My thoughts are probably shaded by the fact that I grew up there and understand the environment and resources in the area well. Northern New Mexico is one are where survival locations would be easy to start and maintain. For one the cost of land in most of these areas is below the national average because, well who wants to move TO New Mexico. Second low population density, and adverse terrain make it hard for the bad guys to get to you and easier to secure. The only draw back is water. Water is the axis of life in NM. However in the northern areas it really isn't that hard to come by. There are lakes (manmade and natural), streams, springs, and in areas that require pumps the aquifers are plentiful. The only areas this is not true for are Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Area's like Las Vegas are rural farming land that has for the most part gone fallow. For one reason, water rights for irrigating. But in a SHTF time no one is gonna be checking your irrigation meter. =). The abundance of game in the Jemez mountains for instance is one of the largest herds of elk in the country. The mule deer, whitetail, wild horses, rabbits, fish and, nutrient rich soil make it an ideal area for self sustaining you and your group. Add to this that solar panels and wind generators are particularly productive and you could go off the grid easily. Now many folks on here will first ask "Wait New Mexico is another country right?" These people are idiots and I have no time for them. Others will say "Deer? In the desert?" These people are misguided and should actually do some research. For those of you who don't think that all brown people are some subhuman species, you will be able to see that when everyone was starving to death in Roanoke and Jamestown there were universities, churches, and trade centers throughout NM. Do some research and respond back with other such locations that people may have misconceptions of. For my money NM would be a way better location than WA(where I currently live) if for no other reason than the population density would help ensure I didn't use up all my ammo in the first week keeping the zombies(unprepared) away.