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Old 01-11-2020, 03:56 PM   #1
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Westbound I-10 El Paso Bypass 375???

We head out tomorrow for 6 weeks in Tucson. We travel I-10 all the way (from Boerne, TX). We HATE driving through El Paso.

I know that Loop 375 is an option if it's completed. We've gone on the North Side of EP but that's a long 8% grade up and down the mountain. So, I wanted to ask about the south side of Loop 375. Google Maps looks like I can go South of EP, hug the border and reconnect with I-10 before Anthony.

Is this a good way to go?

I'm not all that worried about the mountain on the north side of EP but if I can avoid it and still have good road and less traffic on Loop 375 to the south of town I'd give it a try.
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No one? I was hoping to hear before we get there Tuesday morning. But it seems no one knows the answer to my question.

Ok. We’ll either go straight through or go TX-375 to the north.
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We've alway gotten off I-10 at Van Horn and taken 54 north to 62/180 west to 375. It bypasses a lot of traffic.

However, here's another way to not take 375 but still exit just north of Anthony.

https://rv-dreams.typepad.com/rvdrea...-375-loop.html
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Thanks for that. I had seen that blog post in my searches, but it was written over two years ago and I know Txdot has done a ton of work in the past two years on the Loop.
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Still no real direct help, but coming back to Louisiana from Arizona in October I took the 375 bypass on the north side going eastbound, mid day on a weekday. Overall traffic was not bad at all, except for the last couple of miles before reaching I-10, of course there was a climb to get over the mountain.
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We head out tomorrow for 6 weeks in Tucson. We travel I-10 all the way (from Boerne, TX). We HATE driving through El Paso.

I know that Loop 375 is an option if it's completed. We've gone on the North Side of EP but that's a long 8% grade up and down the mountain. So, I wanted to ask about the south side of Loop 375. Google Maps looks like I can go South of EP, hug the border and reconnect with I-10 before Anthony.

Is this a good way to go?

I'm not all that worried about the mountain on the north side of EP but if I can avoid it and still have good road and less traffic on Loop 375 to the south of town I'd give it a try.
Hey good, we are 2 weeks behind you. We are sitting in 1000 Trails at Medina Lake in Lakehills. I did not know of anything you have mentioned about I-10.
But if you could please give me a heads up on anything I need to expect. This is our first trip out to Arizona and first stop here at Medina Lake 1000 Trails park. Heck first trip to Texas at all.
Our plans are to stay at Fort Stockton at Hilltop RV Park, then to El Paso. We are going to stop at El Paso West in Anthony, NM for a couple of nights. Next stop is a place in Benson, Az. Final stop is to be Casa Grande at the Fiesta Grande Park for 2 months (Feb. & March).
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When in Fort Stockton I always stay at Fort Stockton RV park on the east side of town at the Warnock road exit. https://www.fortstocktonrvpark.com I assume it was once a KOA as it is located on KOA road. Nice little RV park, heated swimming pool, and a small on site cafe that serves breakfast and dinner. This is not to be confused with the new Fort Stockton RV park resort, which is a completely different place.


p.s. where ever you stay, don't stay at Western Skies RV park in Vado, NM (one or two exits north of Anthony), it is a real junkyard. Also be aware the area around Anthony, and Vado is surrounded by giant stockyards, so if the smell of cattle bothers you, this may not be a good option for you. I grew up on a cattle ranch, and the smell in Vado last fall almost got to me.
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We just completed this part of the journey today.

First, from Medina Lake there are a couple of nearby options that are great additions.

The first would see you travel to just north of Kerrville Texas and spend a night at Buckhorn Lake Resort. It's is 8 miles north of Kerrville and directly on 1-10. It's a great RV park and highly rated. It's not far from Medina Lake and a good intermediate stop.

OR a second option would be to travel another 60 miles west on 1-10 to the town of Junction and spend a day or two at South Llano River State Park. It's our favorite park and we were just there two nights ago. In fact, any time heading west we go there on our first night even though it's only 2-hours from our home.

Next, Fort Stockton. We dislike the whole of it. We've stayed at Hill Top. Once. And never again. We've also stayed at the park suggested by Isaac-1. To be certain it's better than Hill Top. But after two stays there we've given up on that place too.

Actually, there's a great State Park 40-miles west of Fort Stockton. BUT it's closed for repairs. For nearly 3-years now closed while the whole park is rebuilt. So, that's not an option. After that park (balmorhea SP) closed for repairs we tried Fort Stockton and being unhappy with it we moved 80 miles further west to Van Horn RV Park. It's not a great place either. But for us we find it better than anything in Fort Stockton. Like the RV park suggested by Isaac-1 it too is a former KOA, and located on Kamper Lane and has a small restaurant.

Truth be told the Fort Stockton Walmart is the most popular RV park in that town.

Van Horn is 320 miles west of the State Park I mentioned in Junction, TX.

Next, avoid staying in Antony. The only thing you'll like there are the cheap gas stations. If you go 20 miles west of Anthony to Las Cruces, New Mexico and stay at the Hacienda RV Park you'll be a thousand times happier. Not to mention that Anthony is populated with a large number of cattle feed lots and the air through there is difficult to take. Las Cruces is a nice college town and it's vastly better.

The rest of your trip sounds spot on and I have no other suggestions.

About the road we traveled. We did take TX375 North of El Paso and it was a good option. Initially, the road is perfect, however when you go up and over the mountain you are still on 4-lane divided hwy but the road surface is not as nice as before the mountain.

It's about 30 miles total from 1-10 east of El Paso to I-10 just before Anthony. I think we exited the mountain loop at exit 3 which is 3-miles before Anthony at exit 0.

We approached El Paso at 10am and I'm sure the road through town would be fine, but I wanted to experiment with the 375 Intermountain Loop. And I did like it.

Word to the wise - if you go to Buckhorn Lake or South Llano River State Park make reservations. During the week they are pretty open but weekends do fill up. And in Las Cruces the Hacienda RV Park is SUPER popular this time of year.

Tonight we're in Deming NM staying at a winery that's part of Harvest Host. It's dry camping and totally free. It's our third time here but it's getting more popular. Tonight there are 8 RVs here. Usually there are maybe only 2.

In fact, 1-10 West during Jan/Feb are packed with RVs going to AZ and you need to call ahead or make reservations along this road.

Best of luck.
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Wow! Thanks for returning with your trip report.... overall, a good drive.
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Isaac-1 said:
"p.s. where ever you stay, don't stay at Western Skies RV park in Vado, NM (one or two exits north of Anthony), it is a real junkyard. Also be aware the area around Anthony, and Vado is surrounded by giant stockyards, so if the smell of cattle bothers you, this may not be a good option for you. I grew up on a cattle ranch, and the smell in Vado last fall almost got to me."


Amen to that! Stayed there one night.

I have built a power tester to check outlets and I checked four different sites. All had the circuit breakers bypassed. You couldn't turn off the power.

Needless to say I didn't connect to anything. The girl in the office was less than helpful.



As for bypassing El Paso I've been through there maybe ten times with no problems. But I go to Los Angeles a lot so maybe I'm just used to traffic.
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