Las Vegas, Lathrup and Home

4 05 2017

Good Morning from Conifer, CO.  We’re home!

Spanish Peaks, Lathrup State Park

After leaving Bottomless Lakes State Park near Roswell, we fought NW winds most of the way across eastern New Mexico to Las Vegas.  The KOA in Las Vegas is just off of I-25, at the intersection with highway 84 which connects with I-40 near Santa Rosa.  The campground is set on the side of a hill among cedar and pinon pine.  There are a handful of long pull-through sites that are very flat.  The majority of the other pull-through sites will require some leveling.  While you’re fairly close to I-25, the noise from the highway isn’t objectionable.  This is a rustic campground – anyone expecting shiny new restrooms, pool or other pubic spaces will be disappointed.  But, for a single overnight, it works fine

From Las Vegas we made the short trip over Raton pass to Lathrup State Park outside of Walsenburg. Roads were dry over the pass, but it was evident that the snow plows has been out during the preceding snow storm that dropped up to 12” on this area.  Even at Lathrup, there were small snow piles in the shady spots.  The Spanish Peaks were stunning with their fresh topping of snow.  With snow showers continuing at home, we opted to spend a 2nd night at Lathrup.

On Thursday we completed the last leg of our 2017 Spring Road Trip, logging nearly 5000 miles and 68 nights at 24 campgrounds and RV parks.  Once again our time spent with good friends was the best- Lost Dutchman State Park near Phoenix, Davis Mountains State Park near Ft. Davis, TX, Big Bend National Park and of course South Padre Island.  But, we’re only home for 7 days before once again hitting the road to return to Lathrup State Park.  More from there…



Lathrup State Park

18 09 2015

WP_20150918_008Good Morning from Southern Colorado.  After a delayed departure, we’ve enjoyed a quick stop at Lathrup State Park enroute to Taos, NM.  Arriving late, and without a reservation, we selected A Loop #32, a perfectly level site, with electricity, a near-by water tap and lots of privacy.  The view to the Spanish Peaks to the south is awesome.   This site is a departure from our normal sites up on the D loop, but we found it offers over-the-air TV (16 digital channels) and good T-Mobile broadband connection.  We’ll be back to this site!

I snapped a picture of the shower coin slot as a comparison to recent prices for campground showers in Canada, a whopping $3 for 6 minutes compared to Colorado State Parks rate of 75 cents. Quite a bargain!