If you come out here on a weekend you will find it full of ATVs, dirt bikes, dune buggies, and generally anyone looking to put their grocery getting, daily driving, lifted for no real reason vehicle in four wheel drive. Like almost everything else it is a matter of convenience. Head into Rio Rancho and once you get to Southern, turn west. Once the pavement ends you have miles of dirt roads that are (for the most part) aren’t patrolled by the law.
Albuquerque’s east mesa is almost completely filled with houses and shopping centers. There are a few patches of empty land but don’t worry, developers are currently drawing up plans for them now.
Meanwhile on the west mesa the land is cheap. And for good reason, look at how trashed it is. Better to fill it up with houses and fast food chains than to let it be filled with trash.
Below is aerial imagery from Google Earth which I used to find locations of illegal dumping.