Northern New Mexico, Taos

9 09 2018

Today we’re off on a 7 night loop of some our favorite cities in Northern New Mexico.

First stop is at Taos.  We’re parked in sites #43/44 at Taos Valley RV Park, a park that we first visited in September, 2015.  We’re in these sites reversed from normal access to provide awning to awning space between our two RV’s.  These sites work well for this, with a large shade tree in the center with a small grass patch and picnic table below.  These are electric/water sites only so with a power cord extension and extra water hose, the reversed entry is easy to accomplish. On Monday while in the central plaza area we enjoyed lunch at The Gorge Bar and Grill followed by a cold beer at Eske’s Brew Pub and Eatery.

Eske’s Pub & Brewery

On Tuesday we’re off for Santa Fe, more from there…


San Luis Valley Campground

31 05 2016
San Luis Valley Campground

San Luis Valley Campground

We’ve just departed Taos where we spent a quick overnight at a favorite park, Taos Valley RV.  We were parked in site #86, an end site in the western “full hookup” section.  These sites are a bit larger and not quite so cramped as the water and electric sites in the center of the park.  Most of these still offer the door-to-door configuration, which might be a problem if you didn’t know your neighbors.  However, site #85 and #84 were both empty during our visit.  Site #80 is a nice end site, one row up and doesn’t offer the door-to-door configuration which might be more private for those traveling alone.  These sites do have a bit more noise from nearby Paseo del Pueblo Sur, highway 68, the main route through Taos.  There is a large construction project just being started directly on the northwest corner of the park.  We’ll stay tuned for the new neighbors…  PARK MAP  It should be noted that GPS navigation seems to always attempt an eastern approach through a residential area.  Ignore this mis-information – the park is just off the intersection of Highway 68 and Estes Es Rd.

With about 275 miles left to home, we opt for one more night in a campground near Villa Grove, CO.  The San Luis Campground is a unique oasis in the otherwise flat and fairly barren landscape along highway 285 through the San Luis Valley.  Set in a grove of pine and aspen trees, the 15 full-hookup, pull-through sites are long, spacious and very private.  Having driven through Villa Grove dozens of times, it was never apparent to us that this quiet oasis, off the highway about 2 miles, even existed.  Complete with shower and laundry facilities, for $29/night this is a great find.  There is also good WiFi available with a 8MB download speed but, unfortunately, no T-mobile cellular service.  We didn’t try the external antenna and booster, but it’s possible that a very weak signal could be amplified enough for phone calls if needed.  There’s also no over-the-air TV but even with the tall trees, it was fairly easy to find the southern sky for dish reception.  We’ll be back!

Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Conchas

30 05 2016
Lake Conchas State Park, New Mexico

Lake Conchas State Park, New Mexico

We’ve just spent 4 nights at Lake Conchas in northern New Mexico.  We last visited Conchas on the return from Texas about 4 weeks ago.  Once again we’re parked in Bell Point, on the cliff side site #19 with friends in sites #21, #22 and #18.

We departed Danver on Wednesday for a quick overnight at Pueblo Lake SP. We enjoyed electric only back-in sites #46 & #47 with great views over the lake to the south.  On Thursday, with miserable winds from the South, we crossed Raton Pass to Las Vegas and then across highway 104 for about 70 miles of rough, windy road.  Perhaps a detour down highway 84 between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa would be a bit easier drive.

After a windy evening Thursday, we enjoyed high temperatures in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s each night.  On Friday we had a brief thunderstorm that produced a bit of rain and caused cancellation of our evening campfire.  It should be noted that only a few sites at Conchas have fire rings.  #21 and #29 are probably the best sites with fire pits.  The downside to #21 is the proximity of the dumpster.  With the campground full nearly all weekend, this dumpster was pretty smelly by half way through the weekend.

We’re currently enroute to Taos, NM where we’ll spend one night at a favorite RV park, Taos Valley.  More from Taos…

Taos Valley RV Park

19 09 2015
Taos Valley RV Park

Taos Valley RV Park

We’re parked in sites #56 & #57, just next door to those we had in 2012 when we last visited Taos Valley RV Park.  We enjoy this park a lot – with heavy sage brush a a few small trees, it feels very private in these “awning-to-awning” sites.  These are partial hook-up sites, with electric and water.  We think the full hookup sites #87-92 would be worth trying.  Situated at the back of the property, they look across an open field and also provide “awning-to-awning” configurations.  PARK MAP

Taos Valley RV Park offers a good mix of sites, from shady, no-services tent sites to large pull-through full hookup sites.  There’s also a small convenience store, an RV dump station and clean restroom/shower facilities.  It is also very close to downtown Taos and some great looking restaurants – a few within walking distance.

There is also the Rio Grande Gorge – with nearby Taos Mesa Brewery that we’d like to visit again.  We’d also like to explore nearby Chama including the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad that runs from Chama to Antonito.  And, for spa relaxing, there’s always nearby Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – which provides RV parking also.

Having delayed our departure from Denver until Thursday, we’re only here Friday and Saturday nights.  On Saturday we bicycle into downtown to visit the Farmers Market in the main square, shop in the some of the rather touristy shops and enjoyed lunch at The Alley Cantina.   The Alley Cantina presents good New Mexico food and looks like a great place to enjoy a happy hour or even a sports evening.

Tomorrow we’ll pack up and make the 6 hour drive home.  Contrary to our “normal” travel pattern of about 3 hours per day, we’ll plan to go all the home since we’re still having trouble with the pick-up.  Our next outing is to Hecla Junction next weekend…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!