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We are heading out from the Ft. Worth Texas area West Bound on Interstate 20 until it merges with Interstate 10 to Casa Grande AZ with is just South of Phoenix AZ. Looking for campgrounds for overnight and things to do along the way.



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Do you prefer state or private RV parks? Nature or man-made stuff?

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Balmorhea State Park at Balmorhea, TX.
At Fort Stockton, there's an rv park about 2 miles east of town and there's a couple in town..nothing fancy, just good for overnights and inexpensive.
There are some decent rv parks in Demming NM...just drive into town along the main drag.
Benson AZ has some decent ones.

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RE: Balmorhea & Fort Stockton, they are off I-10 to the east of the junction of I-20 & I-10 about 30 miles. 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 Fort Davis a nice place to see. Balmorhea
Big Bend Park maybe not great for a summer trip, but very neat in the fall, winter and spring.

Monahans Sandhills State Park is about a half-hour's drive west of Odessa on I-20 close to the meeting of I-10. A neat place, it seems, but I have never stopped. Sandhills

City of Rocks State Park City is off I-10 from Deming, NM about 30 miles, but it would be a nice overnight area as well as a place to see and do.

Rockhound not a pretty site but if into rockhounding a neat place by Deming. But the Spring Canyon Recreation Area, a day-use area located across the valley in the foothills of the Florida Mountains and includes picnic sites and hiking trails, is very nice/scenic. Rockhound

Before Deming on I-10, Las Cruces Photo Tour.

Mesilla is near by as is Stahmann Farms and other pecan growers and Fort Selden State Monument and not too far is Cloudcroft and Alamogordo. Cloudcroft is near White Sands Nat'l Monument as well as White Sands Missile Range. Cloudcroft is very near Sunspot as well. Visitors Welcome.

For some good chile dishes: Here are some nice places to get Southern New Mexico Mexican Style Food in Las Cruces. Enchiladas are often flat New Mexico style, not rolled, but not always. I ask for whole beans, so much better if they have them than re-fried. Salsa can be really great, not so good...depending on the kick & the taste.

El Sombrero Patio Cafe El Sombrero
(575) 524-9911
363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM
very good maybe #1 for us
No problem with service
Good Salsa, great whole beans
not open on Sunday
Espina is just past a bowling alley both on the right. A long block past.

Nopalito Restaurant Nopalito
310 S. Mesquite St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
second to El Sombrero
Mesquite crosses Amador and Lohman
From the West: Turn Left off Lohman, From the East: Right off Amador, Mesquite is 4 or 5 Blocks past Espina &
El Sombrero.
Not open on Wednesdays.
Great Salsa, but no whole beans. Re-fires are good.

Nellie's Cafe Nellies
(575) 524-9982
1226 W Hadley Ave, Las Cruces, NM
many in town really like this one
it can be very hot as well
only breakfast & lunch

Si Senor Restaurant Si Senor
(575) 527-0817
1551 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
A chain but good food, mild to hot chile
It will be before you get to Solano a large intersection.
West: Left off Lohman just pass Solano
with the plates, you get sopias included
They now have a Si Senor Express at the corner of Lohman & Solano across from the Carl's Jr. as well.

Roberto's Mexican Food Roberto's **** Roberto's
(575) 523-1851
908 E Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Can be very hot
Not open on Sunday
This is across the street and down a bit from El Sombrero Patio Cafe.
Roberto is the man who makes the largest enchalata in the world @ The Whole Enchilada Fiesta Whole.... Festival

All of these (Except Nellie's) are on or just off E Amador Ave and if you are getting off I-25 at (exit 3) Lohman Ave, Lohman Ave turns into E. Amador Ave as one travels west as it becomes a one way street. And traveling from the west, use exit 139 on I-10, Amador will turn into Lohman once it becomes a one way street.

If you are looking for things from New Mexico, plus things Mexico & South America, just to the west of Las Cruces is Historic Old Mesilla. If you are looking for Indian jewelry or other crafts, Mesilla may have better buys than up north, mostly the same stuff. Mesilla Exit 140, I-10.

Mesilla has a couple of restaurants, the Double Eagle ( Double-Eagle ) and La Posta ( La Posta ), both with more atmosphere than the ones I listed above. Not sure if the food is any better. Mesilla & Mesilla.com

Ghosts of Mesilla: Ghosts and Haunts
I had many high school students who working as bus-boys, etc claimed encounters with them there as well as a fellow teacher who told of working on sets at the Fountain Theater late at night. When the lights would all keep going off, a Hispanic member of the cast cursed the spirit out in Spanish and afterwards the lights did not turn off again. [emoticon]

Kortsen/West Pinal County Park Off I-8 Located on SR 84 about 1 mile east of I-8 exit 151. 15 miles from Ak-Chin Casino/Maricopa; 25 miles west of Casa Grande. Casino parking lot allows overnight parking in designated areas as well. Parking lot

Picacho Peak State Park is about 25 to 30 miles from Tucson on I-10, exit 219. Picacho

Tucson Mountain Park and Gilbert Ray Campground Camping and Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. StatePark

Snider Hill - Free Boondocking and Free Campsites

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. DesertMuseum

Saguaro National Park near Tucson is great to see. Two sections seperated by Tucson. East and West. Nat'l Park

East Side one can camp at Colossal Cave.

These are some things I'd like to see DeGrazia Gallery & Tucson Museum of Art & Tucson Botanical Gardens & Sabino Canyon & Pima Canyon at End of Magee Road in Oro Valley; Pima Canyon rivals Sabino Canyon in grandeur, and it just never gets as crowded. From the parking lot at the end of Magee Road, the trail takes you into a pristine high-desert canyon that seems to be hundreds of miles from any urban area. You're likely to see most of the birds common to the Sonoran Desert such as cardinals, rock wrens and band verdins, but the real treat for any hiker is to watch the silhouette of a golden eagle soaring above the cliffs; if you're really lucky, you might even spot some Bighorn Sheep high on the rocks above you. You can turn around anytime, or decide to continue the strenuous hike all the way up to Mt. Lemmon. Also Colossal Cave.

And other Things to Do in Tucson. And of course places to eat Tuscon, Bisbee, etc.

East of Tucson by Willcox a free place to overnight Stout's Cider Mill & AZ Vistor Center

More Tucson Stuff

I see a 55+ campground off I-10 just west of Deming, NM in the southern part of NM. 81 Palms

Reviews of RV Resorts in Deming.

Hidden Valley Ranch and Low Hi Ranch RV Park

Here are some RV Parks in Las Cruces.

Hacienda RV Resort easiest to get to, just of I-10 exit 140.

Sunny Acres RV Park

About 16 miles north of Las Cruces on I-25, Leasburg Dam near Las Cruces, nice desert camping or by the Rio Grande. Leasburg
Mesilla is near by as is Stahmann Farms and other pecan growers and Fort Selden State Monument

Off I-10 at Benson, AZ,In the Bisbee/Tombstone Area, the town of Bisbee itself is neat to walk around in and we enjoyed the art galleries. The Queen Mine Tour was neat, we enjoyed it. Tombstone is a very tourist trap site, if you get my meaning. The old Court House was interesting. Tombstone was the site of a lot of wild west history, but is now very commercial.
Neat Tour - Queen Mine

You could use Kartchner Caverns State Park - as base to see both Bisbee & Tombstone in a day trip. When we went to the area last, we stayed in a hotel off I-10 in Benson and did both as a day trip, then drove back to Las Cruces. It was my son-in-laws first time to see them.

Near Wilcox is The Amerind Foundation ( Amerind Art Gallery is Neat ) 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. Amerind.Org Cochise Strong Hold is in the same area, drove to it but did not camp, a nice setting. Cochise Stronghold

Chiricahua National Monument by Willcox is great, been there will go back. Chiricahua NPS but if rigs are too long for the Nat'l Mon Campground in the Coronado National Forest above it you can desperse camp for free.

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

Small town of Wilcox maybe an hour or so from Tucson. Reviews & Others

Closer to Tucson in Benson there is a 55+ RV Resort, NO make that TWO. - Others & Reviews

Other nearby Cities from Benson With RV Parks
Saint David, 4.78 miles SE
Huachuca City, 19.73 miles S
Tombstone, 22.34 miles SE
Sierra Vista, 28.53 miles S
Fort Huachuca, 28.73 miles SW

North of Tucson towards PhoenixCasa Grande 55+

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Texas RV Park of Big Spring is really nice...indoor pool and hot tub. It's about 4 miles South of I20.
KOA in Abilene...I don't remember much other than it was a pleasent stay.
Parks are pretty thin West TX to Tucson.

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There is a campground in Pecos, not far off the interstate. OK for overnight. There is also a cg one block s of the interstate, one block w of the K mart in Sweetwater, again, ok for overnight. Sweetwater is probably a little to close to Ft Worth for the overnight, but Pecos might be far enough out for the first night. Happy trip to you, wish I were going too.

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El Paso Tx. Sunland Race Track has free drycamping and a limited number of plug in sites for $5.00 a night. Actually located just over the line in Sunland NM. This is a great oernight stop because they had a nice buffet restaurant for $9.99 all inclusive. We even hung around for a couple of races to watch the pony's do their stuff.

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