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#1 jonah

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 12:47 PM

October 10, 2004

We're new at all this. We plan to hitch up our Casita and travel from Panama City FL to Brownsville TX and over to the Phoenix AZ area in January and February. We have our Golden Eagle pass and will be traveling on a budget. Any advise? This is all new territory for us. We're interested in scenic beauty, old Spanish missions, old Native American culture and ruins, geology etc. etc. I'd like to find some good locations to base along the way and sally forth to sight see.

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#2 Tom Trostel

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Posted 11 October 2004 - 08:26 PM

Don and Marion,

I would plan to stay at state parks in Texas. They're well kept, scenic, and priced right.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is at

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

In the "Parks" section, you can either use the pull down menu to go straight to a park or click "Find a Historic Park or Site" to choose from the map.

Another resource for things to do is Texas Highways.

http://www.texashighways.com/

If you go west far enough, don't miss Big Bend National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/home,htm Good luck, Tom Trostel
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#3 Sue

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Posted 12 October 2004 - 09:46 AM

Here's a link to county parks near Phoenix. I don't know if you already have a base of operation out of Phoenix, but the county has some really nice parks with hookups in great locations. :o

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/
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#4 Sue

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Posted 12 October 2004 - 09:57 AM

Also, I don't know if you're planning to travel as far south as Tucson, but there is a great mission (San Xavier, the "White Dove of the Desert") just south of town. A great place to camp near Tucson is at Gilbert Ray campground just west of town in the Tucson Mountain park (it's kind of a windy road to get there, but I haul my Casita over it. There is another, less windy road to use that I haven't tried). It's also a little pricey at around $20/ nite if you want hookups, but only $10/nite if you don't. It's also convenient to Old Tucson and Saguaro National Park.

http://www.co.pima.a...mts/tumtpk.html
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#5 Max

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Posted 12 October 2004 - 10:42 AM

You donít want to miss Fort Davis, Texas. You can camp at the Davis Mountains State Park or at the Prude Ranch about 4 miles from the Mac Donald Observatory. A tour of the Observatory is worthwhile. You can also get the best shakes and malts in Texas at the old Fort Davis drug store.

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#6 gary davis

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Posted 24 December 2004 - 10:01 PM

You can get by really cheap if you eat all your meals in the trailer and dry camp most of the time. Walmarts let you stay free as well as most truck stops. Most small towns have parks or places you can park for free, just ask around or check with the local law enforcement officers. Campgrounds are nice, but sort of a luxury.

If the weather really gets bad, head for a motel. Play it safe if you need to.

Always be alert, and if you feel uneasy about a place, move on.

Good luck.

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#7 kenr

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 07:00 PM

Hello,
There are ways to save some money traveling with your RV - I hesitate to recommend staying in Wal Marts as there have been problems. Also, some places where WAL MARTS are have codes prohibiting RV camping and you won't know it until the cop knocks on your door. For some reason they seem to do this around 2:00am as the people tell me.

If you belong to the Elks, they have a great website and many lodges have RV hookups, some full, some partial and some are free, some are for donation and some for a much as $7.00 per night. Also the American Legions and VFW have some places with RV parking.

Passport American is an excellent program that will give you 50% the published rate at over 1200 campgrounds around the USA.

Would be glad to assist further if you would like - feel free to email me

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#8 RayBee

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 08:57 AM

Don & Marion .... Harligen, TX ...just north of Brownsville has a camp ground
called Fig Tree Resort. We stayed 5 nights (full hookups) for $10/night. It's a one time event they have for new campers. Look them up.
The advice others have already posted is excellent, because we visited much or all of them last year in a similar trip as you are planning. We had a great time.
Good luck to you both ...RayBee

We always look for Super Walmarts, when we just want one nite stops.
although it's not necessary, we check in at the service desk and ask for
the manager ......surprising how accomodating they usually are .. we've gotten
good info about where to eat and best place to park in the lot, use of their
picnic areas & free security. Always had good experience across the country.
We love WM.

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#9 RayBee

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:38 AM

Don & Marion ....a few pics of the above mentioned camping possibilities.
This is one of the campsites in Big bend ( The Rio Grand Village ) that's the
Rio grande river in the pix. .... RayBee

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:43 AM

Don & Marion ....This is the Gilbert Ray county park in Tuscon
(don't miss this area, lots to do and see) ..RayBee

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#11 RayBee

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:11 AM

Don & Marion .... The Saguaro National Park is a couple of miles from Gilbert Ray CG ..RayBee

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#12 RayBee

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 10:38 AM

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#13 Dutchman

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Posted 03 January 2005 - 02:06 PM

Almost adjacent to Gilbert Ray c.g. west of Tucson is the world renowned Sonoran Desert Museum. A large, mostly outside fauna and flora of the Sonoran Desert. Not to be missed.
Lost Dutchman state park (obviously named after me) just outside Apache Junction at last report was $12 without hookups, nice hot showers, access to several nice reservoir (lakes) and of course Tortilla Junction. Cliff dwellings nearby.
Just a reminder if you are a low-lander: many western attractions, especially scenic or old Anasazi cliff dwellings and such, are in the higher elevations. Check your maps for elevations. January/February above 3000 ft or so often means freezing nights and that concerns your plumbing.
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