Snowbird Getaways: New Mexico

November 4, 2002
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149527_0209getaways_nm.jpgThe best way for snowbirds to experience the enchantment of New Mexico is to drive a few of its 24 scenic byways. In the northeast, you’ll encounter Indian ruins and pueblos on the Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway. Dry Cimarron in the northeast allows you to view wagon ruts on the Santa Fe Trail, tour a mining camp, see dinosaur tracks and walk in the crater of a volcano. The southwest’s Geronimo Trail provides easy access to fishing and camping at Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake. And Guadalupe Back Country Scenic Byway in the southeast serves as a catalyst to biking, caving, horseback riding, backpacking, wildlife viewing and dining outdoors at Sitting Bull Falls picnic area.

 

Of course, U.S. Route 66, the famed Mother Road, splits the state from east to west, doling out roadside Americana at practically every mile marker. And the Rio Grande River bisects New Mexico from north to south, providing snowbirds liquid refreshment to go with their rubber-tire excursions. Once you’ve explored Santa Fe’s art galleries, sampled its cuisine and perused its Native American loomed rugs, woven baskets and turquoise jewelry, you may want to watch the colorful hot-air dance above Albuquerque in October’s Balloon Fiesta.

 

Your winter days will be filled with trips to some of the world’s largest caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and to the nearby Living Desert State Park. Catching a sporting event or investigating the cultural scene at the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces may prove beneficial after you’ve checked out the International UFO Museum in Roswell. Take in the blanched beauty of White Sands National Monument, then resist the temptation to tell a lie in Truth or Consequences — just to see what happens. Call (800) 733-6396.

 

ALBUQUERQUE

American RV Park of Albuquerque

Facilities: Good paved interior roads. Restrooms and showers; dump station; security; public phone; laundry; groceries; limited RV supplies; LP-gas. Sites: 186 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), 103 paved, 83 gravel, patios; 99 pull-through (30×58); back-in (30×40); big-rig sites; 9 tent sites. Central modem hookup. Recreation: Heated pool; spa; horseshoes; recreation hall; recreation field; playground. Contact: 13500 Coronado Freeway SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121; (800) 282-8885; www.americanrvpark.com. A Good Sam Park.

 

ANTHONY

El Paso-West RV Park

Facilities: Good gravel interior roads. Restrooms and showers; security; public phone; laundry; limited RV supplies. Sites: 100 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel; 66 pull-through (21×80); back-in (26×60); big-rig sites; mostly side-by-side hookups. Central modem hookup; cable TV. Recreation: Horseshoes; recreation hall. Contact: 1415 Anthony Drive, Anthony, New Mexico 88021; (800) 754-1543; www.1second.com/elpasowestrv.htm. A Good Sam Park.

 

CARLSBAD

7 Rivers Cove RV Resort at Brantley
Lake

Facilities: Good gravel interior roads, no tents. Restrooms and showers; security; public phone; laundry; groceries; limited RV supplies. Sites: 104 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel; pull-through (40×70); big-rig sites. Handicap access; central modem hookup. Recreation: Horseshoes; recreation hall. Contact: #2 Manthei Road, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220; (505) 457-2000; 7riverscoverv@pvtnetworks.net. A Good Sam Park.

 

DEMING

Deming Roadrunner RV Park

Facilities: Good gravel interior roads. Restrooms and showers; security; public phone; laundry; limited RV supplies; LP-gas. Sites: 83 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel, some shaded; 74 pull-through (21×65); mostly side-by-side hookups; 22 tent sites. Modem hookup in office, cable TV. Recreation: Heated pool; spa; horseshoes; recreation hall; planned activities. Contact: 2849 E. Motel Drive, Deming, New Mexico 88030; (505) 546-6960; roadrunnerrv@zianet.com. A Good Sam Park.

 

Little Vineyard RV Park &
Resort

Facilities: Good gravel interior roads. Restrooms and showers; security; public phone; laundry; limited groceries; limited RV supplies; LP-gas. Sites: 153 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel; pull-through (27×70); big-rig sites; 2 tent sites. Central modem hookup; cable TV. Recreation: Heated pool; spa; recreation hall; planned activities. Contact: 2901 Motel Drive East, Deming, New Mexico 88030; (800) 413-0312; www.zianet.com/cjbailey. A Good Sam Park.

 

LAS CRUCES

Best View RV Park

Facilities: Good paved/dirt interior roads. Restrooms and showers; dump station; security; public phone; laundry; groceries; RV supplies; LP-gas. Sites: 92 total, hookups (30/50 amps), gravel, some shaded; 33 pull-through (21×60); back-in (18×35); 14 tent sites; 4 rental units. Modem hookup in office. Recreation: Pool; recreation hall; playground. Contact: 814 Weinrich Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005; (505) 526-6555; www.bestviewrvpark.com. A Good Sam Park.

 

Hacienda RV Resort

Facilities: Good paved interior roads, no tents. Restrooms and showers; security; public phone; laundry. Sites: 113 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel; 80 pull-through (25×60); back-in (30×40); big-rig sites. Handicap access; modem hoolup at site; cable TV. Recreation: Spa; adults room; recreation hall. Contact: 740 Stern Drive, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005; (888) 686-9090; www.haciendarv.com. A Good Sam Park.

  

RV Doc’s
RV Park

Facilities: Good gravel interior roads. Restrooms and showers; dump station; security; laundry; RV supplies; LP-gas. Sites: 60 total, full hookups (30/50 amps), gravel; pull-through (22×65); big-rig sites. Modem hookup at site. Recreation: Spa; horseshoes; recreation hall. Contact: 1475 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005; (888) 278-3627; rvdocs@zianet.com. A Good Sam Park. For more campgrounds in New Mexico, visit www.tldirectory.com.

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