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Posted: 09/11/10 02:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to be traveling from Artesia, NM to Alamagordo, NM around mid October this year. Will be in our 38ft DP and Jeep toad. Cant remember if any low bridges or tunnels on that route as it was 10yrs since we went and only in our SUV. Weather around that time? Any advice welcome and we are aware of alternate route from Roswell to Tularosa. Thanks in advance.


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"The only highway tunnel in Southern New Mexico is at the 7.3 mile mark on the climb up to Cloudcroft. A parking area just west (downhill) of the tunnel affords a spectacular view of Fresnal Canyon which has some prehistorical sites, White Sands, and the Tularosa Basin." This is coming up from Alamogordo.

Weather should be ok, unless an unusual, for the time of year, snow storm should develop. As far as I can remember, DPs fit through it. I can not remember clearance numbers. But I can read them on the photo below: 17'.

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Photo taken at the pull off just past the tunnel going down to Alamo.

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At the Tunnel Vista on way to & from Cloudcroft with White Sands in Distance.

Cloudcroft Area and Alamogordo Area

Yes to bypass, at Artesia, to Roswell; but there is an off shoot before Ruidoso - take US 380 follow it to Carrizozo, you will be passing Billy the Kid Country & Lincoln (off the route some but connected to the Lincoln County War Fort Stanton) & Smokey Bear in Capitan, & the neat Valley of Fire BLM Campground. But shouldn't have to, unless 17' isn't enough for your rig or you just want to see some country side.

If you get to Las Cruces Area, maybe This CLICKY will be of help.

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DesertHawk, thanks for the info and it was helpful. Brought back memories and looking forward to seeing it again. 17ft is clearance in the centre so should be OK for the DP at 12ft 6inch keeping to the traffic lanes and two should be able to pass in the tunnel. The sticky about the border is very truthful. We have been Workamping in Alpine, TX for 5 months and 3 of the full time residents were Texas Rangers brought in specialy for border problems between El Paso and Presidio. The storys we discuss about what goes on around border towns especially Juarez would scare the pants of you. Brave guys all of these Rangers. No way would we venture over the border at present.

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Sorry to hijack an old thread, how is Alpine this time of year. I'm going to be heading to Houston and I'd like to stop for a month just south of Alpine to do some astrophotography.

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Hi Scubabri,
Alpine is very pleasent this time of year with plenty of clear skies at night and great temps with sunshine in the day. We are leaving this Friday after being here six months as Workampers at the Lost Alaskan RV Park. Great for stargazing here as not much light pollution. Hope you get down this way and we can recommend this park.

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I'm heading out next tuesday, going to try and stay at the LaVista park, just south of Alpine. one of the complaints was it was too dark. works for me [emoticon]

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Desert Hawk, we'll be looking for some of your advice in a few months. We are relocating to Roswell next month after years in California. Plan on coming through from AZ to Las Cruces the week before Thanksgiving, then Roswell on the 20th or so.


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