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Posted: 11/26/18 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like eubank said, some forest campgrounds may still be closed at that time of year. The national forest websites post opening dates. If you get time check out Capulin Volcano Nat Monument, and Fort Union, right off of I25.
North of Las Vegas NM there is Storrie Lake State Park.
Bandelier National Monument, has a nice campground. From there make a day trip to Los Alamos and visit the Bradbury Science Museum, https://www.lanl.gov/museum/ free admission!
Check out the Sacramento Mountains in central NM. Ruiodoso, Cloudcroft, WhiteSands Nat Monument. There are lots of trees in the central mountains. For fun go to the UFO museum in Roswell, and don't forget Carlsbad Caverns. West of Carrizozo is Valley of Fires Recreation Area. All these can be found on the web.
Full hookup NM state parks are $14.
April can be very windy in New Mexico.

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Well Turret Driver, eastern NM was known as the "Journey of the Dead Man" Jornada del Muerto, wasn't it back in the 1800's


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Posted: 11/26/18 09:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In April or May you may want to be low and south. Three Rivers campground south of Carizozo is nice if you like hiking. It's about 14 miles off US 54. The petroglyph site is nice and its not far from Valley of Fire SP. White Sands and Alamogordo are close.

East of Ruidoso on 380 is Capitan with the Smokey the Bear home and Lincoln. There are campgrounds in that area.


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Posted: 11/27/18 06:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

Well Turret Driver, eastern NM was known as the "Journey of the Dead Man" Jornada del Muerto, wasn't it back in the 1800's


No The Jornada is in the middle of the state. The Jornada is from Las Cruces up toward Socorro, east of the Rio Grande and west of the Oscura and San Andreas mountains. Socorro means relief, help, or succor because that is where the Jornada ended. Wiki link

As a matter of fact the eastern part of the state was open to homesteaders (my grandfather in 1900 for one) and was/is cattle and farm country. Today there are oil and gas wells in the south east and vast grass lands (Rita Blanca and Cibola Nat Grasslands are worth a visit) in the north east.

* This post was edited 11/27/18 06:14am by NMDriver2 *


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Posted: 11/27/18 06:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been going to NM since I was 3--about 68 years ago. I don't remember much from the earlier trips to Los Alamos, Santa Fe, etc but I do remember the later ones. We still go to Santa Fe every summer--usually twice and always find something new to do. In 2018 it was Canyon Road art galleries. Next year it will be the botanical gardens and probably more. Also great food. One suggestion is not to try and drive to everything--that can eat up a lot of time and $$. After a few summers in NM, then head to Utah--5 National Parks will keep you busy.

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Posted: 11/27/18 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually we've been to the grasslands and were quite impressed. Well worth a visit. As for how much time we've spent in NM: We've spent a week in Silver City and a 3 or 4 days in Carlsbad. The same in Grants, Taos, Roswell and Bloomfield. Spent more days than we wanted to in Moriarty waiting for a truck part.

We've been to White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Capulin, the lost Catwalk, Bottomless Lake and Gila Cliffs multiple times. Been to Bandara, El Malpais, Chaco Culture, Taos Pueblo, the radio telescopes in near Soccorro, Rockhounds, City of Rocks and Bandelier. Plus others that don't pop to mind.

But we are just visitors and will never know the state like you do as a long time resident. Just like visitors to Florida don't know the state as well as we do.

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I really like New Mexico a lot and used to travel to work there. I tried to move there once but we lost some mining contracts and it never happened.

The southern Rockies warm up earlier than the north, but they are at really high elevations. The spring is a great time for being at 7,000 feet or out in the desert, but too early for the mountains unless you bring your skis.

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This post may be of some help:

NM Blog post

Don't miss Bandelier National Monument, and enjoy the food in New Mexico -- it is fantastic.


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Posted: 11/27/18 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! This is awesome feedback and just what I needed. Thank you all for the help. I'll take this and start doing the research to build a route and itinerary.

Thank you all!

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I always recommend doing a Google search for `_______ tourism' and put the city, state, or area in the blank space and read what the specialists recommend.


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