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Old 12-18-2018, 03:05 PM   #1
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Phoenix to Ardmore over New Years

Hi all! Iíll be driving from the Scottsdale area to Ardmore, OKC after Christmas and am on my own so prefer to minimize my daily drive time. Anyone have suggestions on routes? Parks? Favorites? I am thinking of taking 10 through Tucson to Las Cruces and MAYBE San Antonio & Austin? Itís a bit of a rough draft at the moment and looking for ideas. Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:15 PM   #2
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Route is good...depending on the weather...check allstays.com or campendium for campsites along the way.
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Old 12-18-2018, 05:59 PM   #3
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San Antonio and Austin are far south of Ardmore. You might be better off taking I-20 where it diverges from I-10 east of El Paso. If you want to stay on the interstates, I-20 to Ft. Worth and then I-35 to Ardmore. Or, there is a route from the Abilene area up through Wichita Falls on non-interstate highways that would be a bit shorter.
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San Antonio and Austin are far south of Ardmore. You might be better off taking I-20 where it diverges from I-10 east of El Paso. If you want to stay on the interstates, I-20 to Ft. Worth and then I-35 to Ardmore. Or, there is a route from the Abilene area up through Wichita Falls on non-interstate highways that would be a bit shorter.


Iím trying to stay as warm as possible for as long as possible! Hence the long southern trek though. You are right - it would be easier to go straight across on the 40 but Iím nervous about storm and weather.... I might just need to man up.
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I would avoid I-40 in Arizona and New Mexico.
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Itís not unusual for the weather to be worse south of Dallas/Ft Worth, so check the weather before heading south that time of year.
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Bgibbs is right. Ice storms can affect your southern route as well. Fortunately, such storms don't happen often in North Texas. One or two a year is typical. They usually don't affect driving conditions for more than a day or two. So, keep an eye on the forecast, and be prepared to hole up and stay off the road if you need to.

I'd agree that I-40 is a bit far north this time of year, because so much of that route lies in mountainous country. High elevations make it colder.
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Keep an eye on the forecast and take the route that looks best weather wise as you leave for Okc
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If you have time when in Las Cruces consider checking out Mesilla.
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287 out of Amarillo to Wichita Falls is a good road and then I44 north to 70 in OK over to Ardmore. Wichita Falls has a free camping area off of I44 at the "falls".
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