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Old 10-23-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Visiting NM and AZ in between TX and CA

So we are planning to leave San Fran area around Jan 17th this winter, plans are then to be in Louisiana about three and a half weeks later. Would like to stop in south Texas for the weather of course but also looking at NM and AZ on the way. I know there is only limited time and that's alot of ground to cover so would like to spend a few days and would like it to be warm. Thought s welcome...
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So we are planning to leave San Fran area around Jan 17th this winter, plans are then to be in Louisiana about three and a half weeks later. Would like to stop in south Texas for the weather of course but also looking at NM and AZ on the way. I know there is only limited time and that's alot of ground to cover so would like to spend a few days and would like it to be warm. Thought s welcome...
Good morning! Assuming you will be following I-10, the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil show will be around that time. I think it starts around January 31st, but a lot of the vendors arrive several weeks early.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show | Events in Tucson, Arizona

We like to spend a few days in Deming, NM during the winter for rockhounding at the Rockhound State Park. My wife hates snakes, and they usually are sleeping then, but not always!

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/roc...statepark.html

Carlsbad Caverns is another favorite, not too far out of the way.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Good luck, drive safely!

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Tucson has lots to do at that time of the year.
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Yes heard about Carsbad Caverns... anyone make it to Big Bend NP in Texas? Need a few days there?
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Big Bend has a couple campgrounds in the park. If you want full hook ups and a few more amenities, then Lajitas RV Resort just West of the West entrance. You can also visit BB State Park from there...also very nice.
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Little off topic, but if you haven't been to Fredericksburg in the Texas hill country, there are some cool things there. Great WWII museum, LBJ's ranch in the area. Plus a very nice 'Jellystone' park that your kids will love between the two. (It's getting hammered on rvparkreviews for its pricing, but by Cal standards it is phenomenal. Very nicest pool I've ever seen!)
Carlsbad Caverns . . . phenomenal.
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If you are a vet, Fort Davis is really interesting. We camoed in Alpine and took the toad there and the observitory and BB from camp.
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If you want to see the "circus" stop by Quartzsite AZ for a day or so !
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"I know there is only limited time and that's a lot of ground to cover so would like to spend a few days and would like it to be warm."

Keep in mind that starting around Tuson, all the way across southern NM and parts of northern Tx are "high desert" elevations over 3000-4000 ft. Which means, although the days may be sunny and warm, in late Jan its likely some nights may be below freezing. No reason to not enjoy the many interesting stops along this route, just be prepared for dealing with occasional freezing temps at night.
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Tombstone & the shootout at the OK Corral is just east of Tuscon & worth the trip there for a overnight & exploring the town day.
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Without knowing your interests it is really hard to narrow it down. Are you into food? Are you into history? This would help.

And while you can drive your RV over to Carlsbad Caverns, we chose to stay in Anthony, TX which gave us driving access to White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns and other places nearby. We understand from one of the rangers at Carlsbad Caverns that most RV parks in the Carlsbad area are loaded with oil field workers. Something you will encounter in various spots in Texas as well.

I too strongly recommend Fredricksburg. The WWII museum is a must see if you are in the area. Without kids you can easily spend two days there. (We did.) With kids, they will probably be bored after a day. We stayed at Lady Bird Johnson park which was very nice and very reasonable. (It is just south of town.)

If you are going to Southern Texas that will probably include Houston. While I think the Space Center is a waste of money for adults, it does have attractions that may be interesting to kids. (There is just so much that could have been done with this place, but they dumbed it down to an infantile level,) If you go, try to go on a Thursday when a volunteer that used to work at Lockheed gives tours in the space ship exhibit. He is the only redeeming quality to the place.

There are a lot more things to do, but it really depends on your interests.
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yes for sure thanks... I think you actually sold me...
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Speaking of cold, the only time I've experienced my fresh water hose freezing was years ago in late December in Tombstone. Since then, I disconnect it at night and use the fresh water tank when the weather is forecast to be below 32F. Did that about two years ago in Las Cruces but apparently did not turn the faucet completely off. Had an awesome icecicle the next morning.

Lots to see in Houston. We never made it to the Space Center. There's a battleship your kids can explore, among many other things in the coastal area, especially around Kemah. Very nice RV park in New Caney, north of Houston, but it is a drive to the tourist stuff from there.
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We have done Big Bend and Davis Mountain State Park. Both were great places to visit. Staying at state park was very nice.
Benson, AZ is another place with things to visit. Some have already been mentioned. We enjoyed visiting Amerind Museum and Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery Dragoon, AZ.
Bisbee, AZ has a lot of mining things to view.
Las Cruses is nice to visit. Check out Old Mesilla, NM. Good place to stay is Coachlight RV Park. Especially if you have Passport America. Also check out NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
. Some good history on the Rio Grande river as it passes threw this area of NM.
There are lots of places to stop along your route. One year we took US 60 across from AZ to TX. Some great views along this route and is off the beaten path. May not be a good route in January.
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