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Old 09-16-2019, 05:45 PM   #15
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WOW!!! We really appreciate the great suggestions. Lots to digest! Might be adding an extra week to the schedule.
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Great stuff so far. One I would add is the Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira ruins north of Mountainaire, about an hour SE of ABQ. Fenton Lake, in my opinion is kinda dumpy and not the easiest to navigate or park with a bigger RV or trailer. A better year round site is Manzano state park, also just north of Mountainaire. I have no problem getting my class A in there and it's a nice quiet place. Whether you can get a spot in there (or anywhere during fiesta time) is another question but offering it for consideration. Tent Rock national monument NW of ABQ is a really neat place to hike. Nearby is Cochiti lake which isn't the most remarkable place to camp but there's lots of sites there.

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Old 09-17-2019, 06:44 AM   #17
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WOW!!! We really appreciate the great suggestions. Lots to digest! Might be adding an extra week to the schedule.
Probably the biggest challenge is finding something for the first week or so, as the ABQ/SF area will be booked solid due to the Balloon Festival. You'll likely need to start the trip several hours away, then loop back at least a week later once the crowds clear out.
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We just made reservations at Trailer Ranch RV park in Santa Fe for the last weekend of the balloon festival about a week ago. We are paying the higher balloon fiesta rates though.
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:43 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the excellent info! Our current plan is to explore NM & AZ for 4 weeks.

Albuquerque > Grants > Petrified Forest > Painted Desert > South Rim GC > Sedona > Kartchner Caverns > Silver Cty > Gila Cliff Dwellings > Las Cruces > Carlsbad Caverns.....then start heading back to FL.

If there are any "must see" along this route Please let us know.

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It sounds like we may be crossing paths a time or two, we will be arriving in Santa Fe on Oct 12th, then on to Page, south rim of the Grand Canyon the following weekend, then my wife if flying home and I am making my way back by way of Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest, then down through NM, possibly stopping at Carlsbad and across Texas.


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Old 09-24-2019, 08:43 PM   #22
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in page we heartily recommend the Wahweep RV Park & Campground, a concessionaire park inside the natl. recreation area. excellent park.

https://www.lakepowell.com/rv-campin...rv-campground/
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With three weeks to burn, I would burn one in Sedona, AZ. Then I would go north to Utah, One week near Zion National park, then one week near Brice Canyon National Park. Honestly you could spend 3 weeks at any of these and not see enough.
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Hate to admit it publicly, but Albuquerque is rampant with vehicle and petty theft. Be sure to secure your stuff well. Older F250's and F350's unattended in public parking areas are targeted especially.

Take this warning above serious. Just get out of ABQ area and things will improve (some). I know, used to live there and moved out 2 years ago. Talking with friends back there it has not gotten any better.



In general NM state parks are pretty good, it can be a bit barren in the drier areas. So don't expect lots of trees and grass. Balloon Fiesta is not the time to be in ABQ unless that is your reason to be there. Go south or north to get out of the congestion and filled camping areas.


Elephant Butte state park is a nice park to visit and spend a few days, biggest lake in NM. So is up around Taos and the enchanted circle.


I would say you have better options if you go to AZ, but that might be my bias since I know the negative side of NM more.
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Thanks for all the input. We had issues with the brakes on our GM 3500, so we got started 10 days later than expected. Ended up staying 8 nights in Camp Verde, south of Sedona. We ran and hiked every day....had a blast. Now making plans for a 6 week trip next year which will include Lake Powell area, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Karchner Caverns and various stops along the way.

Took I-20 out and I-40 back. Will definitely stick with I-40. Birmingham and bridge construction in OK were the only 2 bad spots.

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I am glad you had a good time, I hope the weather cooperated, we ended up running from the arctic blast and ended up skipping Carlsbad on the drive home to get away from the cold weather. Even trying to stay ahead of it, we were caught with 17F lows one night in Springerville, AZ.
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