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Old 01-31-2020, 11:18 PM   #1
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New Mexico tour

We are looking at a 3 week tour through New Mexico. Does anyone have a map they put together to do this in an RV? There is so many places to see there and looking for itinerary ideas. Coming from California and looking at a 3 week trip. Everything from Albuquerque to Roswell and Carlsbad caverns.

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Old 01-31-2020, 11:52 PM   #2
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don’t ignore santa fe, taos, ruidoso, lincoln, the VLA near socorro, trinity site, fort sumner, silver city, white sands...the list is endless and also nearly impossible to see and experience in 3-weeks. compile a list and rank them in order of “gotta see”, “should see”, “if we have extra time to see”. then put the “gotta sees” in geographic zones...north/central/south as an example. be realistic on driving days, days off to rest, chores, etc. don’t rush. start at one end and work your way to the other end. enjoy!

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We go to NM all the time. Let me pass on one comment I’ve heard from numerous other visitors... Roswell is not worth your time if you are going for the alien stuff. It’s cheesy, hokey and any other derogatory description you can come up with. If you’re going there for some other reason, OK. But if you’re going because of the alien connection I suggest you save your time and money and visit any number of really great places in NM.
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Do NOT stay in Vado at the Western Skys RV Park.
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Old 02-01-2020, 04:12 AM   #5
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You can buy a $225 annual pass that gives you free camping in all State parks at no hookup sites... $4/night in electric sites...
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:58 AM   #6
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Do NOT stay in Vado at the Western Skys RV Park.
and i’ll add do not stay at White’s City RV Park near Carlsbad Caverns. DO visit the caverns, though.
Brantley Lakes State Park is excellent.

we DID like the UFO museum in Roswell but it’s absolutely a “been there, done that”, place.
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Lots of good advice, I would second most of it, Western Skies RV park in Vado, is by far the worst junk yard RV park I have ever stayed at, and it is amazing that so many other people here have had the same experience. The UFO museum in Roswell is good for stretching your legs if you are passing through anyway, but that is about it, rank it in there with stopping to see the worlds biggest ball of twine, or other roadside Americana attractions, but even there put it on the low end.

One more bit of advice to add, don't assume New Mexico highways are paved, most are, but some, particularly in mountains are not. So just because it says NM highway on the map, don't assume that means paved.
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Old 02-01-2020, 03:21 PM   #9
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On your way to New Mexico stop in Benson, AZ and tour Kartchner Caverns State Park. Nice campground, also. It's a living cave - still growing and dripping as opposed to Carlsbad's. We've done Carlsbad, also but love Kartchner.

Coming into New Mexico via I-10 northward, here's what I would recommend.
Silver City - City of Rocks State Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat'l Monument and the Catwalk
White Sands Nat'l Monument at a time when the night ranger walk is done - awesome.
Carlsbad Caverns - stay at Brantley Lake State Park
Ruidoso/Boswell - we don't care for either
The best of N.M. is from Albuquerque northward
Cochiti Corp of Engineers campground is great for touring nearby Kasha-Katuwe Nat'l Monument (Tent Rocks) and could easily do Santa Fe from here by driving to the Santa Fe Farmer's Market area and parking and then take the easy city bus to the city attractions. Parking near the attractions isn't easy.
Los Alamos tour
Bandelier Nat'l Monument and drive along Hwy 4 to see the beautiful Valley Candera Nat'l Preserve and Jemez Springs area
Taos - the small town is packed with shops; drive the circular Enchanted Loop to Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River.
Hwy 84 is beautiful - the painter, Georgia O'Keefe's hangout; Abiquiu Corp of Engineer campground is very nice
Go as far north on 84 to Pagosa Springs, CO and enjoy soaking the morning away in the immaculate concrete pools of varying temperatures overlooking the town and river. Very relaxing.
If going in Fall the Chama railroad trip is o.k. but the Durango, CO trip any season is awesome.
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The best of N.M. is from Albuquerque northward

X2 on this.
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Second the Los Alamos tour.
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You must spend some time at Chama, NM and ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad .

We stayed at Rio Chama RV Park the train come through the park.

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