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Old 11-13-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Favorites along I40 between ALBQ and Flagstaff

when headed to Phoenix each Feb we like to drive to Amarillo first night staying at Oasis but from there on west I would like something new. We have stayed in Gallop at USA RV which is very nice but near end of local airport runway and train track thus a little noisy. I suspect train noise is pretty much a given along I40, but I would be interested in others findings. Anyone stayed at Meteor Crater RV park near Winslow, AZ? Bill
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Hi Bill, we rode through the Metor crator rv park, very nice! nothing around there other than the crator, very nice park.
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For February you might want to consider dropping down and taking I-10 across. Between Albuquerque and Flagstaff you could run into bad weather. I-40 was closed for us at the end of April one year because of a blizzard. Limped to a truck stop and stayed 1-1/2 days until it was opened. Plus, I-10 will give you different places to stop! Have a good trip.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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We are at our favorite stop as I write this. Sky City Casino in Acoma,NM, 66 miles west of Albuquerque. 42 site, full hkups, cable tv, and great wifi. All pull through sites, $19.80 per day with Good Sam discount. Very quite, or can dry camp in large gravel lot.
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We haven't stayed there, but a good friend came out west last summer to travel with us and said the park is very nice. As a matter of fact, she made it a point to stay there on her way back to TX.

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For February you might want to consider dropping down and taking I-10 across. Between Albuquerque and Flagstaff you could run into bad weather. I-40 was closed for us at the end of April one year because of a blizzard. Limped to a truck stop and stayed 1-1/2 days until it was opened. Plus, I-10 will give you different places to stop! Have a good trip.
Yep, I watch the weather close. last year not close enough, When about to leave Phoenix I watched weather for Gallop and Flaggstaff but not Amarillo. 40 was closed at ALBQ and I ended up routing five hours down to La Cruces onto 10 then east. I do not like 10 because of loop around DFW and I do not like driving thru El Paso. Also RV park vacancy from Midland to Pecos is difficult due to rise in oilfield work. Small WM in Pecos is very busy and you better get there early if wanting a place to overnight. Big FJ but I do not find it extremely RV friendly by truckers. Like you point out, weather is big factor on 40.
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Hi Bill, we rode through the Metor crator rv park, very nice! nothing around there other than the crator, very nice park.
I think this a real option and within a days drive of Oasis. You remember if they had long pull thrus?
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Yep, I watch the weather close. last year not close enough, When about to leave Phoenix I watched weather for Gallop and Flaggstaff but not Amarillo. 40 was closed at ALBQ and I ended up routing five hours down to La Cruces onto 10 then east. I do not like 10 because of loop around DFW and I do not like driving thru El Paso. Also RV park vacancy from Midland to Pecos is difficult due to rise in oilfield work. Small WM in Pecos is very busy and you better get there early if wanting a place to overnight. Big FJ but I do not find it extremely RV friendly by truckers. Like you point out, weather is big factor on 40.
I hated The I-10 thru El-Paso until a friend told me how to do it. When nearing El-Paso be in the right lane. Stay in your lane no matter what. Additional lanes will be coming in from your right and at one point you will be in the 3rd lane from the right. Stay there. As you are leaving El-Paso those right lanes will start dropping away and you will be in the right lane when I-10 becomes 2 lane again. No lane changes, no hassle.
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We head to ALB and points west at least once a year. This past summer we stayed in Santa Rosa, NM at the Santa Rosa Campground and RV Park. The park is large with pull thru sites. The park is nice, nothing fancy. I didn't use the laundry as we have a washer/dryer combo. It is easy to get to off of I40. It is located on old highway 66.

We also have eaten several times at Joseph's Bar & Grill. I'm not sure why it is called a bar and grill. I know they serve beer as my husband has ordered it with his meals but I don't remember ever seeing a bar. Anyway, the food is really good, especially the chili rellenos.

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The KOA in Holbrook, AZ is basic and clean. We had to stay there for two weeks last year as I had the flu. Although the Interstate is close by, the noise didn't bother us much. The RR tracks are about 2 miles to the south, so the noise from them was minor. Petrified Forest NP is nearby, and you can drive through the park at a fair pace in 3-4 hours. Well worth a visit, IMO.
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We stayed at Homolovi Ruins SP near Winslow last March. Easy on and off from I-40. There is some cool stuff to see in the park, and the Little Painted Desert is about 10 miles north, and Three Mesas about 90 miles north. Nice large sites (some pull thru) with 50 amp and water, although the water will be turned off in Feb.Nice bath house with huge showers.
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There are easy ways around El Paso and Dallas that we have taken many times...and you could plan on stopping before Midland or Pecos if you have problems with those areas......just a thought.
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We have stayed at Sky City numerous times. We pass bye on way to the Balloon Fiesta. The first time it was brand new and was in great shape. Latter times it has gone down hill. The weeds in the islands were waist high in Oct 2012. You use to check in at the CG, then they moved it to fuel dock, and then to the hotel. This year we didn't bother to stop.

Edit: Nice restrooms and shuttle to casino.
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I think this a real option and within a days drive of Oasis. You remember if they had long pull thrus?

I stayed there on a trip back from Las Vegas and if I remember right all of their sites were pull through. Very nice desert park (rocks and gravel) and it had a Subway sandwich shop at the office.

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