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Old 01-20-2015, 10:07 PM   #15
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Rex Allen museum in Wilcox on I-10 east of Tucson.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:54 PM   #16
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How can I bypass El Paso and pick Up I-10 West without adding a lot of miles? I am planning a trip to the San Diego in April.

I don't know the exit number but you can pick up the 375 loop towards the east side of El Paso. This takes you the north side of El Paso through Ft Bliss. Then north on hwy 54 to hwy 3255 to NM 404. This brings you back to I-10 north of Antony, TX.

You could stay on 375 to I-10 but it is a pretty steep grade across that mountain.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:49 AM   #17
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This is a great place for an overnight stay on I-10.

Balmorhea State Park — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

It's about 5 miles from the freeway so no traffic or train noise. There is very little artificial light so lots of stars to see. If you get there early enough on a warm day, a swim in the spring fed pool is great. I stayed at about 8 Texas State Parks last winter and they were all great. Check them out during your trip through Texas.

Don't miss Kartchner Caverns outside Benson, AZ.

Arizona State Parks: Kartchner Caverns: Home

The caves a smaller than Carlsbad but much better preserved. There's a nice campground there as well. We stayed two nights at the campground. We took the cave tour in the morning and then went to Ft Huachuca Museum in the afternoon. The museum is in the old, well preserved part of the fort and very interesting. The web site says it will be closed for renovation for part of 2015.

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This is another state park I liked as an alternative to staying in Las Cruces. It's a bit of a drive off the freeway, so most people don't go there. I don't like listening to traffic and train noise all night (Las Cruces id particularly bad) so I don't mind driving away from the freeway for 20 minutes for a quiet place with a nice view.

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I have been reading this thread with great interest. We are planning to leave Minnesota in mid Feb. and our destination is Phoenix. We want to go through Oklahoma City but from there we are flexible. From there I am thinking of I44 down to Wichita Falls but from there I need ideas. We would like to stop at Carlsbad to see the caves, but don't know how the highways are from Wichita Falls to there, and then what highways to take to Phoenix.

I do like to take secondary roads and see America when I can, but not if they're too rough or crowded.

Once we get to Phoenix we will stay there a while and take day trips with the toad.
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I have been reading this thread with great interest. We are planning to leave Minnesota in mid Feb. and our destination is Phoenix. We want to go through Oklahoma City but from there we are flexible. From there I am thinking of I44 down to Wichita Falls but from there I need ideas. We would like to stop at Carlsbad to see the caves, but don't know how the highways are from Wichita Falls to there, and then what highways to take to Phoenix.

I do like to take secondary roads and see America when I can, but not if they're too rough or crowded.

Once we get to Phoenix we will stay there a while and take day trips with the toad.
If you don't like the route I posted above, go south out of Wichita Falls to Weatherford. There is a really pretty church on a hill and you can follow any of a lot of state highways west.
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We would like to stop at Carlsbad to see the caves, but don't know how the highways are from Wichita Falls to there, and then what highways to take to Phoenix.
From Carlsbad Caverns, take I-10 west to the Arizona border and pick up Hwy 70 at Lordsburg. Roper Lake State Park in Safford, AZ makes a nice stop.

Continue on AZ 70 to Globe and then Hwy 60 west into Apache Junction and the greater Phoenix area.

Lost Dutchman State Park at Apache Junction is awesome as is the various Maricopa County Parks. They're all in beautiful surroundings and are good for big rigs.

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If you are interested in old Aircraft the Pima Museum is good but the old military storage area at DM AFB is even more amazing. They did do a public tour at one time not sure if they still do but some of the thousands old planes can be seen from the freeway. Also there is a Titan missle silo that does tours a few miles south of the city that's interesting.
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If you don't like the route I posted above, go south out of Wichita Falls to Weatherford. There is a really pretty church on a hill and you can follow any of a lot of state highways west.
I do like the route you posted. What I am asking is if the highway is suitable for a big rig with a toad. I drove the route through Alamogordo many years ago and it was pretty good. Has it changed?
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I have a son at Fort Sill and want to stop in there. From there to Wichita Falls and then through Lubbock and down to Carlsbad. From Carlsbad we go north to Artesia and through Alamogordo and then either to Tuscon or Phoenix itself.

How does that sound?
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I have a son at Fort Sill and want to stop in there. From there to Wichita Falls and then through Lubbock and down to Carlsbad. From Carlsbad we go north to Artesia and through Alamogordo and then either to Tuscon or Phoenix itself.

How does that sound?

Either route will be on US highways that are well maintained. It has been a couple of years since I took 180 but it was in excellent shape. It has been several years since I did the Lubbock to Artesia route. Both would be good choices for the rig you are driving although the 16 miles from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo are steep and there is one hairpin curve.

If you are going to Artesia, you could also go up to Roswell and take 380 west to Socorro, NM and then 60 west.

As far as which road is the easiest drive, I don't think there is much difference. I wouldn't hesitate to drive any of them. Check the state DOT sites for construction.

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Hey, I was born in Mankato.

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Woohooo, our first winter excursion after years and years of RVing. Leaving in two weeks, and have reservations in Tucson for a month. Everything else is " flexible".

Thinking about getting as far south ( warmer) as fast as we can, hence take southern route Dallas to El Paso. I-40 to Flagstaff can get blizzards this time of year.

But that is why am posting..........please share your thoughts and experiences. Things to do, routes to take, " don't miss this" - "you must eat at". And maybe some things to be aware of and avoid.

Thanks in advance for sharing. So many wonder people with boat loads of good information is why I read this site so often
Lots of good suggestions have been made including White Sands National Monument. I've written about that on my blog and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park where I stayed when I passed thru and I've included photos. Here is the link: RussOnTheRoad.


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