I-10 across West Texas

15 03 2018

The Roadrunner of Ft. Stockton, TX

Traveling I-10 through west Texas can be an endurance test of winds, rough roadway and constant semi-truck traffic.  After a bit of a reprieve on the scenic Trans-Mountain highway that leads to the north around El Paso, we’re back on I-10 just east of town.  It’s been a number of years since we’ve traveled much of I-10, generally we divert south for Ft. Davis and/or the Big Bend area.  This year we’re headed nearly all the way to San Antonio – over 500 miles to the east.

With few options for overnight stops here in West Texas, our first night will be at Van Horn, a former KOA that works well for a quick overnight stay.  PARK REVIEW  Arriving around 1PM (after moving into the Central Time Zone) we watch as the nearly empty park fills with overnight rigs.  But, by 11AM the next morning, nearly every site is once again empty.

Our plan was to check out one of the city parks in Iraan, TX.  However a call this morning indicates that the no-reservation park is full – so change of plans, tonight we’re parked at another former KOA, the Ft. Stockton RV Park.  Just east of town, this is a fairly nice park and once again nearly full overnight and empty by 11AM.  On a bit smaller scale than the Las Cruces roadrunner, here in Ft. Stockton, “Paisano Pete” greets visitors and poses for pictures in a small park near downtown.

Ft. Stockton RV Park

Ft. Stockton RV Park

After quick overnights at Van Horn and Ft. Stockton, we’re bound for 5 nights near the Kerrville area in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  More from there…

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Rockhound State Park, Deming, NM

15 03 2016
Rockhound State Park, site #21

Rockhound State Park, site #21

What a jewel – and a welcome relief from the cramped noisy site in Tucson.  Set on the slopes of the rugged Little Florida Mountains to the south east of Deming,  the 23 electric & water sites run $14.00/night.  With only 5 sites reservable, we weren’t sure if we could nab a walk-up site or not, but we hoped a Tuesday arrival might help us beat the weekend crowd.  However, there were no sites available for a 2 night stay when we arrived.  While talking with the host about the potential of “overflowing” into the group space, another camper walked by and mentioned he’d be leaving the next day.  With a late cancellation in a reservation site, the host allowed us to spend the night there and move the next day.  We started in site #21 and moved to site #20.  Moving is always a bit of a pain, but well worth the hassle to get to spend another quiet evening here on the mountain side.

At about 5000 feet, Rockhound State Park enjoys a great view out over the lights of Deming along with beautiful sunsets.  Dawn comes late because the campground is up against a high mountain to the east.  But, once the sun comes over the ridge, the desert temperatures climbed quickly, with daytime highs in the upper 70’s and overnight lows in the 30’s and 40’s.  There are also plenty of trails for hikers and a nice visitor center.  T-mobile phones (voice and LTE data) worked best using the cellular booster.  The Verizon 3G signal was good as were the 10 or so rebroadcast TV channels from Albuquerque.  We didn’t use them, but  many of the other campers said the bath and shower house here at Rockhound was the best of all New Mexico State Parks.  This was a great place to spend two nights – we’ll be back!