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Old 07-14-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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I am looking for information on Highway 9 from the El Paso, TX area to Douglas, AZ going through Pancho Villa Park (Columbus, NM) and hooking up with Highway 80 south. Some friends are planning this trip going through Tombstone, Tucson and north in September and want us to join them. How is Highway 9 and Highway 80 through Tombstone and back to Benson, AZ?

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Old 07-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Thanks Don, I want to know also.
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Highway 9 from El Paso to Columbus is a two lane narrow asphalt road, typical of the back roads in New Mexico. The museum in Columbus is about the only point of interest in the whole town. It does have a good mix of military, Pancho Villa related and railroad artifacts. The Pancho Villa State park is a large gravel lot. The cactus garden was killed by a hard freeze and nothing is growing in the whole park. It was the worst place we have stayed in over a year off travel. It does have some interesting firsts. First military grease rack for motorized vehicles, first airfield used in an operation. Over all, you will see very little scenery, unless you enjoy rocks and dead cactus.
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That looks like one desolate trip. DW and I just finished one of the several trips on the I-10 run from El Paso to Phoenix we've done over the years and as usual I thought I'd never get to Phoenix. Just can't imagine using that route.
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Highway 9 from El Paso to Columbus is a two lane narrow asphalt road, typical of the back roads in New Mexico. The museum in Columbus is about the only point of interest in the whole town. It does have a good mix of military, Pancho Villa related and railroad artifacts. The Pancho Villa State park is a large gravel lot. The cactus garden was killed by a hard freeze and nothing is growing in the whole park. It was the worst place we have stayed in over a year off travel. It does have some interesting firsts. First military grease rack for motorized vehicles, first airfield used in an operation. Over all, you will see very little scenery, unless you enjoy rocks and dead cactus.
Sounds like a route we would like. No Interstates. Yay!!
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We have traveled Rt. 9 on three occasions, brother/sister in-laws live in Columbus. Absolutely no problem, it is a standard width two-lane highway, little traffic and surely beats the alternative, Rt. 10 to Deming then back south. It is an hour or so ride with no facilities just a few ranch entrances, a great reprieve after 6 days on Rt. 10 from Florida. Have also traveled on RT. 9 for day trip to Arizona not towing the fiver but would not hesitate to do so.

The border crossing is a mile +- from the state park you can park and walk across. Be sure to visit the Pink Store. Great place for souvenirs and a very nice restaurant.

We have both had our eyeglasses and dentures taken care of there at 1/3 the cost at home and are happy with the service they provided.
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It is good road and empty except for the chili that falls off the passing trucks.....lots of good birding at Portal AZ...we have a winter home in Cochise County AZ and drive that road 6 or 8 times a year
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