RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search

RV Blog


RV Sales




RV Parks


RV Club


RV Buyers Guide


Roadside Assistance


Extended Service Plan


RV Travel Assistance


RV Credit Card


RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for 'Hill Country' found 13 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: long trip

Since the OP specified they want to take their time and avoid cities it sounds like they want to see things rather than travel on interstates. This is how we always traveled. Does it really matter if you go slower and perhaps go out of your way a little? I would recommend that this trip begin at least by the end of August because you'll have some mountain areas & you want to be out of them by the 3rd week of Sept. Have your Senior Pass for entry into national park/monument areas or purchase the America the Beautiful Pass which will give you a year's entry. You'll see some beautiful color getting into September. So.... here's a rough route and you can add or subtract. Perhaps you've never seen some of these sites: From Dallas take OR 97 south to 26 east. Stop at John Day and explore. The state park is very nice. At Boise, ID take 55 north a short distance to 21 to Stanley, ID and view the beautiful Sawtooth Mountain Nat'l Rec Area. Then take 75 south through Sun Valley, ID to 93 east and tour Craters of the Moon Nat'l Monument in Idaho. Then take 26 to I-15 to ID 30 to WY I-80 to 191 south at Green River, WY. Drive 191 through Flaming Gorge Nat'l Rec Area south to Vernal at Dinosaur Nat'l Monument. Take Hwy 40 east to 64 east to Rangley, CO. At Rangley take 139 south to I-70 to Grand Junction, CO at Colorado Nat'l Monument. There's a nice state park at the park road entrance on the Colorado River with hookups. Then continue south taking CO 50/550 to Ridgeway, CO and pick up 62 to 145 at Telluride. Take the free chair lift for a great view of the area. Continue south on 145 to Cortez, CO and tour Mesa Verde Nat'l Park. Take 160 east to Pagosa Springs. Spend a night or two and take in a awesome soak in the immaculate small pools of varying temperatures overlooking town and the river. We easily spend 2-3 hours here. Pack a small cooler. From Pagosa Spring head south on 84 to Chama and Abiquiqu, NM. In this area are Taos, Santa Fe (it will be chili roasting time along the street corners - great smells and food). Bandelier Nat'l Mon. is also great to tour along with Los Alamos. From Santa Fe take 285 south to Carlsbad Caverns Nat'l Park. We've stayed at Brantley Lake State Park to tour. Then continue working you way into Texas via the Hill Country and on to Louisiana.
2gypsies 05/10/18 01:26pm Roads and Routes
Crossing the south US in October

We plan on returning from Nashville to Yuma in late October. We want to avoid as much weather trouble as possible. We are thinking Mobile, New Orleans & Hill country of TX staying on 10 through Las Cruces to Yuma. Is this a decent choice for that time of year? Do you have a better route to suggest? Thanks!
RVcrazy 05/03/18 09:00am Roads and Routes
RE: I10 vs I40 Coast-to-Coast

Only ONE DAY for siteseeing from California to Georgia? Can't you allow more time? Mileage-wise it probably makes more sense to do I-10 to Georgia. Benson, AZ: Kartchner Caverns State Park. The tour is awesome and the campground very nice and it's only about 10 miles south of I-10. Or make a stop anywhere in Hill Country of Texas. Fredricksburg, TX is a small German town and nearby is LBJ's ranch for a tour.
2gypsies 04/05/18 10:27pm Roads and Routes
Texas Route

Planning on going to the Hill Country in a couple of weeks. To avoid the interstates and Dallas I would like to go west of Ft. Worth then take hwy. 281 to 67 to 16 down to Kerrville. Any info on how these roads are? Good 2 lane or to be avoided? Thanks
Bipeflier 03/11/18 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Baltimore to Oakland and back again

We are 70 and 61 and just retired in October. Howdy, Neighbor - Congratulations! on the retirement - the main effect is that now you really will "Have time to ENJOY the Drive" ......... Planning our first long trip from the Baltimore area to Oakland to visit our two daughters and 4 grandchildren. Is there a Better reason to travel than to enjoy the Grands.....Not IMHO. We plan to leave in mid April, take the Southern route for 14 plus days, spend 5 or 6 days in Oakland, then take about two week to come home by the northern route in May. Leaving in Mid April, just before the Dogwoods Bloom, might just head as far south as say Ashville/Lake Toxaway and enjoy the Spring a little more, sorry I start day Dreaming.......So the "PLAN" is to do this in 5 weeks. First really Long trip - and - 6,000 miles - 35 days - Yes it is a doable "PLAN" but as hard as it is to Imagine, YOU have no Real Time Line - you're retired, so this Could be more FUN? Just some food for thought. We have all kind of maps of where the national parks are, but not a lot of information on other things to see or do along the way each way. Really need to gather more info - not on the National Parks but on YOU. What do you ENJOY? - Other than seeing the Grands - do we have a Second Mission? Might try to narrow this part down just a bit......It truly is a BIG Country, so might be a little difficult to point you in the Direction that you want without knowing what YOU Enjoy.............. My suggestion is to pick one area you might enjoy and try to get to it - see - explore - touch - learn - and then be able to say you've Done It not just Seen It. Our only tips so far were from a friend who told us that the Alamo was just a tourist trap in the middle of a large city and the OK Corral was an interesting side trip close to I-10. While the Alamo is not that great - River Walk is to be seen and enjoyed - IMHO, have dinner there and then get to the Hill Country - Texas is a big state with much to see and do but ........if I had the limited time you have I'd focus on the SouthWest - Utah - Colorado -Arizona - New Mexico - Or Just on California - if you flew out to Cali and only had 5 weeks you would only see a Small Portion of the state. Now that you've driven 3,000 miles it might just make sense to see what's out there, maybe steal the Grands and enjoy a few side trips with them????????? So, we are wide open for any suggestions that we can investigate for planning our trip. Just a Guess...but I think you have pretty much mapped this all out and are hoping to find some confirmation for your Plans :-) - Just my Guess.......But If I were you..........I'd just get on I-70 to I-68 to Morgantown up to I-79 to I-70 - then on to Hannibal, MO - Take RT 36 to Denver - 1,750 miles + - I can give you a map - but you need to get to the Rockies - the world you are looking for STARTS THERE! We plan to travel about 500 or 600 miles a day, about 6 or 7 days on the road and another 7 days stopping to visit the various areas. Great Plan .....but........or maybe......BUTT...... Trust me I speak from Experience - 12-14 hours on your BUTT is a challenge - doable but not a lot of FUN. My Grands are in Colorado - so with maybe 20 + trips on the Ground and another 20+ trips in the Air I have made these long - LONG trips and my BUTT knows the time that it just wants to stop....... but you will learn :-) Only question is what are the best places to visit? No need to suggest anything east of the Mississippi since those are places that are close enough to visit later. As I've said Either the SouthWest or California, and the Coast, it's a long, long, long Drive take advantage of it?????????? Thanks in advance for any suggestions. The idea behind the 500 to 600 miles, 10 hours was to get up early, hit the road, travel the full day, pull in later and have dinner at a new campground. Then spend the next day or two touring the new location before taking another travel day to the next location to tour from. This is our first major trip. If this were me - and I had no real deadline, I'd stretch this out for Months not Weeks. It's a Really BIG Country, why waste the drive to the Coast - See It NOW. Tried to answer your questions - Hope I gave you a few things to digest - IMHO April is a GREAT time to drive through Colorado and Utah so no need to stay South - see some of the best of the US on the way Out and Back.......BUTT .....might just save some time and see the West Coast now, as it is just hard to make that drive.........while I will guess you will return often, Let's see some of it NOW. JMHO, Best of Luck
Busskipper 12/24/17 07:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Eastern Ontario, Canada, to LRGV in January

Travelers World. Take the bus to the river walk. This is also where we have stayed for visits to San Antonio, though we did not take the bus. We drove downtown and parked in a lot, but I hear the bus is convenient. Mexican restaurant across the highway. In case you might want to visit the Texas Hill Country (Fredericksburg, Kerrville, etc) there is a big RV park out north of San Antonio at Boerne (pronounced BURNey). I believe it is "Alamo RV." Since you are staying in San Antonio you can probably drive right on down to the Valley, but we often bypass San Antonio and stay at the Choke Canyon State Park (Callaham Unit)--lots of wildlife and on a lake.
padredw 11/04/17 08:26am Roads and Routes
RE: San Diego to Texas in December

- Are there any areas of Texas we should avoid in general due to weather or recent natural disasters? The Upper Gulf Coast (Houston to Corpus Christi) was heavily affected by the hurricane, Harvey. The Lower Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island were much less impacted. Your route does not seem to be within the area affected. As for weather, see below. - Where are good places to rest/dump/fuel there and back? - What is a realistic number of miles to drive per day? I'm familiar with long restless drives (Minnesota) in a car, but I realize more rest will be needed. This is a very personal matter. My own range is from 250 to 400 miles per day, preferring around 300 to 350. I like to start early in the day and stop for lunch--outside the RV, usually in a restaurant--then try to arrive around 3:30 in the afternoon. - Where is a good place to ride the quads? - Any weather concerns? Texas is a big place with many climate environments, but one thing can be said for the entire state: December weather can be all the way from shirt sleeves and sunshine to snow and ice--and it can go from one to the other in a matter of days. I remember one Christmas when there was snow in Corpus Christi and we had none up here in Northeast Texas. But most Christmas Days I can remember from my boyhood involved playing outside in pleasant weather. This is something that can not be predicted, only to be prepared for. - Good sites to see? I have mentioned Carlsbad Caverns below. I would add Big Bend National Park and Davis Mountains in far West Texas. The Hill Country around Fredericksburg as well as San Antonio would be near I-10. The problem is the time you have if you are going on down to the Rio Grande Valley or South Padre Island. You won't be much over half way of your trip when you get to El Paso. - Texas/Arizona driving laws/habits we might not know? For example, in CA it's right lane 55 max. In Texas we drive right along with the automobiles, showing good sense and courtesy but not much restricted by law. Here is a trip we took a few years ago from East Texas to the San Diego area. Of course, your plan would be to head much more southeast once in Texas, but this is just an example of miles and stops: Weatherford, TX === 1 202 ... Serinity Ranch RV Midland, TX === 1 283 ... Medissa Oil Patch RV Carlsbad, NM === 1 149 ... Carlsbad RV Park Deming, NM === 1 261 ... Little Vineyard RV Eloy, AZ === 1 275 ... Desert Valley RV Boulevard, CA === 1 298 ... Sacred Rocks RV Valley Center, CA=== 2 85 .... Woods Valley RV The second column is the number of nights we stayed. I would not advise such a schedule, but our goal was California. We did work in a very nice tour of Carlsbad Caverns on the afternoon we were there. The second column is the miles between stops.
padredw 10/20/17 12:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Texas with a 30' 5W

The best times to explore Texas is any time other than the middle of summer, at all costs avoid Texas from July - September when depending on the year it can be 100+ in the daytime and still in the mid 90's at 3 am in much of the state. Texas can be highly variable in the winter months, particularly from January - March, Texas is also BIG, so covers a number of types of climates. You have wide open plains in the panhandle and much of north Texas, where the wind can really blow particularly in the winter and spring. You have high desert in the western part of the state where it is possible to see 70+ degree F temperature swings between night and day. Then of course you have the Rio Grand Valley, and gulf coast, the hill country, and the piney woods of east Texas. The temperature around the state can be highly variable in the winter, the warmest areas will be along the coast and down in the RGV, though freezes are still possible even there, though 80 degree days and 60 degree nights are also common in January. Having said that, 15-20 years ago I found myself camping (in a camper van with no furnace) in the Davis mountains in west Texas at an altitude of about 5,000 ft, it was the first of May and the low the first I was there night was 13 degrees F. (-10C)
Isaac-1 10/15/17 11:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Trip Wizard

Rug - sounds like a winner. We've stayed at Coffee Creek several times while raiding the Hill Country. I'll check the rally site. GM
Grey Mountain 09/27/17 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

Last January, we went to Big Bend for a week and the weather was beautiful--sunny every day and highs in the mid-70s. Perfect weather for camping and hiking. We also visited Ft. Davis NM and the McDonald Observatory, where it was a little windy, but otherwise nice. Several winters ago, we camped in Texas for a month during late January and early February. The Hill Country around Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Junction, and Uvalde, where we stayed at South Llano SP, Garner SP, and the city campground in Kerrville, was cool, but sunny. We loved the bird watching at South Llano, kayaking at Garner, and visiting the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg. We also stayed on the coast at the North Padre Island NP cg and Goose Island SP near Rockport. Weather at NPI was cool, cloudy, and very windy, but the weather turned really nice when we visited Aransas National Wildlife Refuge while the whooping cranes were there. Lot to do in that area beside wildlife viewing, including the aircraft carrier Lexington in Corpus Christi, boat tours to Matagorda Island, fishing in the lagoons, buying fresh shrimp and fish right off the dock in Rockport, etc. We have lived in Texas in the past and do not like the summers anywhere--too humid. But we find the late fall and winter to generally be nice in the southern and far western parts (except during hurricanes!) and spring in the Hill Country (except during long rainy periods) to be very nice. For the rest of the year and the rest of the state I much prefer Colorado. Guess that's why I have lived here for 54 years.
fanrgs 09/25/17 12:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

fifthwheeleroldman inspires me to respond. I will be 85 in October and ALL of it in East Texas except for years of study and months of travel. I think Spring is a great time to visit Texas. Here in East Texas we have the beautiful azaleas, daffodils, and wildflowers; great lakeside campgrounds such as Caddo Lake State Park, Tyler State Park, COE parks on Lake 'o The Pines. April would be ideal. And then one could move on down to the Hill Country around Fredericksburg, Kerrville, with a visit to San Antonio. The wildflowers down there are different than those "up here" in East Texas. We have to admit that the Texas Bluebonnets greatly prefer the Hill Country. One could start even earlier out in the Big Bend country. To sum it up: the answer to your question is Spring or Fall would be the best time to visit Texas. Summer? only with two air conditioners and a place to park in the shade. Winter? in THE Valley--lower Rio Grande Valley.
padredw 09/24/17 07:38am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

In general after 30+ years of camping in Texas, we prefer to not plan on extensive trips between May and October. Now that we are full-timers, we don't have the flexibility to stay home. The TT is home. Depending upon where you are - most of the state will see temps hitting the 90s by early May, and 90s and higher temps into October are very common. There will be occasional cool weeks as a front comes through with temps dipping into the 80s at any time. But you cannot plan in advance as to when those will be. Daytime temps into the high 90s and 100s can occur any time between early June and mid-September. The real rough days are those where the LOW temp at night is 80 degrees or above. The coastal ranges and east Texas might not get that hot, but the humidity will be higher and the muggy feeling isn't pleasant. In 2016 we spent the entire summer in Texas, mostly in the Hill country, but some weeks around Dallas and others in East Texas and north of Houston. # of 90+ high temp days we saw were Apr - 3 May - 9 Jun - 22 Jul - 31 Aug - 22 Sep - 26 Oct - 6 100+ days Jun - 1 Jul - 9 Aug - 13 Sep - 3 But remember that's one recent year, the next year could be vastly different. Personally, we find anytime from the second week of October until mid-April to be great camping weather in most of Texas. During the colder months, getting south of I-10, or at least close to I-10 provides nice weather. Not shorts and no shirt weather, but comfortable for being outside. My method to winterize my rig is to head south of I-10.
PawPaw_n_Gram 09/24/17 04:56am Roads and Routes
RE: When to RV in Texas

November is a perfect month to visit Big Bend NP. And Christmas in San Antonio or Fredericksburg is a treat. The hill country can get cold at night in winter--well below freezing at times--but the weather is pleasant for the most part. Big Bend and the Rio Grande Valley are both excellent for birding. Big Bend has some of the best hiking anywhere. Texas is home to several climates, wonderful roads and is a great state for RVing.
mockturtle 09/23/17 10:28pm Roads and Routes
Sort by:    Search within results:

New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2018 CWI, Inc. © 2018 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS