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Old 05-12-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Valley of fires State Park NM

Highway 380 from Roswell to Carrizozo NM according to a Mountain Guide book I have says that the Highway is " mediocre ". Anybody been there ? How did you find them to be?

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I don't have a clue what their term "mediocre" means. However, US 380 is a typical two lane rural highway. It's in good condition and goes through some interesting country. If you take it, plan a brief stop in Lincoln, NM. At one time, shortly after the end of the civil war, this was considered one of the most violent counties in the US as a war (the Lincoln County War) between two merchants competing for lucrative army supply contracts proceeded to shoot it out. The wild west at its wildest!

US 380 continues west of Carrizozo until it ends when it merges with I-25 at San Antonio, NM.

We've driven our rig on this highway with no problem and enjoyed the ride.
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Thank you for the quick and informative response. Here is what this guide had to say about 380, however I will go by what you said.

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Highway 380 from Roswell to Carrizozo NM according to a Mountain Guide book I have says that the Highway is " mediocre ". Anybody been there ? How did you find them to be?
Cliff,

We spent 2 nights in Roswell back in early '08, then took US-380 west over to I-25. No problems with the road, mediocre probably means you not going to go very fast. But it was a nice scenic ride and I would not hesitate to drive it again. Stop and say hello to Smokey when you go by. We could see RV's at the Valley of Fire when we drove by. Looks like a nice place to spend some time.

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Hi Cliff,
You perplexed me when you said, "Valley of Fire, NM." I am familiar with the "Valley of Fire" Nevada. It was very picturesque. I'll be looking for your narrative on the New Mexico one.

We stayed in Las Vegas and took a day trip through the Valley of Fire State Park, NV, and at the end we turned right and it took us a few miles down across the Hoover dam. It was a nice ride day.

We took I-15 to "Valley Of Fire Highway," then Northshore Rd down along Lake Meade and a few signs later we were at the Hoover Dam on Hwy 93.

I think that is doable in the reverse in the MH, but we were in the TOAD. There was one steep grade right there at the Hoover Dam but now they have that new crossing and some of that has been cut out.

Happy trails.
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Hi Cliff,
You perplexed me when you said, "Valley of Fire, NM." I am familiar with the "Valley of Fire" Nevada. It was very picturesque. I'll be looking for your narrative on the New Mexico one.

We stayed in Las Vegas and took a day trip through the Valley of Fire State Park, NV, and at the end we turned right and it took us a few miles down across the Hoover dam. It was a nice ride day.

We took I-15 to "Valley Of Fire Highway," then Northshore Rd down along Lake Meade and a few signs later we were at the Hoover Dam on Hwy 93.

I think that is doable in the reverse in the MH, but we were in the TOAD. There was one steep grade right there at the Hoover Dam but now they have that new crossing and some of that has been cut out.

Happy trails.
It's a pleasure to perplex you Wayne. I'll let you know if we get there.
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I'm glad to have you and Dunner for friends - who need enemies with friends like ya'll.

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I'm glad to have you and Dunner for friends - who need enemies with friends like ya'll.

Hee hee!
Dunner's going to have to google friends. I don't think he knows that word.
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Roflmao!!
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I don't have a clue what their term "mediocre" means. However, US 380 is a typical two lane rural highway. It's in good condition and goes through some interesting country. If you take it, plan a brief stop in Lincoln, NM. At one time, shortly after the end of the civil war, this was considered one of the most violent counties in the US as a war (the Lincoln County War) between two merchants competing for lucrative army supply contracts proceeded to shoot it out. The wild west at its wildest!

US 380 continues west of Carrizozo until it ends when it merges with I-25 at San Antonio, NM.

We've driven our rig on this highway with no problem and enjoyed the ride.
Don't forget Pat Garrett and Wm Bounty (Billy theKid) were primary characters in the area.
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It's a pleasure to perplex you Wayne. I'll let you know if we get there.
Hey Wayne. Here is some info on the Valley of Fires St Pk.

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It's an area 45 miles long and 5 miles wide and 45 deep Lava. The lave came up through the ground and covered this area. The camp ground looked very nice and the rest rooms were clean. We drove their in the toad and we also went to Whitesands Natl Monument today as well ( 325 miles ). That was incredible.

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And finally we saw the Smokey the Bear Historical Park. The highlight of the day.

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Thanks.
Been to White Sands. Quite the trip walking in that "stuff."

I think we are taking a more "northern" route up through Durango, then over to St. George, UT, then to LV.
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Been to White Sands. Quite the trip walking in that "stuff."

I think we are taking a more "northern" route up through Durango, then over to St. George, UT, then to LV.
I'm right behind you ,do don't stop short. Santa Fe , Chama , Durango ( area ) Goulding Ut, Grand Canyon , Page Az , Zion , Bryce , Moab.
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Decided on Kirtland, NM, Page, AZ, Leeds, UT, Las Vegas, NV.

Don't know what the wind is going to do for those planned stops. In Kirtland right now. Winds projected to gust to 60 mph tomorrow.

What to do, eh?
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