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caysea7254 wrote:

We will be leaving Dec. to travel out west to see sites in Southern Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and other states. We fulltime so we do not have a time schedule. Not sure what are the best routes to take to see interesting places along way. Any suggestions are very appreciated. Thank you Tara

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Tara, if you are full timing and have unlimited time, my advice would be to stay off the interstates. The two-lane roads are far more interesting.

Yes, they take longer, and yes, they are less safe on an accidents-per-mile-driven basis, or so they say. But they are fun, and you never know what you'll see in the small towns along the way!


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Hi,

You might want to consider getting some of these e-books. I suspect they'll help quite a bit with your travel planning.

We were at Organ Pipe Cactus in 2018. Soooo many boarder patrol agents, it's probably safer than most cities in the country.

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We've made the trip from St Louis to Quartzsite on several occasions leaving the day after Christmas. We do our best to get as far south as we can before turning west. Just before our first trip, a friend that lives in Albuquerque warned me to stay off I-40. Best advice I ever took. As we were over-nighting in Las Cruces, we heard on the news that I-40 was closed at Albuquerque due to a blizzard - for 3 days! We've been heading down to Little Rock then across Dallas-Fort Worth towards Abilene to get on I-20 which runs into I-10 in western Texas. If you're going to San Antonio (nothing like the River Walk), you'll be a lot farther south that I-20. One of the sights to see in Austin is the nightly emergence of bats from the Congress Street Bridge - millions of them begin their nightly search for food right at sundown. It's a party every night - the TGIF overlooks the river right at the bridge and provides a great view.

Out west the temperature is all about altitude. The lower you can get, the warmer it is. No matter where you go, the sights are always spectacular! I enjoy every mile no matter where I am - it's a beautiful country.

If you're going to Organ Pipe, I might suggest staying at Holt's Shell service station and campground in Gila Bend, AZ just north of Organ Pipe. They offer a Pass Port America rate of less than $13/night (about $200/month) for full hook-ups. No frills but I don't do boondocking unless I have to. Be SURE to stop by Quartzsite, AZ the last full week of January when the BIG TENT is in operation for one of the biggest and best RV shows ever. I call it the Sturgis of RVing - every RVers should go there at least once. Nothing like it anywhere.


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I-40 will be too far north, snow storm, ice and wind all possible at any time. I-10 should be good as far as winter weather, but it can be windy across there too. We would go I-10 if it were us.

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We did the I 10 route last year. Wanted to get as south as possible as fast as possible so went straight down to Baton Rouge the got on I10 west. It might not be the most exciting ride but it was spectacular to see coming from NYC. We are headed west again this winter leaving 1/3 so most probably the same route.

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agesilaus wrote:


2) To the north a bit is Sonoma Caverns-its commercial right off I-10
3) McDonald Observatory if you like astronomy.
4) Ft Stockton-the old fort there.


Just to avoid any confusion and to provide additional information:

#2 I believe agesilaus is referring to the Caverns of Sonora, which is indeed private and close to I-10. I have visited. It is spectacular and there is a RV park there. Nothing fancy, but handy for visiting the caverns.
#3 Reserve a slot for a "Star Party" at the McDonald Observatory (again, if you are into astronomy, as agesilaus says). It is held on certain evenings during the week.
#4 Fort Davis is near the observatory and is a historic site. Both are near Davis Mountains State Park, a nice park which features full hookups and wifi.

I would consider reserving the Star Party and a site at Davis Mountains ahead of time if you care to visit.


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Thank you all for the great information! Yes we will reserve a site at Davis Mountains State Park and visit all that was recommended. We do the stars!! Thanks again


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agesilaus wrote:


Organ Pipe NM is said to be hazardous because it is right on the border.

That is pure hearsay. A cat in the night couldn't squeeze through there.
The border area there and it's protective measures are worth seeing as much as the National Park.


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caysea7254 wrote:

Thank you all for the great information! Yes we will reserve a site at Davis Mountains State Park and visit all that was recommended. We do the stars!! Thanks again


A piece of advice. It would be wise to stock up before arriving at the Davis Mountains. It has one small grocery, as I remember, for example.

One of the best words to describe that part of West Texas is "remote." That is why the stars are so spectacular at night.

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