Slang name for a group of folks who live West of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos in the sage brush Mesa. Outlaws, misfits, mad max wannabees, big time pot smokers, dready and filthy. Wear old combat boots, lots of tats and face jewelry.
"Those Damn Mesa rats are cleaning their feet in the temple's bathrooms". "I tried to get out of my car to go to the cafe and a mesa rat is trying to bum some pot of me"