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reddwar

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Posted: 10/12/11 10:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thinking of going down to Del Rio, Tx for Nov. & Dec. Where is a good place to stay?

Now I have wanted to go to Del Rio sence the summer I graduated when I would listen to Wolfman Jack & little Oscar out of Del Rio. Wish I would have sent that dollar in for a picture of them & I had it now.

I am told down the Rio Grand at Laredo is not where anyone would want to be. But I here Del Rio is still a nice place just do not know where to stay.

After first of the year will be going to Quartzsite. Any one know info on Ameri-Can Trails, formerly Sweet's Retreat RV Park?

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Hi,

When I am in Quartzsite, I like to stay in the free BLM campground that is about 7 miles north of town. You can stay there free for up to 14 days. If the place looks like a trash heap, they might kick you out sooner, but if you look like you just arrived yesterday, and perhaps move to another location while out filling the propane tank anyway, I have been known to stay a little over the 2 week limit.

There is long term dry camping south of town, where hundreds of RV's stay for the winter. It is $140 for something like a 6 or 8 month long pass that expires in April. Or you can do 2 weeks for $20.

If you like hookups and electric power, there are many parks in town. One was just $14 the last time I was there, but the sites are tiny. I would rather be 7 miles north of town, on hard packed gravel, and neighbors more than 300' away from me.!

There is a fish fry at one of the local bars on friday nights, about $10 for all you can eat, or a couple of dollars less during the week for a hearty portion of fish and chips. It is on highway 95, about a mile - mile and a half north of the SHell gas station, on the right.

IF you have your mail forwarded to "General Delivery Quartzsite" during the winter, you can expect to stand in a LONG line with another 500 people that thought the same thing. Blyth might be a better and less crowded post office, or if you plan on staying in a RV park, they might be able to allow you to have your mail sent there once in a while.

I have explored several of the washes that cut through town, north to south, and avoid all the traffic. I drove them first in my dune buggy tow vehicle (a street legal Manx buggy) then in a Honda CRV, and now another Manx.

I found some Wi-Fi hot spots south of town, near the airport (don't expect much of their airport, it is for only light planes, less than 6 passengers) near the trailer park.

There are 4 or 6 BLM campgrounds that surround Quartzsite. Most are dusty, only the one along Polomosa Road ( I am sure I spelled that wrong) is hard packed gravel, not sand and dust. All can accomidate over 500 RV's, so don't worry about finding someplace to park.

What I might recommend is finding a place to dry camp for a couple of nights, then drive through town, find a suitable RV park that you like, and the price is right. Then move to that spot. Some Rv'ers come back to the same park year after year, and get to be good friends with the park owners.

You will find that those out in the free dry camping areas have lots of solar panels on the roof, and they tend to avoid parking right next to each other. There is a couple of solar sales/installation places in town too. Shop around for the best deal, then go back to the one that you like, and try to bargin again, and get something thrown in for free. Then take lunch, and come back again. You might get something else thrown in for free. Who knows?

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Del Rio has several RV parks on the northwest side going out highway 90.
They're all ok to good.
Out at the road to the dam, there is a Federal campground, no hookups, called Governor's Landing, just after you make the turn west, there is a road going right, small sign pointing the way to the campground. Great views of the lake.
For water and dumping, the Federal site is at Diablo East marina and campgrounds, etc. easy to get to, closer in toward Del Rio, about 2 or 3 miles south of the dam road.

If you drive over to Mexico:
the street goes in with one way traffic.
you can go down about 5 or 6 blocks, then turn left and turn left at the next
street and go back to the exit point. pretty easy in and out.
you can park on the side streets more easily than the main streets, but you might get lucky.


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Quartzsite has many rv parks, all prices and amenities. There is a new one on Hwy 95(Central Ave) north, it is Quail Run rv park. Saw it being built last winter. Looks nice and clean. We stay on private lot in Rainbow acres sw of Q. January is a very busy month with all the rock and gem dealers and hundreds of vendors from junk to treasures. If you can dry camp on BLM, its a good deal as far as price goes. check our rvpark reviews, there is one for Ameri-can park, and lots of others.. Its a clean park, right on hwy 05 in town..This is our 8th yr in Q, just really enjoy ourselves and the metal detectors clubs and the QIA with all their activities..Dona


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Wish I could remember the name but last winter we spent 2 nights in a private campground several miles west of Del Rio and I would recommend it. It appeared to be an older campground, nothing fancy but quite reasonable with especially low long term rates. As I recall around $300/month. Just to the north, a large lake/reservoir.


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Can't help much with Del Rio or Quartzsite, only just driven by or stopped to eat/get fuel (did spend one night at a motel at each).

RV Park Reviews - Del Rio

Here's some sites & sights between the two which might be of some help:

On the way to Q'site, Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site, located west of Comstock near Langtry should be neat to see. I have this one on my to see list someday. We have stopped at the Langtry Visitor Center and at the Pecos River Overlook, both neat; all northwest of Del Rio.

[emoticon] Big Bend Area woud be neat if you haven't been before. From Del Rio, I'd enter by the East entrance via Marathon, exit via the West then up to Alpine. Top off fuel at Marathon.

Alpine to Van Horn would be the closest route to the 1-10. From Van Horn you could detour to Carlsbad Caverns, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park ( Guadalupe ), located in far West Texas on US 62/180. The driving distance is about 110 miles east to El Paso, Texas from this area. Take TX route 54 from Van Horn to reach US 62/180. Do not go into El Paso itself, take a Loop (TX 375) to loop around El Paso, this loop become TransMountain Road (TX 375) which will take you to I-10. Or if wanting to see White Sands Nat'l Mon't, before the loop become Transmountain, Take US 54 North to Alamogordo, NM.

White Sands Nat'l Monument - Alamogordo Area. North of Alamogordo and/or East of San Antonio near Carrizozo, Valley of Fires BLM Campground is a first rate campground with electric & water hookups, good dump station and a fine shower house. Pics & description can be found: Campground and Cloudcrof, Lincoln/Capitan, Carrizozo/White Oaks.

[emoticon] In case you are hungry when in Las Cruces, Southern NM style Mexican Food is the best you will find anywhere. IMHO.
Las Cruces area NM Mexican food plus camping and attractions in the area. Leasburg Dam State Park near Las Cruces, nice desert camping above the Rio Grande if needing a different place to stay in the area. Fort Selden State Monument is just next door as well. Ft. Selden was the boyhood home of Gen. Douglas McArthur.

Just to the west of Las Cruces is Historic Old Mesilla. If you will be looking for Indian jewelry or other crafts, Mesilla may have better buys than up north, mostly the same stuff. Also Mexico & South American crafts. Shopping in Mesilla

If you haven't been to the City of Rocks SP, 30 some miles north of Deming, it is a neat place, well worth a visit. City of Rocks* & North of City of Rocks is Silver City. Silver City Area -Videos

South of Deming in Columbus, Pancho Villa SP with Mexico a few steps away.

It is hard to find a less expensive place to camp than New Mexico State Parks. Unlike Texas and Colorado state parks, no entry fees on top of the camping fees. Free showers and nice restrooms as well and for $4 more you can have electric, too.

Here is an old post dealing with mostly things off of or near I-10 in New Mexico & AZ: [emoticon] Clicky

In Arizona, the Chiricahua National Monument by Wilcox is a neat place. The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, just west of Tucson 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. Tucson Mountain Park and Gilbert Ray Campground in near by. I drove into the campground last spring, it wouldn't be a bad place to spend some time. I believe it is first come/first served which I prefer. Kartchner Caverns State Park from what I have read should also be a neat place, we have not gone yet.

My Daughter & family live in Tucson, which has proven to be a neat city, easy to get around in, with many things to see and do around it. Never camped there, however. But visit often. Maybe something in this will help out: [emoticon] Clicky.

This old Snowbirding Post might have something of interest for you.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia wrote:

A group of business leaders at Del Rio, Texas, wanted to establish a museum to commemorate Wolfman Jack's stint in the border town where he first began his career at radio AM station XERF. Those involved with the project were not successful in raising the required funds necessary to build the museum, and disagreements with the DJ's estate over securing the rights to use copyrighted materials including Wolfman Jack's name on the project, eventually led to the project's failure.

I'd never drive over into Mexico. Walk or take a Trolly if possible. Trollies in El Paso (very safe in El Paso itself) (Trolly, I have not heard about any of them getting fired upon or shot up, but people are still being kill almost weekly over in Ciudad Juárez; often at night, but somewhat better), Easy Walk in Columbus border crossing - no bridge/river. Not sure about Del Rio. Bridge Crossing

[emoticon] Not sure if you will use US 83 to get down into Texas or not.......We drove US 83 from Liberal, KS to Minot, ND, both directions a few years ago; we found the plains scenic and enjoyed the drive.

In Nebraska, the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park – North Platte, Nebraska and Camping; never stopped there, but driven by on US 83; nice looking campground by the river.

A little too close to your area in SD to be viable, but....my son & family as well as my wife & I have done an overnight at Smith Falls State Park - Valentine, Nebraska.

There is the Rosebud Casino at the state line in SD a few miles north of Valentine as well. I believe they allow overnighting. Rosebud
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US 83 in Kansas:
There is a nice place on the western part of the Kansas off US 83. My son, his wife and 9 month daughter visited this state park and gave glowing reviews some yrs ago. It even has a New Mexico connection.

Lake Scott State Park
"The valley, along US-83 about 30 miles south from the Oakley exit of I-70 (180 miles west of Salina), has a storied past. Long before Europeans arrived in North America, migrating Native Americans camped there. In 1680, a short-lived pueblo was built along the creek. The El Quartelejo Pueblo ruins, believed to mark the northernmost pueblo settlement in America, are now a National Historic Landmark. You can visit the ruins at the park and learn more about the pueblo at the El Quartelejo Museum in Scott City, 15 miles south of the lake."

"A dam built across the valley 71 years ago created the 110-acre spring-fed lake. Visitors can swim, boat and fish in the cool waters. Rent a paddleboat or canoe at the bathhouse. Hiking and equestrian trails fan out from the lake, past cattail marshes and up yucca-studded slopes."

Lake Scott

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Description:
"Hidden in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, and craggy bluffs. The 1,020-acre park surrounds the 100-acre, springfed Scott State Fishing Lake."

"The park has 55 utility campsites, including some with 50-amp service and water hookups. Three modern shower buildings, 100 primitive campsites and several vault toilets are also available. Visitors enjoy a swimming beach and playground, and a privately operated concessions building stocks camping and fishing supplies. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are available at the concession facility seasonally."

"Nature trails accommodate hikers, horseback riders, and naturalists and provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife in natural habitats. Wild turkey, deer, bobcat and beaver are common in the area. A horse camp area provides amenities for equestrian visitors."

"Rich in history, this park provides an ideal setting for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. Hunting is allowed at the adjacent public hunting area. The Steele home, the dwelling of the original settlers on the area, has been preserved much as it was 100 years ago. The park also boasts the northernmost pueblo in the U. S. - El Quartelejo." Pueblo

We did two overnights in Liberal, KS at the Wal-Mart. Nice and roomy place.

[emoticon] Caprock Canyons State Park, from what I have read, it seems like a very neat area to see. Caprock Canyons is home of the official Texas State Bison Herd. Activities: Viewing wildlife, Horseback riding, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking, Swimming, Rock climbing, Mountain biking.
State Park Site *** More Info *** Some Pics

Near Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is another one which seems interesting.

Or perhaps this would be one closer to the route to Del Rio, [emoticon] Abilene State Park southwest of Abilene, TX and near Buffalo Gap.

As well as Wichita Bend Campground in Wichita Falls, TX or Lake Arrowhead State Park nearby. Not been to Arrowhead, but did stop by W'ita Bend to use the dump station a few years ago. We have also stayed a few days/nights at W'ita Falls RV Park. My son stayed a month or so while doing training at the AF Base.

At San Angelo, TX, there is a State Park, never been to San Angelo.

This is a good site to find Free or Almost Free Campgounds. For Del Rio and for Langtry as well as Langtry Rest Stop. >>>> Texas Rest Stops

I've never stopped, but tempted to, Caverns of Sonora, they say it's a National Natural Landmark, a unique cave located 8 miles west of the town of Sonora, Texas, and a world-class cave. They have a campground as well.

If you think you will be spend a lot of time in Texas State Parks, purchase of a Park Pass could save you some ca$h. Not have to pay the daily entry fees on top of camping fees. To receive exciting discounts, I believe they mail them to you. So may want to order before going. Find a Park - Texas
Fee information for specific parks is available on that particular parks web site by clicking on the "Fees" link.

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If you are retired Military, there is a famcamp 6 miles east of Del Rio at Laughlin AFB or one at the lake, west of Del Rio. If you are an Elks member, the Elks Lodge there has a decent RV park associated with the Lodge, just east of downtown on San Felipe Springs Rd, right on the river. Other than that, all RV parks in Del Rio are located on the west side of the city, anywhere from 3 to 8 miles out of town. There is a good Chinese restaurant just south of WalMart and there is a Rudy's BBQ in the same area. For the best Mexican food in town, try the restaurant at the SE corner of W De la Rosa St & Margarita Ave in an old strip mall.


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I'm at Broke Mill RV Park at the present and have been here for seven weeks. I needed a year off from traveling over the past 6 years and moved over here when I tired of Tucson. This is the best park in the area and I have checked them all. I'm paying $300/month plus electric.
For the life of me I can't see why people are afraid of this area. The shooting at Falcon Lake, over 200 miles southeast of here last year scared a lot of people away. Laughlin AFB is here. Do you think for one minute the cartels would like to upset the USAF (I'm ex Navy)? If that isn't enough proof of how safe this area, Del Rio is also the regional headquarters for the Border Patrol and just tonight at dinner someone joked that there is probably one border patrol officer for every ten residents. They are all over the place.

Business have suffered here because of unfounded fears. From my experiences this place is preferred over anything in the RGV and the winter temps are 10-15 degrees warmer than the Hill Country.

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rpj I looked up Broke Mill RV Park & it looks good so will be calling them. The people I talk to tell me Del Rio is one of the few town where you can cross over in to Mexico along with Progreso & Rocky Point.

Texan how close are you working to Del Rio? No I did not retire from the USAF. I liked going to Korea but had to get 10 miles from the base to see real Korea, did not like state side at all.

DesertHawk I will have to stop at a few of the places you talked about. Big Bend any one ever take 170 west to Presidio? If bad road will not take our 5er.

We do not have a generator so no Boondocking and Dry Camping I will stay a night or two but that is it.

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We are about 120-150 miles from Del Rio currently. Yes, Villa Acuna is a safe place to cross and spend a few hours now and then. We like the area and spend time there whenever we can.

I too, remember that radio station, called The voice of the west with 50000 watts, "XERF in Del Rio Texas with our transmitters located in Villa Acuna". Spent many a night as a kid listening to it, even tho we were less than 50 miles as the crow flies, from that powerful transmitter.

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