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Old 02-09-2015, 10:51 PM   #29
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We stayed at Kodachrome Basin SP last Oct. It is about 20 mi from Bryce, and you can actually see the cliffs of Bryce from the front entrance. It is quiet and a few miles (paved) off of Hwy 12. They have 8 - 10 sites with full hookups and 50A service. I highly recommend it as a base to work from. Made it to Bryce and Cedar Breaks. Could have made it to Capital Reef but decided for a down day to enjoy the local surroundings. Hwy 12 and the Red Canyon area are amazing themselves. These are from the campsite.
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Jeep Rental?

Which stop in Utah (Bryce/Zion area or Moab area) would be the best for renting a Jeep for a day or so? Also would I be able to rent something in October and what company would you recommend?
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Rent in Moab. It's awesome for 4-wheeling!! October would be perfect.
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Campground Between Albuquerque and Carlsbad

I need to find a campground between Albuquerque and Carlsbad. I will be in the Premium section at the Balloon Fiesta which has power but no sewer or dump station. I don't know how the traffic will be trying to get out on the last day, so I want to be prepared in case it takes a long time. Obviously I will need full hookups. Looking at RVParkReviews there wasn't a lot of options. I would like it to be around an 100 miles from Albuquerque if possible.
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A 156 miles south on US380 is Valley of Fire Rec Area, a BLM park $9/$18. Not full hookup but has dump station power and water. Huge restrooms with great showers. The park sits on top of lava beds. In Carrizozo is Roy's Malt shop (right out of the 30s/40s). Down the road is the Smokey Bear museum, Fort Stanton, and then Lincoln Co museums (Billy the Kid) a nice 2 lane road to Roswell.


http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/rec..._of_fires.html


http://www.roysicecreamparlour.com/ ...... http://www.lincolncountynm.org/


http://www.smokeybearpark.com/........ http://nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln
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How about 100 miles from Carlsbad. There are 3 campgrounds in Roswell. Alb"que to Roswell is 220 miles, 3.5 hours.... Roswell to caverns is 110 miles, 2.5 hours.

When we left the balloon festival, we had no problem getting out and on the highway. We were in the gravel parking area, next to the entrance. The preferred area may now be across the street..??? But you exit to the same street, "easy on ' to I40 East, to hwy 285 south. then hwy 180 out of Carlsbad, to Nat'l Park.
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Valley of Fire would be an ideal stop at that time of year - very pretty.

From the Balloon Fiesta you'd head south on I-25 to Hwy 380 toward Carrizozo.

When you leave Valley of Fire continue east on 380 to Roswell and take 285 south to Carlsbad.

If you need vehicle fuel you might want to pick it on I-25. The roads are very good for RVs. Have a great trip!
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Man, I never even thought about Valley of Fires. I have been there a couple times and seen it from the top of Sierra blanca. It appears to have some very decent RV sites, looking at it on Google Earth.

If you are going south to 380, and not in too much of a hurry, a detour through Ruidoso and/or Cloud Croft would be a nice plan.
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Is there a dump station at Valley of Fires?
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Is there a dump station at Valley of Fires?
Yes! There is a link in my above post of fees and amenities.
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Yes! There is a link in my above post of fees and amenities.
Great - this will be my spot between Albuquerque and Carlsbad.
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Great trip. We did some of it last year.

One of our few regrets was not spending enough time in southern Utah. Bryce and Zion are great but there are so many other parks. It's on the list for a return trip.

We lucky enough to have spots up on the hill overlooking the field at the Balloon Fiesta. No hookups but incredible views. We'd get up real early, make coffee and go sit on the edge in blankets. We loved it and will probably go again, but we all (Four of us in two coaches) that we didn't need to be there for more than 3-4 days.

FWIW, we stayed in Santa Fe Skies, but that may not be on your route. Also stayed in Williams at the Railroad Park and did the train one day. Carlsbad didn't really light our fire, but you have to tick it off.

Thanks for this thread - lots of ideas for out future trips.
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About the tunnel in Zion. You should be able to go thru with your motorhome. You have to buy a "pass", and then they will stop traffic coming from the other way, and you will go thru "uninterrupted", right down the center of the road. There are openings in the wall to look out, but the driver will not have a lot of time to do so.unless you stop. That would increase the time you take, keeping the other people waiting. Rangers may tell you, "no stopping".
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We stayed at Bryce pines campground just outside Bryce. . Drove to park"s shuttle "lot", and did the shuttle the entire morning. {shuttle only did half the park}.. went home for lunch, emptied the dogs, and spent the entire afternoon driving the second half. Would have been better if we spent one day on the shuttle route, and second day driving. But 2 days would do it.
We were not impressed with Canyonlands, spent the whole day driving from one scenic spot, to another. Way too much driving time, it is so expansive.
Capital Reef was a favorite. The park is dry camping, but the orchards are "Free to pick". and deer walk among you. not afraid. and a nice "country store", Side drives to "washes" and such were exciting. From there, down route 12, as I mentioned "double exciting", to Escalante state park, petrified trees on nice hike up the trail. then to Kodachrome, really nice drive, pleasant, nice sights. Can't wait to return.
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