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The weather is getting colder and time to get ready to go where it is warm....I have been to Fla several times...Nice...Have been to texas, RGV..Not bad but too windy..Have not been to Arizona or So Cal...Is it warm??? What are the prices??Is there more or less areas to visit??I like fishing, metal detecting, golf and relaxing in the sun..Whatdo you think?? Bud



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Bud your gonna like Az and Southern Calforina, the weather is nice sun shines most ever day, lots of Golf, lots of Rocks, lots of fishing, lots of things for a Missouri boy to do, check out the Colorado River area while out their,

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Less than a mile away from my daughter's house in Tucson is a 55+ RV Resort which is gated & looks nice from the road. There are two Rincon Country RV Resorts West or East. She lives near the East one.

Another 55+ RV Resort in Tucson: Western Way

Desert Trails is out on the western edge of Tucson, not seen it, just read about it a few weeks ago. Review at Cyberspaces

"This park is hard to rate. If you want peace and quiet, especially in the summer, this is the perfect place. You are away from Tucson and miss typical airplane, train, or highway traffic noise. And we had a great space next to some desert brush. The owner is a terrific guy and gives you a great orientation about places to go and things to see. His orientation was very helpful to us. But, the park does need some serious work; especially the water slides that need to be removed (since they are non-functional now). Nevertheless, I would stay here again, versus another park that is just next door, but very bare. Our rate reflects the CCUSA discount. We camped here in a Motorhome." AND "We chose this park based on the rave reviews by others, but were somewhat disappointed. It appears that it is the friendly owners and guests as well as the activities that make this such a popular place to spend the Winter. The park would benefit greatly by some demolition of the old water park buildings, more modern facilities and cable TV. Many of the sites are just unappealing bare gravel, but since most of the snowbirds had left, we were able to park in a very pleasant spot with lovely desert vegetation all around. Wi-fi reception was spotty and TV reception poor. We would probably try to find a park closer to the city if traveling through here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel." RV Park Reviews

Green Valley is near Tucson a retirement community in fact. Reviews

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+
Neat area north of Tucson Picacho Peak
55+ RV Resort

Tucson ETC

In Yuma Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Ajo has camping but is out in the outback for sure. Never been there. OrganPipe Also in the area Why BLM Free Boondocking

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

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

Lots and lots of winter escapees in Quartzite, with a wide range of camping area, from despersed to campgrounds. *** Town It is a very crowed area in the winter, in a very desolate part of the AZ desert, IMHO. Another post on Q'site

I have never been to the Lake Havasu area at all, but it seems to be a place popular with snowbirds.

Yuma has many places as well, but is a larger town. Pretty desolate there as well. Another place somewhat like Quartizite, but in California, out form Indio, is Slab City which is a popular place to boondock. Free Campsites ** More photos & directions

SoCal, not to sure about places to winter over, but there is lots of stuff to see out there.

Nice area with lots to see and do. We always liked the drive alone PCH and to stop by Leo Carrillo State Park and hope to find it at low tide so we can walk out onto the rocks and check out the tidal pools or even at Point Mugu State Park Mugu 50 miles to LA.

We have not gotten to San Clemente State Beach which is in Orange County but is close to San Diego County.
But have been to Doheny State Beach Dana Point - Orange County but just to swim * State Park * Doheny Campground Or at San Clemente State Beach * Coastline.

I have not been to it. Bolsa Chica State Beach.

When we wanted to be near Malibu. Near but not too close to Malibu: Point Mugu SP also nice but small beach, Leo Carrillo SP excellent & with nice tide pools & Wi-Fi Service but small rocky beach. We stayed at Carpinteria and Point Mugu that summer, and have stayed at Leo Carrillo and Refugio earlier years.

Closer to Malibu: Point Dume SB & Zuma County Beach, we have stopped at Point Dume with its nice sand beach. Camping * Not

Leo Carrillo's campground and Point Mugu Sycamore campground are in wooded canyons up from the beach areas, Mugu has some beach camping as well off a roadway parking area type.

We found Neptune's Net Seafood to have great seafood. The Scene – This glorified roadside shack is situated alongside Malibu's picturesque Pacific Coast Highway. As I remember, it is close to Carillo & Point Mugu. At least it was between Malibu & Point Mugu. Neptune's Site

We drove to the Getty Villa from Point Mugu State Park. But Carrillo might be a nicer place to try of the two. But Mugu is close enough to see Ventura & Oxnard & Getty Villa / Malibu.

Nice tital pools off Leo Carrillo's beach as I mentioned, also small scale ones at Point Mugu's small but sandy beach.

This site might help: RV Park Reviews

The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
Where to Find Us
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Please note that access to the Getty Villa entrance is only from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Getty Villa is on the way to Malibu on PCH in Pacific Palisades, one mile north of Sunset Boulevard. Getty
What to See
Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War and Roman-inspired architecture and gardens.
Admission to the Getty Villa and to all exhibitions is FREE. An advance, timed ticket is required for each adult. Each Villa general admission ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. (This does not apply to tickets for events, such as lectures and performances.) Parking is $10 per car or motorcycle. The Getty Center is near as well, much larger, very neat with a varied art periods. Very worth seeing, if just the buildings & garden. Getty

The Getty Center presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE—no tickets or reservations required for general admission. Parking is $10 per car.
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It is located near the intersection of the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) and the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10). Take the Getty Center Drive exit from the 405 and follow the signs.
Getty Center is in the Hills above Santa Monica between the 101 or Ventura Freeway and Santa Monica. Getty

There is so much to see at the Getty Center, one can spend the whole day and not see it all. The buildings and gardens are a must see in themselves. There is so much art to see, it would take a week to see it correctly. A double must see. The Getty Villa is smaller but a must see as well. They are many miles apart.

The Norton Simon Museum is another really great museum to see in the Los Angles area. It is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeway, is a great smaller art museum with the most significant collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in Southern California. Reflections of modern life captured by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas, who alone is represented by over one hundred works of art, are displayed alongside the vibrant palettes of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Complementing these works are Auguste Rodin’s monumental bronze sculptures, which are displayed in the Museum’s front garden. Paintings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Francisco de Goya mark the beginning of the 19th century and lead to superb examples of mid-century Realism executed by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet. Outstanding paintings by Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard carry us right to the doorstep of 20th-century Modernism. A must see!

The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is another neat aquarium to see. LongBeach
The Queen Mary is also in Long Beach, not far from the Aquarium.
We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market after our visit to the Aquarium. Good food, good service, maybe a little more pricey than some of the other places I have listed. There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Cannery Row in Monterey by the Aquarium as well.

When we to visit this area, we made a day trips form the La Verne/San Dimas Area from my wife's mom's home. But have camped at Leo & Mugu.

More on Trip Along West Coast.

Beach Camping, etc San Diego Area

It would be warmer in AZ & CA than in New Mexico, but more than likely, less expensive in Southern NM; which is far from as cold as NY or Ohio or Dallas. We seldom see any snow, and any we get is gone in a day or two if not sooner in Southern NM. Never had an ice storm in the 38 years I have been in Las Cruces. I was able to ride my motorcycle all last winter without any special winter gear.
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Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico. We are on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Las Cruces is 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM, 275 miles east of Tucson, AZ and 42 miles north of El Paso, TX.

Las Cruces enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures in the summer months routinely reach the high 90s, with nighttime lows in the 60s. The fall air is a bit cooler with daytime highs of mid 70s to low 80s. During the winter, when northern states are digging themselves out from under the snow, Las Cruces basks in daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s. As spring arrives in March and April, temperatures climb steadily from the low to high 80s. Las Cruces receives an average of 8.5 inches of rain per year and no more than two inches of snow in the winter.

Deming is about 60 miles west of Las Cruces and enjoys about the same weather. Attractions in Area
Regional Attractions

Las Cruces Photo Tour.

About 80 miles north of Las Cruces is Elephant Butte with some RV Parks. Simular to Las Cruces but slightly cooler temps. Reviews

Alamogordo is about 75 miles from Las Cruces with simular temps.
Alamo Area

I am a native son of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The "Valley" is much warmer, much more filled with snowbirds or Winter Texans and of course native Texans. There are loads of RV Resorts, I would believe most are 55+ but just guessing. It is very humid down there, which why I am up here, and a little to warm in the winter. Until a blue norther comes down, then it might get 32 degrees. Also we have not had a Hurricane in NM & very seldom a tornado. We do have some winter, but not very much of one. But you might need a medium jacket or coat. It can get cold at night, freezing but it normally is warm in the day. Seldom will it be colder than 20 degrees.

Golfing in Las Cruces

NMSU Golf Course

Good NewMexico Style Mexican Food in Las Cruces

Hope some of this helps. I just do not know anything about the resorts to pass on. There are lots of the 55+ parks in the Phoenix area, but they are in the Phoenix area. Ha! Las Cruces Attractions
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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 in Las Cruces. But I do not believe we have any 55+ Parks, but I put them in for you to see.

Hacienda RV Resort

Sunny Acres RV Park

However, If I were wanting to "winter" in NM in a RV, I would consider buying a NM State Park annual pass. With it in hand, I would spend as long as they would let me at the southern state parks. Moveing on to a new one when the time is up. I have read that if a park is no busy, they have let people stay longer than the written rule. Here are some I'd use:

City of Rocks State Park City

Oliver Lee State Park would be a very good one. Lee

Pancho Villa State Park good one but is in Columbus next to Mexico

Caballo Lake nice place very near Elephant Butte Lake also nice place, did a lot of camping there when we had a boat & Percha Dam nice place on Rio Grande, near Caballo Lake

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

Manzano Mountains very nice camping, higher country early in season maybe.

Oasis should work, on to do list; not too far from Bottomless Lakes not made it to it yet, on my to do list, good early in season.And also on the east side of the state, Brantley Lake on my list to do by Carlsbad, colder over there.

Rockhound not a pretty site but if into rockhounding a neat place by Deming.

Storrie Lake nice place near Las Vegas, NM early in season

Sugarite Canyon by Raton, maybe very early in season only, up north.

Sumner Lake also east side of the state, on my to do list

Not State Parks but neat:
Valley of Fires Recreation Area & BLM Campground Fires

The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site & BLM Campground Rivers

Datil Wells BLM Campground Wells

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We lived in Fl. for 35 years before going full time 3 years ago. This will be our fourth year at Pueblo El Mirage just west of Phoenix. About 15 miles to the city. This RV Resort is fabulous and the only one we have found with an 18 hole championship golf course in the resort. Lots of other activities as well. Lake Pleasant is not too far away but don't really know about the fishing there. Of course you can head over to Quartzite for a day for the big RV rally. Check out Roberts Resorts on the web and then Pueblo El Mirage.


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We go to Fl because our son lives there and our daughter is on the way but, really, its too crowded, expensive and too hard to get into state parks. We've been once to Az, Tx and Ca and found it lower cost, more spread out with less crowded(didn't even make reservations) and liked the absence of humidity.



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Check out everyplace. Lots to see and like in those and other states.

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Go to www.weather.com, type in any U.S. city, click on Month forecast and scroll down to the Averages for any month of the year.

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Wow, thats a lot of info..I will check out some of those sites and try to find a good one...Last year we stayed at lake Okee..Not bad but we need to try another place this year..Thanks for input..Bud


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As for fishing as an activity, SouthTexas would hard to beat.

Many Links for Attractions, etc in South Texas are in this old post.

Here are two places a little closer to the Gulf in Los Fresnos, a very small town on the way to Port Isabel, could be more windy there, closer to the Gulf. I can not say how nice they would be.
Palmdale Resort
Holiday Out

These would be in Port Isabel. Can't say how nice any of these would be. Port Isabel Park Center
Tarpon RV Park

This one is by Arroyo City, but is a lot farther from Port Isabel, but by the Bay. Humming Bird Cove ........Just another option. ??

By Port Mansfield...Bay View RV
Deep Sea Fishing....Charters
Could be others? Not sure where would be best to go from? Another option only.

Away from the coast of RGV there are many RV Parks in Mission, TX which is fairly close to Falcon Lake and Falcon State Park.......Guide.....Fishing Report.....Map.....Tackle....Tackle 2

A little more northwest, up the Rio Grande is Del Rio which is close to the very nice Amistad Nat'l Rec'Area. >>>Park with Attractions Links.

There are some nice places along Texas Gulf Coast.

Rockport & Fulton Area on the Texas Gulf Coast close to Corpus Christi and the Naval Air Station's Campground if you have a milatary background. >>>>Bay Fishing>>>>Fishing 2

Goose Island State Park, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, is located north of Rockport & near Fulton in Aransas County. Nice area by the Gulf of Mexico. I want to do this one someday. We have driven by this area, but have not stayed here. It is one I have on my to do list. Goose Island

Mustang Island State Park with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces County, south of Port Aransas. Fishing We liked this one for the beach. We spend several days here one summer. Mustang Island

As a side note: North of Rockport, Matagorda>>>Information>>>>>>Campgrounds

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New Mexico, Arizona, or California are all great & interesting places to be. Yuma is probably the warmest spot. We've been traveling this whole area for the past 3 seasons & you can check out our travels here........

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