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Old 05-26-2021, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hwy 82 from Tuscaloosa AL Wichita Falls TX

On our trip to Denver in August I am considering instead of taking I20 through DFW then up to Canyon TX (south of Amarillo) I am considering picking up Hwy 82 in Tuscaloosa so I can avoid a lot of the major cities. Also so we can see some off the beaten path scenery on our drive out there. We are wanting to see Palo Duro State Park SE of Amarillo and then see the Capulin Volcano as we make our way NW to pick up 25 and into Denver.

Has anyone driven Hwy 82 and can comment? We will be in a 38 foot DP with an F150 toad.

Thanks for all comments and safe travels!!
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Sounds like fun.

I can only comment about the Texas part but it's fine almost all is divided and is a good road.

Bonham, TX has a nice park just N of 82

Thackerville, OK just north of Gainesville, TX has a fabulous park at the Winstar Casino. You can get a free night if you sign up for a players card. If you gamble this will be the most expensive free night you'll ever have.

Copper Breaks SP S of Quanah, TX is a dark sky park. Great for looking at the stars.

Also Caprock Canyons SP.
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Sounds like fun.

I can only comment about the Texas part but it's fine almost all is divided and is a good road.

Bonham, TX has a nice park just N of 82

Thackerville, OK just north of Gainesville, TX has a fabulous park at the Winstar Casino. You can get a free night if you sign up for a players card. If you gamble this will be the most expensive free night you'll ever have.

Copper Breaks SP S of Quanah, TX is a dark sky park. Great for looking at the stars.

Also Caprock Canyons SP.
Thanks for the reply. Have not completely mapped out our gas and overnight stops but have a general idea. We tend to drive two long days (300-400 miles) then take a day off. From Augusta GA two long days will land us around Magnolia Arkansas for a two night stay (a day of rest). I see there are also plenty of Love's truck plaza's along the way so gas should not be an issue.
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Wichita Falls has a city owned campground right by the reproduction of the falls. It's not free, but good for overnight. We prefer Caprock Canyons SP over Palo Dura. It has the state's buffalo herd that roam parts of the park. It's also not far from Turkey, home of Bob Wills. The road up to Amarillo is real nice. I believe it is US 287. It has some great rest stops.
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I can really only comment on the Texas section, but for that bit it is a good 4 lane road, much of it is at near interstate grade divided highway with semi-limited access. I have also driven a few short sections of this highway in Arkansas and Mississippi, but not enough to say if it is good overall in those states.
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I can really only comment on the Texas section, but for that bit it is a good 4 lane road, much of it is at near interstate grade divided highway with semi-limited access. I have also driven a few short sections of this highway in Arkansas and Mississippi, but not enough to say if it is good overall in those states.
My wife likes the idea, plus we used Google Maps in Satellite mode and followed the road the entire distance we plan on traveling. There a few by passes we have to take around some towns/cities, but we feel it will be an enjoyable trip versus I20 from Tuscaloosa to DFW.
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Stop in Muenster TX at Fishers Meat Market for some fine meats, sausages and cheese, 15 miles east of Gainesville on HWY 82.
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Stop in Muenster TX at Fishers Meat Market for some fine meats, sausages and cheese, 15 miles east of Gainesville on HWY 82.
That would be west of Gainesville, lol, old age.
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That would be west of Gainesville, lol, old age.
I saw it on the map. Thanks for the update.
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On our trip to Denver in August I am considering instead of taking I20 through DFW then up to Canyon TX (south of Amarillo) I am considering picking up Hwy 82 in Tuscaloosa so I can avoid a lot of the major cities. Also so we can see some off the beaten path scenery on our drive out there. We are wanting to see Palo Duro State Park SE of Amarillo and then see the Capulin Volcano as we make our way NW to pick up 25 and into Denver.

Has anyone driven Hwy 82 and can comment? We will be in a 38 foot DP with an F150 toad.

Thanks for all comments and safe travels!!
We have used Texarkana, in as a Way Point - avoids Dallas and goes through Paris, how do you beat that - then on up to Amarillo and your choice into the Colorado Mountains.

We have used it and it works great for us.

Just a thought,
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On our trip to Denver in August I am considering instead of taking I20 through DFW then up to Canyon TX (south of Amarillo) I am considering picking up Hwy 82 in Tuscaloosa so I can avoid a lot of the major cities. Also so we can see some off the beaten path scenery on our drive out there. We are wanting to see Palo Duro State Park SE of Amarillo and then see the Capulin Volcano as we make our way NW to pick up 25 and into Denver.
Has anyone driven Hwy 82 and can comment? We will be in a 38 foot DP with an F150 toad.
Thanks for all comments and safe travels!!
I live across the river from you in SC and I have gone west on a similar route several times. I do stick to I-20 until I get to Texas. Hwy 82 is a good way to get around the Dallas traffic when you are going north. The roads in Texas are normally in good condition and the speed limit is 70mph or more. The bigger towns have bypasses, so traffic isn't generally and issue. Your rig will fit nicely on the roads.

I have tried a couple of times to stay in Palo Duro Canyon, but it is very busy and I couldn't get a camping space.

I have stayed Old Gin RV Park near Quanah, TX and it was a good overnight stop. A friend recommended Oasis RV Park, just off I-40, west of Amarillo, TX as a good place to camp. Lots of my friends stop in Amarillo to visit Cadillac Ranch and eat at Big Texan Steak Ranch (home of the 72oz steak). My wife and I stopped at Corral RV Park In Dalhart, TX last year and it was a good place to stop. Capulin, NM rocks! We normally stay there a couple of days on our way to Colorado. We started doing that to give our old bodies a chance to adjust to the altitude in Colorado. We enjoy visiting the Volcano (park), driving over Johnson's Mesas Rd (go late in the afternoon to see the wildlife), and the museum in nearby Folsom. We generally go from Capulin to Raton, then north on I-25. There is a hill just north of Raton that is a good warm up for the big passes in some parts of Colorado. We have always gotten off of I-25 in Walsenburg, CO. Highway 69 northwest to US 50 and west to Gunnison is a beautiful drive.

Capulin Volcano


From Johnson's Mesa Rd. near Capulin


I think this is 87 north of Amarillio, just before turning north on 82. You get the idea.


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I live across the river from you in SC and I have gone west on a similar route several times. I do stick to I-20 until I get to Texas. Hwy 82 is a good way to get around the Dallas traffic when you are going north. The roads in Texas are normally in good condition and the speed limit is 70mph or more. The bigger towns have bypasses, so traffic isn't generally and issue. Your rig will fit nicely on the roads.

I have tried a couple of times to stay in Palo Duro Canyon, but it is very busy and I couldn't get a camping space.

I have stayed Old Gin RV Park near Quanah, TX and it was a good overnight stop. A friend recommended Oasis RV Park, just off I-40, west of Amarillo, TX as a good place to camp. Lots of my friends stop in Amarillo to visit Cadillac Ranch and eat at Big Texan Steak Ranch (home of the 72oz steak). My wife and I stopped at Corral RV Park In Dalhart, TX last year and it was a good place to stop. Capulin, NM rocks! We normally stay there a couple of days on our way to Colorado. We started doing that to give our old bodies a chance to adjust to the altitude in Colorado. We enjoy visiting the Volcano (park), driving over Johnson's Mesas Rd (go late in the afternoon to see the wildlife), and the museum in nearby Folsom. We generally go from Capulin to Raton, then north on I-25. There is a hill just north of Raton that is a good warm up for the big passes in some parts of Colorado. We have always gotten off of I-25 in Walsenburg, CO. Highway 69 northwest to US 50 and west to Gunnison is a beautiful drive.

Capulin Volcano


From Johnson's Mesa Rd. near Capulin


I think this is 87 north of Amarillio, just before turning north on 82. You get the idea.


Capulin RV Park
Thanks for the detailed post. I am not looking at staying at Palo Duro SP just visiting there. I am looking at staying in Canyon on I27. I have not looked closely at the route in a few weeks but will digest your pistvwith a map pulled.

Thank you!!
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Andy.....I am tracking all you have said. We are looking at 82 to 287 with a stop somewhere around along that route. Then 86 to I27 (north of Lubbock) and up to Canyon for a few days to visit Palo Duro. Next stop is Capulin. I hike that when I was 14 and since we are heading in that direction I thought it would be nice to do again (albeit much sloooower this time). Then pick up I25 as you described and up to Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora for a week. I showed my wife US82 from Tuscaloosa to Wichita Falls, she really liked it. She got on Google maps and followed it all the way in satellite view, many larger downs do have bypasses. My wife hates interstate routes, so this may be a good alternative and gas is not an issue, have already looked at that. Thanks again for your insight and the pictures.
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My wife and I enjoy traveling in Texas. The state parks we have been to are excellent. Your trip plan sounds like fun. Have a good time and travel safe.
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