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Old 07-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #29
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After a long cruise, Flagstaff is a welcome mat; all services. The KOA is in shade with great facilities and staff that know who to go to and who to avoid. There are a couple of R.V. pros that will come to the site should you have problems.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:08 PM   #30
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cooling off in Cloudcroft
Nice country, but if you want the smell of brakes burning in the morning, take U.S 82 down the hill towards Alamogordo.
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The very best place in AZ

If you are planning to come to AZ the very best place to go is the Tonto Natural Bridge. It is by far my favorite place to go.

Don't skip this place. Arizona State Parks: Tonto Natural Bridge: Home
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NM Portion coming from Carlsbad

Once you leave Carlsbad there are two maybe three routes that are very worthwhile.. Carlsbad to Artesia to Cloudcroft to Ruidoso (Deer Crossing RV) to Carrizozo eat at Kellys New Mexican Food (Valley of Fires, State Park) to San Antonio (BUCKHORNS) to Albuquerque....Leave Carsbad to Roswell for the UFO'ers (Spring River RV Park) next to the Zoo Great museum off of Main St. or the Anderson Comtemporary off of College near NMMI up to Lincoln (Billy the Kid) to Capitan (Smokey the Bear) to Carrizozo towards San Antonio to ALB or the last route from Carlsbad to Las Cruces stay at Hacienda RV as base camp go to Mesilla Old Town to La Posta or Chopes in La Mesa both offer New Mexican Food up to Alamogordo (White Sands) stay at Oliver Lee State Park to Ruidoso to Carrizozo to San Antonio to Albuquerque..all offer a variety of exciting and unique Southeastern NM experiences. Places in bold are places you can park the Airstream at.
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Nice country, but if you want the smell of brakes burning in the morning, take U.S 82 down the hill towards Alamogordo.
I recommend going to Cloudcroft BUT take hiway 244 towards Ruidoso thru the Mescalero Reservation, really nice casino good food at Wendells at Inn of the Mountain Gods
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If you are planning to come to AZ the very best place to go is the Tonto Natural Bridge. It is by far my favorite place to go.

Don't skip this place. Arizona State Parks: Tonto Natural Bridge: Home

Misspent many a weekend there in my youth. Swingin on the rope swing & landing in the East Verde River (creek really). Drank lots of Boone's Farm and generally havin a good time.
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Thanks

Thanks to you all for your input. I am printing them out and making a itinerary. Some really great thoughts that we hadn't even considered. We are postponing the trip until April as my wife does NOT like heat and September can still be pretty warm.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:02 PM   #36
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All of the southwest desert areas also have mountains nearby. In September, pick camp spots with elevations above 5000-6000 feet; and daytime temperatures will usually be in the 80's, with night time lows of 55-65 degrees. If unsure, check almanac for specific locations on weather sites (e.g., Weather Forecast & Reports - Long Range & Local | Wunderground | Weather Underground).

Note: April is also good, but you may have to watch for winter conditions in upper elevations.

In fall and spring, 50-100 miles often separates harsh winter conditions from mid-summer heat -- That's why we like Arizona. However, suggest avoiding lower desert areas in July/August/September unless you are staying with relatives (in a house) or at a resort hotel, as 110+ is just plain hot; and many RV air conditioners cannot handle daytime heat load.
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We have had snow and freezing weather in Flagstaff during April and May.
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Flagstaff weather varies a lot, depending on the jet stream. We usually camp there in mid- to late-May; and this year it was 75-80 most days. Same time last year, it was 35-45 and light snow on one or two days (melted on contact).

In lower elevations, like Phoenix, Tucson and desert areas, tax day is usually about the time we experience the first near-100 degree weather. However, there are still lots of nice days left until it is consistently hot.
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Flagstaff weather varies a lot, depending on the jet stream. We usually camp there in mid- to late-May; and this year it was 75-80 most days. Same time last year, it was 35-45 and light snow on one or two days (melted on contact).
Flag does vary, being at 7k. This year, we all froze our hoses on the night of April the 13th and by noon on the 14th, we had 7" of snow! Best to check ahead before wandering into that area in April.
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Fall is the best for great weather. Although mountains can have snow in Sept. (so can Colorado's Front Range cities), usually nothing too serious until late Oct. and Nov. Valleys and plains are much less likely to see snow in the first half of fall. If it comes, it will generally melt really fast. Aspens change in late Sept.

In the spring, snow can linger into summer in the mountains, though it varies a lot. In the past 20 years, spring run off is usually coming earlier and earlier, but some years are different.

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Hi Favorite camp ground near Sedona , Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, and do the Verde River RR
day trip, be really nice in Sept. Also some great indian ruins in that area, and Jerome has become
a great area to have lunch in and shop. Can always do the PINK JEEP rides in Sedona
Some of my favorite NM camping areas were devastated this summer with wild fires. Would check before
you head there.
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We are staying in Williams and taking the GC railroad and then heading south to Sedona for 3 nights. After that, heading south to Carlsbad.
There is a restaurant at Sedona Airport that I'd definitely recommend you check out. I believe it's called the Mesa Grill. They serve breakfast and lunch. Great place to catch the planes taking off and landing.

I've actually flown in there myself about a half a dozen times. It's a very exciting take off/landing. The runway's on an incline and the airport is up on a mesa. It feels like you're landing on an aircraft carrier and the winds on the approach are very exciting.
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