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Posted: 11/16/09 10:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering what a good location woudl be in this area. Mining towns, creeks, lakes etc...

No need for OHV park, but would be adventuring on a 2-up quad with me and the wife.


I heard about Roosevelt lake and Apache Trail.

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Lots of cool places to ride out of Parker, AZ. Not sure if that is far enough south for you.

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Check this recent post, somewhat simular AZ information.

Mescalero Sands is over on the eastern side of New Mexico near Roswell. It is a FourWheeler area. I have not been to Mescalero Sands. I can not find a link stating how far the drive is from the HWY.

Also a birding area in the spring. A video from Mescalero Sands - White Sands - El Paso Area Sandhills.

These are some other New Mexico BLM campgrounds and are very nice and just off paved HWYs ** Valley of Fires BLM ** Datil Well BLM

** Aguirre Spring BLM But this one may not suited for your rig? Sign

** Misc. Sites NM AZ TX.

Other areas in New Mexico:
City of Rocks State Park is neat as well off I-10 north of Deming. City of Rocks

Ruidoso & Cloudcroft areas maybe a little cold in January however.

Southern New Mexico *** White Sands & Carlsbad Caverns Areas ** Caverns Photos:

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Leasburg Dam State Park near Las Cruces, nice desert camping or by the Rio Grande.

NM, AZ & TX ** Public Camping NM ** Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge * Bosque * Best in Winter

Camping by Lakes New Mexico ** Pancho Villa SP ** Valley of Fires BLM ** Datil Well BLM ** City of Rocks State Park

Photos City/Rocks ** City of Rocks ** More NM & AZ

Kilbourne Hole South, Southwest of Las Cruces is a unique feature with lots of BLM land around the area to roam on.
Gems ** UTEP GEO ** BLM ** Map ** Wiki
My first trip, soon after moving here about 38 yrs ago, was in a two wheel drive pickup. But the other times were in 4x4 Jeep CJs or 4x4 Scout II or an enduro motorcycle. There are some neat lava flows out that way as well. The route I would take later on was cutting through one. Found it just exploring on my bike one day. One side of the hole has really high sand dunes along it, very neat with 4x4 or a bike. Got high centered once in a jeep on a low sand hill with plants on the top. No shovel, poor jack, took some hand digging to get loose. Not fun! Brings back memories. May have to give it a try on my XT250. You should be able to get a map of the area with the lava flows marked from the BLM office in Las Cruces. At least it would be worthwhile to ask them. BLM Las Cruces Las Cruces District Office Bureau of Land Management 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370 (575) 525-4300 (575) 525-4412 FAX

[emoticon] But back to SW AZ as asked:

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Ajo off of I-8 has camping but is out in the outback for sure. Never been there. OrganPipe Also in the area Why BLM Free Boondocking *** AZ BLM web page.

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 Picacho is off I-10 30 miles or so north of Tucson.

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

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 of Tucson, one can camp at Colossal Cave.

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. It could be snow in this area, but it is not for sure to have any.

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

Snider Hill - Free Boondocking and Free Campsites

BLM and other sites in Arizona

Additional, but maybe too far north in January? Navajo Nat'l Monument

This might be a nice area, but I have never been there. Patagonia Lake State Park access is from State Route 82 between Patagonia and Nogales.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve is located within the Upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona, but again this is one on my to do list. Camping & More Camping

List of other places in the area.

Such as Carr Canyon Road is 7 miles south of the Fry Blvd./Hwy 92 intersection on the east side of Sierra Vista; it is 2.3 miles from Hwy 92 to the Carr House, 8.5 miles to the campgrounds. Ordinary passenger cars can negotiate the upper stretches of Carr Canyon Road, but high clearance is helpful. Warning: Large RVs and vehicles pulling trailers may not be able to negotiate the tight curves on this narrow mountain road! However, the campgrounds and upper part of the road are usually closed in winter due to heavy snow and ice in the higher elevations.

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