A COORDINATOR AND HOSTS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS CIRCUIT TO HAPPEN. For questions call Karen Minard 661-301-7253
Based on staying in state parks. Annual Pass is $225 for non-residents, $180 for NM residents ($100 if over 62). Allows free dry camping for 1 year ending on the last day of the month that pass is purchased ($10 a day without pass). Electric, when available, is $4.00 a day additional. Water and dump available at State Parks. NM web site: www.nmparks.com Phone number for resevations or questions for all of NM parks: 887-664-7787. CHECK TO MAKE SURE PRICES HAVE NOT CHANGED.
Hike trails at the beautiful Chiricahua National Monument, hike in to Fort Bowie (1862-1894), hike canyon at Cochise Stronghold, Rex Allen Museum.
Elks Lodge, 247 E Stewart St.
East on I-10 to Exit 336 (1-10 BUS E / S Haskell Ave). Continue approx 4 ½ miles and turn right onto E Maley St. Left onto N Railroad Ave. Right onto E Stewart St. Lodge on left.
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Good Mexican restaurants in town, visit historic town of Columbus that Poncho Villa attacked. Visit Palomas, Mexico for lunch at the Pink Store.
Poncho Villa NM State Park 400 West Hwy 9, Columbus NM. This will be our first state park and we can buy our state park pass here that we will use the rest of our circuit while in NM.
I-10 east toward Deming NM. Take exit 82A/W Cedar Ave to SR26/N Gold Ave, turn right on South SR 11/south Gold Ave
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Kayaking, fishing, hiking, hot springs in nearby Truth or Consequences, and and eclectic town.
Caballo State Park, Riverside CG, Hwy187, Arrey, NM 575-7433942
From Columbus head north on NM11 to Deming. When you pass under I-10 NM11 will become NM180. Continue about 3 miles to NM26 - turn right onto NM26 and head for Hatch. Go thru Hatch to I-25 north. Take exit 59 (you will see a brown state park sign along I-25 announcing the park). Go right. Riverside CG is the first right and the main CG is slightly farther up the road. Electric and water sites available at Riverside, also boondocking, toilets and showers. Dump and water also available at main CG.
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Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was tested is open to the public only on April 2 this year. International Space Hall of Fame, White Sands National Monument, Toy Train Museum, Cloudcroft, Pistachio Tree Ranch tour, luscious banana splits in town.
Moose Lodge, 1629 S. Florida Ave. 575-437-3662
The directions to the next stop after this should read: Go south on I-25 to I-70 east, right on 1st Street, right on Florida, About 1 mile to lodge on left. Park in the field just before the lodge.
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Carlsbad Caverns, perhaps Guadalupe National Park in Texas.
Escapees park in Lakewood, NM
Located approximately 20 miles North of Carlsbad, NM at Mile Marker 55 on US 285 (14 miles south of Artesia, NM) Turn East on CR 31 (which this map calls 381). SKP Ranch Road is 1 1/4 miles east of US 285.
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UFO Museum, International Law Enforcement Academy, Double Eagle Ranch (home of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird), Spring River Park and free Zoo
Bottomless Lakes State Park, 545 Bottomless Lakes Rd, Roswell, NM 88201 575-624-6058
Head north on Hwy 18 to intersection with NM-82/206. Go north on 206 to NM-380 east toward Roswell. Park is 6 miles before Roswell. Look for brown sign announcing Bottomless Lake State Park. Turn left on Hwy 409-6 miles. Park in day use area on west side of lake.
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Hubbard Museum of the American West (aka Museum of the Horse), drive to Lincoln, area of the Lincoln County Wars, nice museums there.
Follow directions below
Go west on Hwy 380 to Hwy 70 and continue west. From Hwy 70, turn on Indian Service Road I-SR 4, (it is the road to Inn of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino) turn left into vacant parking lot east of Mescalero Big Game. Free.
The GPS coordinates are to Indian Service Road 4, follow directions from there.
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Blackwater Archeological Museum, plus dig site. Alpaca farm, Daley windmill museum, Buddy Holly Museum in Clovis
Hide-A-Way non elec, or Indian Grass elec at Oasis State Park, 1891 Oasis Road, Portales, NM 88130 575-356-5331
6 miles North of Portales on NM-467, left at signs for park. There are some dry sites in campground or park in overflow area. Check in at office.
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Grave of Billy the Kid, Navajo Memorial commemorates the forced “Long Walk” of the 1860’s. Lots of bird life.
Mesquite CG or Pecos CG at Sumner Lake State Park (Pecos Mesquite), 32 Lakeview Lane, Sumner Lake, NM 88119. 575-355-2541
Take Hwy 60 west to Ft. Sumner. From town of Ft. Sumner, go north on Hwy 84 about 10 miles. West on NM 203 for 6 miles. Try to park in lot North of boat ramp on west side of lake.
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Visit North American Wind Research and Training Center where students learn wind turbines in all aspects. Go into actual wind mill. Take trip to Ute Lake.
Elks Lodge, 2118 S Adams St.
From I-40 Exit 334, go north on Hwy 209 to Robison Ave., go right, park to left and rear of lodge.
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Blue Hole, Rock Lake State Fish Hatchery, Puerto de Luna.
Rocky Point CG at Santa Rosa Lake State Park, NM Hwy. 91, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 575-472-3110
From I-40, Exit 277, go west through town to Hwy 91, go right, follow about 9 miles, cross dam, continue to Rocky Point campground. Loop A is electric, loop B is non- electric.
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National Radio astronomy observatory. Pie Town, Top of The World, Coronado Lake, Eagle Guest Restaurant.
Datil Well National Recreation area BLM west of town.
Head north from Manzano Mountain SP to Hwy 55 south. At Mountainair, head west on Hwy 60 to I-25 south toward Socorro. Exit 150 to business 25/Hwy 60. Take Hwy 60, which turns west off Business 25 to Datil.
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Sandia Peak Tramway, Science Center, ABQ BioPark Zoo, Biological Park, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Pueblo Cultural Center, Balloon rides.
Sandia Resort and Casino, 30 Rainbow Road, Albuquerque, NM
From Datil take Hwy 60 east to US 25 north through Albuquerque. Continue to exit 234 Tramway Road, turn right on Tramway. Casino in on the left. We are to park in Lot D which is the upper lot.
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Railroad historical town,Malpais arch, visitor center, El Moro Theater, Navajo Code Talker Museum, Gallup Cultural Center, The Shalimer Lounge and Dance Hall, Live Band on the 4th.
Bluewater Lake State Park, 30 Bluewater State Park Road, Prewitt, NM 505-876-2391
Go south on NM 542 to Hwy 60 west. After about 35 miles veer right onto NM 47 to I-25 . Head north to NM 6. At I-40 go west past Grants to Exit 63.. EXIT INTERSTATE 40 AT EXIT 63 (PREWITT) ONTO HWY 412. GO SOUTH 7 MILES ON HWY 412 ENDS AT THE PARK ENTRANCE.
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Visitor center for five major Archeological Pueblo Sites, Pueblo Bonito, Ranger Program, nine mile loop road, hiking.
Ruby Ranch (call Micky if you can not locate when you are close to the Chaco Canyon NHP 505-979-0614) We will park in an open field near his home. Roads into and around park are dirt and may be rough. No dump or water available
Take Hwy 371 North to Hwy 9, go East to Hwy 14/57 (Choco Canyon Rd) follow 14/57 North (toward Seven Lakes) for 3 miles to Ruby Ranch (signage for either road #) entering the park from the South. Ruby Ranch will be on the left.
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Aztec ruins, Salmon ruins, Farmington, Four Corners (70 mi.), Chaco Canyon.
Cottonwood Campground, Navajo Lake SP; 1448 NM511, Navajo Dam, NM. 505-632-2278.
From Prewitt take US40 W to Hwy 371 N toward Farmington, NM. Take East Hwy 64, approx. 25 miles to Hwy 511 N to Navaho Lake SP. Cross the dam, approx. ½ mile to CG.
Full hook up, or Sims loop mix of dry and hookup.
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Kayaking, hiking, St. Thomas Adobe Church, Ghost Ranch, fishing, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Chimney Rock
Abiquiu Lake (Army Corps of Eng. Park)
From Heron Lake go north on NM 95 to NM 84. Go south approx 25 miles to NM 96- turn right. Turn left onto NM 96 approx. 2 miles. Rianna Campground. 52 sites, 13 with electric. Dry camping $12, Elec. $18 (1/2 price with senior pass.) Flush toilets, showers, water and dump station.
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Great lake for kayaking, visit Taos, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Angel Fire, hiking in Cimarron canyon, July 4th parade in Eagle Nest, fireworks over lake.
Lakeview CG at Eagle Nest State Park, 42 Marina Way.
Take Hwy 285 southeast toward Espanola. Head north on Hwy 68 to Taos. Take Hwy 522 toward Questa/Red River and on to Eagle Nest. Turn right onto Hwy 64, left on Marina Way. Go past boat ramp to campground. May not be a dump at this park (they were still working on building one), but there is water and toilets.
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Capulin Volcano NM, Raton Museum, NRA Whittington Visitor Center, Folsom Point (caveman cave), town of Trinidad.
Lake Alice CG at Sugarite Canyon SP, NM.211 Hwy 586, Raton, NM Phone: 575-445-5607
From Eagle Next take Hwy 64 NE to US 25 N. Exit 452 onto Hwy 72 E. Approx. 3.8 miles to Hwy 562 N. Watch for signs to Sugarite Canyon SP. Lake Alice CG is past the lake.
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Ft. Union, Las Vegas Museum and Rough Riders Memorial Collection, kayak and hike of course.
South Loop CG at Storrie Lake State Park, Hwy 518, Mile Marker 3.5, Las Vegas, NM 87701. 505-425-7278
Head south on I-25 . Take 3rd Las Vegas exit and go west to Hwy 518, north to park on left. Dry camping just behind office has shelters, hookup area is to left.
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Visit Old Santa Fe, old Fort Union NM, Rough Riders Memorial collection, Christo Rey Church adobe structure of 1761, custom tour (505) 438-7116, state capitol, San Miguel Church 1610.
Elks Lodge, 1615 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM
From I-25 take exit 284 (Old Pecos Trail), bear right at junction with 466. Continue about 1 mile. Driveway to Elks is hard to see on right, small sign. Park behind lodge in field. Donation
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Kayaking, hiking, trip to Gallup for museums and Indian Art/Jewelry/History. Railroad historical town.
Bluewater Lake State Park, 30 Bluewater State Park Road, Prewitt, NM 505-876-2391
Go south on I-25 to I-40 west. After about 35 miles veer right onto Hwy 47 to I-2. Head north to Hwy 6. At I-40 go west. Prewitt is approx. 25 miles past Grants. Watch for brown sign announcing state park. Exit 63. Approx. 7 miles into park. FROM HERE ON THIS BECOMES A SUNDOWNER. Still lots to see in New Mexico and enjoy your annual camping pass. Or head north to Colorado or west to Arizona….
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