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Old 07-30-2014, 06:15 PM   #15
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A few years ago we stayed at Bandolier, really liked it, and, as hikers, never ran out of things to do. The other ancestral Pueblo ruins in the area (like Chaco Canyon) were super, but we couldn't get into the (full, no revs) camgrounds, and it was a long way over a bad road into Chaco to camp anywhere else. Not so taken with Los Alamos (a bit creepy) but we found the Vietnam War memorial in Angel Fire, NM to be very moving.
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...we found the Vietnam War memorial in Angel Fire, NM to be very moving.
The tip-off is all the boxes of Kleenex sitting around the place. You need them.

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Old 07-30-2014, 09:58 PM   #17
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We use the Enchanted Trails RV Park just west of Albuquerque for the night before the annual Balloon Festival in October. We are approaching from Phoenix which is a southwest approach into the area. We form up at the Camping World next door to the RV park to caravan to the field in small groups.

We found that we like Santa Fe Skies RV Park when we stay in the Santa Fe area for the opera and seeing old friends. We were introduced to that park during a 4CU rally early this summer and will be back there next week for a few days starting our first multi stop trip with our Airstream.

We have cruised the four corners area on both Harley and the GoldWing motorcycles from our house we had in Santa Fe for many years. Really a lovely area in the summer but darn cold in the winter.

Lots of summer pop up thunderstorms in the Santa Fe and Taos area, so bring the leak detector and use it often.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:07 PM   #18
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How have all of you found traveling with pets to be? I would like to bring my English Setter along this time. He is pretty well behaved, especially around people, but has about a 30 second attention span (has the free run of 20 acres at home here, so has lots of "distractions") but he likes to ride, and might be good company. Are most campgrounds and especially national parks and lands "pet friendly"? Happy Trails! Rolland


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Our 18 yr. old 10 LB. poodle is now blind but love to go with us anywhere. Heading to north country high peaks area for two weeks tomorrow! Will let you know more when we return as we will be off the grid for nearly two weeks.

She will not likely enjoy hiking like in her earlier years but should enjoy the BBQ's & scouting for loons on the lake. ...and we packed both her life vest & sweaters for expected chilly weather.
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In Durango at the Alpen Rose RV Park on US 550 there is a several acre dog playground. The KOA in Cortez on US 160 also has a several acre dog playground. The Santa Fe Skies RV park has a modest size dog play ground.
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My forty pound ES is traveling with me. We were going to stay on the east coast for a while, but we are headed west as there is open space where she can run....
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Rolland, with a few exceptions National Parks and Monuments are very strict about dogs. They can be walked on-leash in campgrounds, roads and parking lots, but normally are not allowed on the trails. This can make US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management camping more pet-friendly.
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Thanks for the info-I was not sure if dogs were allowed at all in most places, but assumed they had to be on a leash. Have traveled quite a bit, but never with pets. On another topic, are memberships to clubs like KOA or Good SAMs worth getting anymore? Are most of the KOAs pet friendly? Thanks, Rolland


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Good Sam still exists, Rolland, but I frankly wonder if I'd join. It's only worth 10% off the stay, which is less than the tax on the stay in these parts, and you have to pay Good Sam in order to get it. Even so, a whole bunch of people do belong to Good Sam, just about every other customer we get.

I'm not sure about the KOA card thing. What I am sure about is that there aren't many KOA campgrounds in these parts. I think there might be one in Santa Fe and one in Las Vegas (NM), but that'd be about for north central NM.


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Thanks Lynn-Kind of what I was thinking-Already have Disabled Vet, America the beautiful, and AARP. Adding more might be redundant. How late in the year are you open?


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We usually stay open until middle of October at the latest, but this year it'll probably be sooner: I have to take my wife to a follow-up appointment at a hospital in Denver in October. If I can get our poop together, I'd like to go up in the Airstream rather than staying in motels again.


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The folks at the Alpen Rose RV park in Durango stated that all signs point to an early winter and that instead of closing 1 October, they might have to close in September. So keep a weather eye open as surprise snow storms can show up really quick like summer thunderstorms.....
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Gosh, I sure hope not. However, late summer or fall snow is not that terrible. It melts either right away or fairly soon. While still on the ground, it's also picturesque because it contrasts nicely with the other colors still there. (Snow in, say, late November is another story. It just stacks up and stays around until sometime in April in the high country. And unless you like white, white, white and more white as scenery, it's not that pretty.)


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