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Old 01-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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LA to Dallas via I10/I20 & Back via I40 Advice?

Greetings!

We're newbies planning an early to mid-April trip to Dallas via I-10 & I-20 with a return via I-40 with a possible side trip to see the Grand Canyon.
We'd appreciate any advice about overnite stopover locations along the way, alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion and construction (Phoenix, etc.) and recommended alternative routing for a more enjoyable trip, "must sees", etc.

We'd appreciate your thoughts!
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take the 10 to just west of phoenix- don't have map, maybe that is 65 go south to 8 and then you will pick up 10. going thru elpaso around 10 am, no sweat, traffic moves good. fuel up west of el paso unless you like to rub elbows with all the truckers.
I-10 will have a Border Patrol checkpoint. You can stay in Pecos, Odessa, Abilene, Weatherford. good roads
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:57 PM   #3
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leaving BIG D to catch I40
35E to 380 in denton, cut across on 380 to hwy 287 north
go up hwy 287 north through wichita falls up to amarillo

in Vernon the Rocking A rv park is next to a walmart with fuel
folks that run the park are great, give good discounts
its a family owned park
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287 has great rest areas and a good towns with good places to grab a bite
after Vernon the rest areas are very new and LARGE with great parking for rvs

in amarillo there is a texas travel center on the same exit as the flying J
its a big rest area with very friendly folks and maps
fill up in amarillo
fuel going across new mexico on 40 can be wildly expensive
there are two loves and T/A on the stretch to santa rosa nm.
tucumcari has a KOA and a dennys and a few other places to grab a bite
long climb near Moriarty, up to 7k feet, piece of cake

condition of I40 is pretty good with only a few places of rough pavement. I just use the other lane.
rest areas in New Mexico between Amarillo and Albuquerque are HORRIBLE and not very secure after dark, or any other time for that matter.

west bound the only two that are open is the state line welcome center and one near santa rosa.
check NMROADS.gov for better details and snow conditions

have a safe trip
just drove it last week for the 12 th or so time in the last 6 months
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don't forget, Texas rest areas are WIFI friendly.
Ernie- from Weatherford
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East bound our favorite overnite is in Monahans at the Sand Hills State Park. Inexpensive, easy in/out, NEVER crowded. 35 miles further east at the Midland/Odessa Airport is the CAF Headquarters Museum. A must see if you are a WW-ll or aviation fan. Good parking and at least 1/2 day......
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take the 10 to just west of phoenix- don't have map, maybe that is 65 go south to 8 and then you will pick up 10.
I agree with this route to avoid Phoenix traffic, except the highway south from I-10, Exit 112, down to Gila Bend where you will pick up I-8 headed east is AZ-85, not 65.
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I agree with this route to avoid Phoenix traffic, except the highway south from I-10, Exit 112, down to Gila Bend where you will pick up I-8 headed east is AZ-85, not 65.
True, I'm in that area now. But.... before you travel check back because I read somewhere yesterday that the feds are posting signs near there warning of criminal elements and drug/human traficers.

Not sure what you're looking for near the Grand Canyon but we stayed at the Grand Canyon Railroad RV Park in Williams. It was right near the GC RR and walking distance into the little town. It was well equipped and clean but pricey.

If you're still on I10 when you get into Texas, our favorite overnight stop in West Texas is Travel Guide: Fort Stockton RV Park - Fort Stockton, TX - TravelingUSA.com the Fort Stockton RV Park. Reasonable, easy in/out, and has an on site cafe! It's a very long drive to there from any direction and being able to walk a few steps and get a home cooked meal is priceless.

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If you do decide to stay in Amarillo, The Oasis RV Park is $20 a night with the 3rd night Free (I think they are still offering that but check their web site). The Texas Grand Cayon, Palo Duro, is 30 miles away. I don't know when they start their musical presentation season, but if it is when you travel through their it is worth the time to attend. Palo Duro also has campsites, but I don't believe they have full hook up. Check the Texas State Parks web site.

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Greetings!

We're newbies planning an early to mid-April trip to Dallas via I-10 & I-20 with a return via I-40 with a possible side trip to see the Grand Canyon.
We'd appreciate any advice about overnite stopover locations along the way, alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion and construction (Phoenix, etc.) and recommended alternative routing for a more enjoyable trip, "must sees", etc.

We'd appreciate your thoughts!
I don't know how to respond to the message you sent me, but 62/180 is a great road. There are free county campgrounds in Seminole, Lamesa, and the traffic is light.
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