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Old 08-25-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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Jan,Feb, Mar in SW

Here it is August and we are plotting to be somewhere warm this winter. I just retired so haven't traveled enough in various places to yet pick a favorite winter roost so our plan is to leave VA right after Christmas, head to Texas Hill County and see San Antonio, then keep moving thru TX, NM, AZ and NV. At this point we would plan to stay for brief periods in various places, then move on to another.

So, will those areas be so saturated with snowbirds that I must make advance reservations or will we likely be able to wing it a bit and find RV sites along the way? Other than TX around San Antonio, the only other places we have on our list as 'really want to visit' are Tombstone, Lake Havasu area, Las Vegas (just to see it once), Hoover Dam. I am sure we will discover others but those are in our minds at this time.
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You listed some neat places: I add a few:: Sedona , Jerome , Grand Canyon, stay at Kingman and drive toad over to Oatman. Kinda tight for a large coach. Unless you go to Oatman from the west Quartzsite in late January. Large RV show.

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You won't need reservations if you don't plan to spend a long period of time at each place, i.e. a month or so.

January and February will still be cool at higher elevations so don't expect to lounge in your bikini! March starts warming up nicely in the SW. Be aware of your elevations.

For Jan and Feb you probably don't want to get higher than 4,000' EL. For New Mexico that means not to venture too far north of I-10. New Mexico will be colder than Arizona.

For Arizona good areas for Jan/Feb are no farther north than the Phoenix area and then over to Yuma and up to Havasu City.

Nevada will be cool also in Jan/Feb.

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2X, on twogypsies, post. Nevada cold in Jan/Feb , Leave that area and the Grand Canyon till March. Most parks in AZ, will have room for a short stay, but those are the expensive stays , you wont get a rate break till you stay, one to, two weeks.
I'm booked in for my 7th season in the S.CA, AZ area, and I've seen 4 straight nights of frost in Jan. info the Phoenix visitors bureau tries to suppress. So don't leave all your coats at home.

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Thanks for the tips. On this first 'winter' trip, we would not plan to stay in any one place more than a week or so since we want to see a lot of places.

We've done the Grand Canyon thing so not interested in going back. We did do a day trip from Flagstaff to Sedona but DW wants to go back to Sedona.

I hear you on the elevations. We have been asked to consider work camping at an RV park in Tombstone this winter but at 4,600 Ft?, I don't think that sounds like a consistently warm place. We do plan to stop there for at least a few days to see if that might be something we would consider in the future.

We may also spend more time exploring places in TX south of San Antonio.
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We've wintered in the Escapees park in Benson for quite a few years. The weather was just fine for us at 3600' EL but then, we're from Michigan. Being in the area we've gone down Tombstone way quite often (geocaching, 4-wheeling, hiking) and found that it is much colder and windier down there, especially in Jan/Feb.
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I have had my water hose freeze in Tombstone overnight in March and had snow on the RV and toad in the morning in NM. Like others have said it all depends on the elevation. Don't worry about these overnight chills though, as once the sun is up, everything thaws pretty quick.
I would not worry about reservations, as over the last two years my wife and I have gone to the SW and have never had a problem getting a place to stay, and we have never reserved a place. We even use Passport America during those times at places, as well as some boondocking, which there is a lot of in the SW.
The Coachella valley in California is also nice place to visit in the winter. Lots of areas to do day trips and lots of interesting things to see. From this area you can go over the Santa Rosa mountains with some of my favourite scenic drives.
Sounds like your well on your way to enjoy your retirement and see what great sites the US has to offer.
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You really should consider boondocking/dispersed camping on BLM and Forest Service lands in SW NM and SE Arizona. Everyone seems to go to SW Arizona and it can get crowded. Great hiking, mountain biking, Indian ruins, wildlife, etc - and no one else around.
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Big Bend national Park is a great place to visit. I stay on the west side, just out of the park, at the Big Bend Rv Motel/Park in Study Butte.

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