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Old 03-23-2010, 05:49 PM   #71
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That would be great. If we are going to meet up at a certain time and go together, it would be great to know what day/time ahead of time so we can plan our travels from Oregon (and I'm sure others as well) to coincide with our festival arrival. Somehow, I suspect that Ken is all over that and we'll find out when we need to know ;-) We're starting to make our reservations at national parks on the way down and local spots as well. Does anyone have any great recommendations for some place near Flagstaff?

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Terri...

The KOA in Flagstaff is supposed to be nice...and centrally located, but we have not stayed there. Our favorite places in the Flagstaff area are:

(1) Pinegrove Campground in the Coconino National Forest...you can make reservations and about 1/2 the sites are first come first served...it's the nicest dry camping campground in that area and is busy, so you are best off to make reservations... It's about 15 SE of Flagstaff off Lake Mary Road on the way to Mormon Lake. It's open until 12 Oct this year. Pinegrove website.

(2) Bonito Campground also in the Coconino National Forest at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument...this is 18 NE of Flagstaff on Highway 89...entrance to Sunset Crater Nat'l Monument also gets you into the Wupatki National Monument (both worth seeing) .. Bonito website. It's also dry camping, and there is no dump station

(3) We also liked the Kaibab Lake Campground... It's in the Kaibab National Forest near Williams, AZ about 40 miles west of Flag, just off Route 64 which goes to the Grand Canyon north form I-40. Kaibab Lake website. Williams is also the home base for the Grand Canyon Railway that runs to the Grand Canyon daily. The Train website. There is also a nice-for-what-it-is RV park with full hookups at the Train Depot.

We made a 12-day campground-hopping trip in Aug 09 to all these places...check our Aug 09 Trip for pics & details (or see link in our signature below for our travel).

Ken does a great job of giving us all the information we need to gather and make our grand entrance the day we enter the Balloon Grounds...and there are usually minor convergences of aluminum along the the way as folks head to ABQ ...the whole thing is a real "event!"

Have fun and travel well!
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:16 PM   #72
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I've stayed at the Flagstaff KOA - I thought it was fine...

Thanks for the kind words Terry - we have this down after several years of doing this..

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We spent a night at the KOA in Flagstaff last year and thought it was very nice. It is not the easiest park to pull a trailer around it, the roads are tight, but doable. One of our favorite places to stop is a little east of flagstaff. Meteor Crater RV park is very large and is kept up very nicely.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:54 AM   #74
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Thanks for all those great tips about Flagstaff campgrounds, we'll start trying to book some this week. We're not sure how busy the fall campgrounds will be coming down, but I've been working on Zion reservations for several days now, and the really choice spots are pretty much booked already. I'm thinking smaller ones might be easier to grab.

Ken, you are a brave man, and I can't wait to meet you. This seems a significant task! If you need help with anything, we are both very good helpers, especially when it comes to food and drink. Just let us know what we can do!

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Old 03-24-2010, 10:21 AM   #75
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Thanks - its not just me - there are several on the committee. Food and drink are always - we have a big pot luck on Sat night - so be thinking of a great balloon dish.

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Old 03-24-2010, 09:59 PM   #76
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Campground / RV Park Suggestions to the South and East?

We will be arriving from Austin, TX. Our plans are to arrive as close to Albuquerque as possible the night of Thurs. Sept. 30th so that we have a reasonably short/easy drive (within a couple of hour drive time to Albuquerque) the morning of Fri. Oct. 1st to meet up with the Caravan.

I checked RV Park Reviews for places within an hour or two of Albuquerque to stay the night of Thurs. Sept. 30th ... but I'm not finding many favorable comments on locations to the South and East of Albuquerque.

A couple of questions:

1. Does anyone have any suggestions for Campgrounds / RV Parks that would be South and East of Albuquerque?
2. RV Parks near Albuquerque indicate they have a 3 night minimum stay (and inflated rates) when reserving near the Balloon Fiesta dates. Are others that are trying to get as close to Albuquerque also staying in the outlying areas away from Albuquerque the night prior?
3. If "Yes" to # 3, where are you staying?
4. Is there anyone else going to the Balloon Fiesta from the Austin area (or traveling to Albuquerque from our same direction)?

Thanks for any input that anyone can offer.
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For folks coming from the west.
We have stayed at the KOA in Grants for the past 3 years the night before the rally and we are going to do it again this year. It's a great place to spend the night and in the morning we have about a 1 hour drive to get to the gathering point for the drive into the fiesta. If you are going to stay at the KOA, I suggest you book your site now as things do fill up quickly. Make sure you mention that you are with the "Airstream Group" and they will do their best to keep us together.

We are going to try and get to the fiesta a little earlier this year, so we need to be pulling out of the KOA around 8am.
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Caravan to Balloon Fiesta from the WEST!!!!!

Frank&Mike,

I live 24 miles northeast of Tucumcari which is on I-40, 175 miles east of Albuquerque.
We will get loaded up Thursday and leave for the Balloon Fiesta at 7:00am on Friday morning (October 1st). There is a KOA located just west of Tucumcari. I have never stayed there, so I don't know anything about the RV park.
If you want to stay in Tucumcari, we would be willing to caravan with you to Albuquerque on October 1st.

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Hey Charlie

I'll meet up with you in tucumcari and we can do our second caravan together...all we need in airstream 01 to lead the parade...
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For anyone who is interested, Enchanted Trails is right next to Camping World and is our staging place for anyone who wants to stay overnight prior to meeting up on Friday.

As Richard we are trying to take off a little earlier this year because the parking folks would like us there as soon as we can all get there - and we want to keep the parking folks happy (because they decide where we park... )

The plan at this point is to try to meet up at Camping World at about 10 am and take off about 11 am

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Caravan from Tucumcari

Charles,

Thanks very much for your offer to caravan from Tucumcari together. We were excited with your offer ... then we realized we are coming in to the west of where you are located (we are planning to spend our first night in Pine Springs, TX to see Guadalupe Peak N.P.). Leaving Pine Springs and heading to Albuquerque takes us a little off your path. But we will be anxious to meet you both at the Fiesta!

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Next week I will be in contact with the Balloon Folks and will try to extend the deadline for sign up - but I can't promise anything at this point - so if you have been thinking about attending this great event and want to make sure you have a seat, I need to know in the next few days.

We have lots of folks signed up, so it should be another great rally.

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Sounds good Kingfisher:
We will have to leave a little earlier that 7:00 am to get to Alb by 10:00 am. It takes about 3 hours to get to Alb from Tucumcari. We will be looking forward to it.
See you at the Fiesta Frank&Mike.
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up, up and away.....

I think we will be in palo duro canyon prior to the baloon festival...but we will leave there and be in your area and contact you so that we may silver streak to the festival.....

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