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after a month in the Palm Springs area, we thought we would try Texas for about 6 weeks. Where would be a good place to stay?, we would like to go to the Gulf of Mexico area. Which route would be best via Arizona? Thanks in advance for any information.

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If I was going to winter on the Texas Gulf coast, I'd go to Port Aransas and stay at Pioneer RV. We just left there last week and We LOVED IT! We could live there forever.

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We really enjoyed Bentsen Palms Village in Mission.


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Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Rockport/Fulton are all great places to be. Get down here, find a place to stay short term, and look around. I am sure you will find a place to fall in love with..........and at a cost much less than most places in Florida, and many in Arizona.

Now then, the RGV is also nice I hear. Way too many people down there for our taste, but that is our problem, and many, many people love it down there, so it must have a lot to offer.

Whereever you go, I would be willing to bet that the local folk will treat you very well.

Good luck on what and where ever you choose.

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oh, and try Raintree RV Park in Rockport. We have been staying here for 5 years and love it. This is an equal RVing park as we have 4 or 5 Canadian couples that stay here.

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Yes, via Arizona unless you want to go down into Mexico. Ha!
The quickest route would be to take I-10 all the way to San Antonio, TX then I-37 to Corpus Christi or at least towards it. Once in the area you can go up the coast or on down to the Lower Rio Grande Velley.

If you like to get off the interstates to travel, take US 90 at Van Horne to go the "river" route to the Lower Rio Grande Valley; take US 277 at Del Rio on to Carrizo Springs then US 83 the rest of the way via Laredo, Mission, etc.

Wintering/Snowbirding Southern New Mexico & Arizona. ** Varied Possible Areas in Texas to Winter

Getting to your winter spot, you might find some of these neat to see on the way there.
In Arizona:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseac........d/23291561/gotomsg/23291807.cfm#23291807

Chiricahua National Monument by Willcox is great, been there will go back. Chiricahua

Close by Chiricahua Nat'l Mon there is the neat ruins of a fort, some hiking to get to it. Fort Bowie National Historic Site is worth the 3 mile round-trip walk for the best experience of Fort Bowie National Historic Site. If you physically can not walk the trail, please contact the visitor center staff at 520-847-2500 for directions to the alternate access. Fort

In the Bisbee Area: The town itself is neat to walk around in and we enjoyed the art galleries. The Queen Mine Tour was neat, we enjoyed it. Tombstone is very tourist trap site, if you get my meaning. The old Court House was interesting. Site of a lot of wild west history, but very commercial. Queen

Near Wilcox is The Amerind Foundation Texas Canyon a ethnological, anthropological, archaeological museum and art gallery with paintings by 20th century Anglo and Native American artists. We enjoyed the art gallery and the museum. A neat out of the way, hidden site in the boulders of Texas Canyon. The Amerind is located in Cochise County, one mile south of Interstate 10, only about an hour east of Tucson, between Benson and Willcox. It is easy to find - just look for Dragoon Road exit, #318, and head south until you see mile marker 1 on one side of the road and the Amerind entrance on the other. http://www.amerind.org/
Cochise Strong Hold is in the same area. Stronghold

In the Tucson area: Saguaro National Park near Tucson is great to see. Two sections seperated by Tucson. East and West.
Saguaro


The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is really great (a zoo mainly without bars mostly) is over on the west side of Tucson by the Saguaro Nat'l Park and Old Tucson (the movie set/theme park). The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is a must see for sure. Zoo
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In New Mexico:
City of Rocks State Park Rocks
City of Rocks Or Pancho Villa State Park Pancho

Texas State Parks are really nice: Parks
South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area, south of Junction is great as is Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County east of Johnson City. We have been to both. Llano
Falls
LBJ's Ranch is near Johnson City as well as a Texas State Wildflower Museum-like place, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is between JC and Fredericksburg (neat place to see as well), across the road from the LBJ Ranch a National Park now. LBJ Ranch
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Balmorhea State Park is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains southwest of Balmorhea and nearby Davis Mountains State Park (along with the famous Big Bend Nat'l Park) are very nice places and one could spend a long time at each. Been to all except Davis, but it is nice areas, be sure to visit the old Ft. Davis a nice place to see. Balmorhea

Goliad State Park is located by Goliad with a nice campground on the San Antonio River. (a lot of Texas History in this area, some from same time as the famous Alamo fight) Been to it and would go back.Goliad

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We highly recommend Victoria Palms Resort in Donna Texas .

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Here's several more places I would suggest.

Drop down to I-8 and go south at Gila Bend on 85 into Ajo - 2 great Mexican resturants on the north end going into "town". Go on south and take in the Organ Pipe NP.

Come back north to Why - don't blink or you'll miss it - and take Highway 86 east into Tucson.

Along I - 10 east of Tucson I would recommend Butterfields RV Park at Benson - great observatory that you can take in at night on site. The 2 or 3 trains that roar through town at night are noisey however! Take a tour of Karchner Caverns - will need reservations.

I WOULD recommend Tombstone! Yes, very commercialized overall, but it is a western landmark. Go through the courthouse and the old newspaper office and you'll get the feeling of the real history. Boothill should be toured as well. The worlds largest rose tree is worth a visit as well.

We resign ourselves to I-10 to get into Texas. At Las Cruces, go south into LaMesa, but leave your rig at the visitors center. Streets are WAY to narrow for an RV, but a great little southwestern plaza town.

Into Texas, drop down into Big Bend NP, but make sure you have filled all tanks, fuel and water. The park is BIG!! If you don't want to get that far south into that part of Texas, stay on I-10 to Kent, then take 118 through the Davis Mts. to Fort Davis. Great drive and lots of history at Ft. Davis. Drop south to Alpine and take 90 east on into the RGV. On 90, take the loop into Langtry TX and Judge Roy Bean fame.

From Brownsville and the RGV, you have all of the gulf coast to enjoy with sunshine, white beaches and great seafood!!

Enjoy your trip.


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Those two gave you a good idea of whats out there. Sadly, of all mentioned I disliked Tombstone the most. Just way way to commercialized. We stay at Ransom Rd in Aransass Pass. Free ferry rides over to the island and nice round trip into Corpus Christie. We will be there mid Nov to Dec before heading into the Valley. As stated both Victoria and Llano Grande Rv parks are nice but higher end but there are also a lot of parks in the Valley. Just type in any town along the valley highway and there will be a listing of the parks.
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sandybc wrote:

after a month in the Palm Springs area, we thought we would try Texas for about 6 weeks. Where would be a good place to stay?, we would like to go to the Gulf of Mexico area. Which route would be best via Arizona? Thanks in advance for any information.

I 10 is a very good way to get to south TX. Donna TX has 4-6 camp grounds. There is a crossing to Mexico that is very nice close to Donna.It is a very clean place.


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LaMesa is a different place, south of Las Cruces towards El Paso, RE: "At Las Cruces, go south into LaMesa, but leave your rig at the visitors center. Streets are WAY to narrow for an RV, but a great little southwestern plaza town." The one they ment is Mesilla, sometimes called La Mesilla or Old Mesilla.

La Mesa is "famous" for Chope's Restaurant and it's chilies rellenos, enchiladas, tamales, and tacos. I have been hearing about Chope's for years, but have not gone there. And La Mesa is on the way to Kilbourne Hole * BLM Site.

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