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Old 05-13-2021, 09:54 PM   #1
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West Texas/New Mexico trip timing

We're kicking around the idea of travelling to Western Texas (Big Bend and other stuff within a couple hundred miles) and/or New Mexico for a few weeks in spring or fall 2022.
Timing is the question.
  • We're in Michigan, so we would have depart after the worst of the winter (or return before)
  • Using El Paso temperatures, April and October look good. We'd need electricity for AC in May and September.
  • When is it reasonable to expect winter campground crowding to dissipate in spring, or campgrounds fill up for winter? or is that not an issue?

Any suggestions on timing?
Anything else we should consider?

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Old 05-13-2021, 10:31 PM   #2
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Big Bend in spring is busy. It's a popular spring break place. Plus it can be hot.

We've always gone in November - beautiful weather and the cottonwoods were in full yellow color against the bright blue sky. Football and school have begun & traveling isn't prime for many. Perfect time.
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:01 PM   #3
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I agree with TwoGypsies on November in southern Texas. Perhaps a little different in New Mexico. In the spring and fall there is lots of difference between the souther and northern areas of NM. But perhaps most important is the effect of elevation changes in NM. As a rough rule of thumb you can expect to see a 3F drop in temperature for every 100 miles north and same for every 1,000 ft gain in elevation. Thus temperatures in the northern mountains may be about 20 +/- F different from lower elevations in the southern areas.

In general September and October are some of favorite times in NM. Warm daytimes and cool nights.
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Old 05-14-2021, 06:14 AM   #4
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Most state parks here in NM begin closing sometime in October, which is a shame because I think that's some of the best time to go. Some are open year round though so those are an option. I got gypped out of two trips last fall due to the guv'nor closing the campgrounds so ended up at RV parks, one over the Thanksgiving holiday. Upper 20's at night, 50's during the day but still a very pleasant outing for late in the season. Up north, say north of Santa Fe, there can be some hard freezes and snow days but even those don't tend to linger. Our first trip this year was a week after the campground opened (mid april) and it couldn't have been nicer. Living here for a few decades now I've learned crappy weather is the exception and even when it happens it won't stick around long. 300+ sunny days a year is pretty easy to get used to and you probably won't need a contingency plan for weather no matter what time of year.

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Old 05-14-2021, 10:34 PM   #5
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It sounds like we should plan for an October/November trip.

We'll have to come up with another location for spring trip.
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It sounds like we should plan for an October/November trip.

We'll have to come up with another location for spring trip.
Might look to Utah and Arizona for early spring - might still be cool early but that not all bad, Moab is really busy once the weather breaks.

Fall is what we consider prime time almost Everywhere.

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January 2020 we stayed at Medina Lakes (Thousand Trails park) NW of San Antonio and the temps were not bad, a little chilly during the evening / over night times.
April 2020 we were back at Medina, and held up for the Covid stuff. The second week of April the temps hit the high 90's. We only had 30amp service so I went to generator to keep the rig cool.
November 2020 we were back at Medina and it was a little cool and had to run the furnace at night. A couple of nights we had to disconnect the water supply, it was down to mid 20's.
December 2020, first half we stayed in Benson at Valley Vista (Encore park) and at night it was chilly there as well. It would get down to the high 20's at night.
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I love the big Bend area. My wife and I go early in the year. We have been there in JAN, FEB, MAR, and APR. The weather is entirely unpredictable. It should be warm, but that can't be promised.

We like to get to the area using Highway 90 west of San Antonio. Ninety is an extension of the interstate until you are out of town, and is a good road the whole way. There are some interesting spots along 90 on the way to Big Bend. Alsatian RV Resort in Castroville is a world class place to camp.

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Castroville is an interesting and historic town with a great bakery. There is a nice RV park and a couple of great restaurants in Marathon, TX.

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We have stayed in the LaVista RV Park, on 118 just south of Alpine, TX, and enjoyed seeing that town.

In the Big Bend area, we stay at the Big Bend Resort and RV Park.

It is a desert RV park. You will not be impressed with the landscaping. We stay there for convivence - they have a gas station, restaurant, and they are only 3 miles from the west gate of the park. We have also stayed at Mavrick RV park in Lajatis. It is a little more upscale that the Adventure Resort, but not enough to offset the distance from the park.

Northwest of the park we spent a week at the Davis Mountains State Park in Fort Davis. It is a fabulous spot for birding and a nice place to camp.

I've mostly just driven through New Mexico. We have stayed at the KOA in Las Cruces, NM and liked it there. Supper at the Post Office Restaurant in the old town section is first rate.

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Old 05-16-2021, 07:43 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions. We'll look into those locations.
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