Las Cruces & Albuquerque

15 05 2019

We’ve left Texas and the central time zone behind as we transit north of El Paso and into Las Cruces, NM. Here we’re parked in site #13, the same beautiful back-in premium view site we occupied 2 years ago.  This is one of our favorite KOA’s and we’ve been here 3 years in a row now.  And, just as last year we enjoy wandering around the old Square in Mesilla and a cocktail or two at the Imperial Bar at the Double Eagle.  Can anyone name this beautiful desert plant that was in full bloom in Las Cruces?

Beautiful Las Cruces Flower

From Las Cruces we’re headed north toward Albuquerque.  We’ll spend two nights at the Isleta Lakes & RV Park just south of town.  Isleta Pueblo, home of the native Tiwa people, occupies about 210,000 acres along the Rio Grande, 15 miles south of Albuquerque.  The RV park is next to two stocked fishing lakes and just across the street from the Isleta Casino.  Amenities at the park include a clean laundry room and a small bait/snack shop.  A new “yet-to-be-opened” club house promises free coffee and donuts on weekend, a small workout area and a couple large screen TVs.   Sites are gravel with full hookups and covered picnic tables for around $35/night.  The only downside of this park is the nearby rail line.  During the week, the commuter Rail Runner train calls on Isleta Pueblo 14 times, each time whistling it’s arrival and departure.  After dark, unknown number of long, fast freight trains use these rails as they rubble north or south along the Rio Grande.

From Albuquerque we’re headed home.  We’ve stayed at 12 different parks and resorts and covered about 2600 miles in 38 days.  As always, a great time with friends and family in some our favorite campgrounds and RV parks across New Mexico and Texas!

Spanish Peaks – Back Home!

Route 66 RV Resort

28 02 2017

wp_20170227_001cGood Morning from Albuquerque.

After a brief stop at Trinidad Lake State Park on Sunday night, we’ve make the as-normal very windy transit of Trinidad to Albuquerque and are parked at the new Route 66 RV Resort about 15 miles west of downtown along I-40.  It seems that nearly all RV Parks in Albuquerque are along either I-25 or I-40 and most of the reviews mention road noise.  This is a huge RV park, with 100 sites spread out across 50 acres.  Since it sets behind the Casino, Hotel and several restaurants we were hopeful that the nearly constant I-40 truck traffic noise would be reduced.  Selecting site #1145 on the far end of the park, we’re behind a small hill and experienced a very quiet night.

Having arrived yesterday in winds gusting to about 15 miles per hour, we’ve decided to stay put here in Albuquerque and await the passing of a cold front.  Right now (about 10AM) the winds are gusting to about 50 miles per hour – our side-to-the west is providing a very bumpy “ride” as we work inside.  Now we know what it must feel like to go down the road in the trailer!

Opened just last August, this RV Resort really does live up to its name.  The full hookup sites offer plenty of space, some even with 16 foot wide pads.  A mixture of pull-through and back-in sites, each has water, sewer, 30/50 power a grassy area with a picnic table and fire ring.  There are also some “Luxury” sites with 100A electric service.  While rates are advertised as $50 and $60 on their website (before Good Sam discount), the special rate through the end of February is $30 per site.  Other amenities include a large open-air rally shelter with gas grills and picnic tables, pickleball courts, sand volleyball,  and horseshow pits.  Inside their camper amenities building are pool tables, conference rooms, showers and laundry facilities.   This is a 1st class park – and will be even nicer as the many shrubs and trees get a chance to mature.

Having missed a travel day and with this cold front moving through, it appears that the next best stop will be a little over 300 miles to the west.  Stops closer are forecast to be in the teens and single digits overnight, too risky for a de-winterized water system.  Our plan is Payson, AZ about 5 hours away…more from Arizona!