleep at night. Rena gave us good advise for visiting part of Albuquerque. Understand that she cannot eliminate the heavy traffic noises. Alternatively we can’t understand one of the other references reporting: quiet neighborhood.


April 2018


It was such a pleasure to be hosted by Thornyrrose. Not only was she very nice & easy to talk to, but when my transmission died she helped me in every way that she could, most importantly letting me stay in her driveway for not the scheduled one, but EIGHT nights in a row. Knowing that I had a place to park & stay while waiting for my van to get fixed was such a blessing.
The location is within walking distance of a grocery store, two parks, & a great brewery. Very easy drive to downtown (when your transmission works).
Highly recommend!!


April 2018

Quiet spot

Friendly host, quiet neighborhood

A former member

April 2018

Perfectly fine

We spent one night in the driveway and had a good sleep in the middle of Alburquerque. Didn’t get the chance to meet up with thornyrrose but it was ok since we came late and left early. Thanks again for your spot :-)

In my Element

February 2018


It was fantastic.


December 2017

Wonderful Host

The Thornyrose is a perfect place to stay inside the city of Albuquerque. Close to everything, pretty quiet, especially for the city, safe, and the host is extremely kind and very communicative and helpful. I highly recommend and am very thankful for the blessing.


December 2017

Pleasant host and parking spot.

Thornyrrose is a very pleasant host and the driveway parking spot is flat. The urban location has many amenities nearby.


April 2017

Great urban location

This a terrific site set in Albuquerque, convenient for some site seeing. Our host is a very nice person who gave us a ton of ideas for our visit in the region. Our 25 ft motor home fit perfectly in the driveway.
Please be aware that this is an urban location so some background noise will be present during the night. However this did not bother us at all.
Overall a nice comfortable stay. Thank you for the hospitality and great communication.


March 2017

Easy overnight

I stayed with Thornyrose for a single night in March. She responded quickly and positively. Her situation was exactly as described. She greeted me upon arrival, offering me either the driveway or the street, and even invited me to a public event happening nearby. Because I'm used to living in rural areas, and her home is very near a major artery in Albuquerque, I decided to stay just a single night. Other than typical city noise which was bothersome to me, it was a very positive experience. Thank you, Thornyrose ~


March 2017

Amazing host!

We stayed with Thornyrrose in March 2017 and she made our boondocking so wonderful. She was informative, kind, thoughtful, and flexible. She has also hosted numerous times and that expertise was very helpful in figuring out the best parking and visit arrangements. We highly recommend her as a host. Thanks, Thornyrrose!!


November 2016

Great Stay!

We stayed here a month ago, Oct. 2016, during the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, and found it very comfortable and convenient for all things. It was an easy drive to the Sandia Peak Tramway (we didn't take the tram - way too crowded - but we did hike on the trails), very quick and easy drive to the shopping center for the Balloon Fiesta shuttle, and a fairly easy drive to Old Town. Thornyrrose very kindly parked on the street so we could park in her driveway for a couple of nights. Unfortunately, between her work schedule and our up and out early for the Fiesta activities, and home late after more Fiesta activities, we met and spoke with her only briefly as she went to work one mornings. But through our email correspondence, she was very helpful and friendly.


October 2016

Wonderful stay.

Stayed with Thornyrrose during the Albuquerque Ballon Festival. She was very knowledgeable about things to do and places to eat in her area. We had plenty of room for our 23ft camper van in her driveway. We really enjoyed talking with her about traveling.


September 2016


We had a lovely time staying at Thorny Roses place. She was as nice as could be and we couldn't have asked for a better host.

Larry Dean Jackson

August 2016


Had an awesome stop at thoryrose's in Albuquerque. Great host. Very fast in communication. Extremely friendly. Would love to stop by again.

Adventurous Dan

April 2016


The response time was exceptional, the host is exceptional, the location is exceptional what more cam I say except I had an exceptional time.
Thank you.


April 2016

Great visit in ABQ

We enjoyed the close to everything location whole staying with Thornyrose in ABQ. We got some great tips on places to camp nearby from our gracious host as well. Thanks, see you again!


April 2015

Great Location and Fabulous Host

We had so much fun getting to know Thornyrrose, who made us feel immediately welcome and, at the same time, free to do our own thing and come and go as we pleased. The location is central, with easy access to lots of shopping as well as the Interstates Highways. Than you for the outstanding hospitality and two peaceful nights!


November 2013

Central location in Albuquerque

Quiet neighborhood. Easy to locate and very easy to get to the Balloon Fiesta from here. An actual neighborhood where I could take my dogs for a walk in the morning. Nice host too.

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May 2018

Great communication with host, safe little street!

We were only at Rena’s location for one night, but felt very safe and right in the city!
Rena was easy to communicate with, would have loved to have met her but we were in late and out again early the next morning!