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Old 04-23-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Alamogordo, NM to I-10 West

Hi, We are currently working our way west. And when we leave Alamogordo, NM, what is the best way to get to Tucson, AZ? We are pulling a 39' 5th wheel. Are there any major grades we needs to be aware of? We are currently in San Antonio, TX and will be in Carlsbad in 2 weeks, then Alamogordo, NM, then to Tucson, AZ. Thank you for any help.


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Old 04-23-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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US 70 over to Las Cruces. The only problem is they may block the road for an hour or so if they happen to be firing a missle, and a small hill about 1400 ft just before you get to Las Cruces. Stop by the White Sands National Monument, very interesting.

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Thank you very much. White Sands is one of my highlights that I am very excited to see.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:50 AM   #4
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We just did a somewhat similar drive. From Carlsbad we jumped North to Roswell and then across 70 to Alamogordo (its a bit of an easier drive than 82) then to Las Cruces and then 10 to Deming NM. The only real grades on that stretch was on the 70 over the Sacramento Mountains to Alamogordo, but it's totally manageable and 70 is a very good road. Nice drive and definitely second seeing White Sands. If you need a cool place to stay in Alamogordo look at Oliver Lee State Park...awesome spot with simply outstanding views. If you're interested I took shots of the park here: http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2011...alamogordo-nm/

Also just North of Deming is City of Rocks. We're there right now and it's another fabulous stop.

Can't speak to the road West of Deming as this is as far as we've gotten so far
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
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Thank you for the information. That park looks incredible, and I will definately consider it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:36 PM   #6
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I've driven I-10 west from Deming to Tucson numerous times in my old gasser MH pulling a Wrangler and it isn't too bad. There are a couple long pulls but nothing that slowed us to less that 45-50 mph.

An interesting place along the way to stop is Bowie, AZ, which is a mostly dried up/almost new ghost town. Turn north at the post office and about a half block later you will see the store, the one that sells the goodies from the nut groves and vinyards you see along the interstate. Try to stay away from their home made fudge as it is way too good to the taste buds, especially the praline fudge.

The west side of town has a (run down) RV park with w/s/e in pull through sites for $15/night. The guy that owns it is from the old school, maybe even from before the school was there. Heck, he may even be one of the original AZ settlers from 18xx for all I know. DW and I stayed there coming and going a few times and we always had good service and felt safe.

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