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Old 07-21-2019, 05:34 PM   #1
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Traveling Rt10 through Texas

Hi, Looking for some travel info from anyone who has traveled west bound along Rt10 through Texas into New Mexico. We recently met up with some locals from Texas near the Mexican border. They strongly urged us to STAY OFF of Rt 10 near El Paso and beyond due to crime and unsafe travel conditions. Has anyone encountered problems in this area? Any suggestions as to an alternate route heading west bound from southern Louisiana? Our ultimate destination is southern California near Temecula, CA. Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:37 PM   #2
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Bump up to i20, I40 or the scenic route on us380 through Roswell
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:07 PM   #3
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You were fed a bunch of ignorant crap. It's perfectly safe. Go I-10, take a detour down to Monahans dunes, Big Bend, etc: you'll love it.

Now I-20 through Dallas... There you'll need the 101st Airborne with you. Those Cowboy fans are crazy.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:11 PM   #4
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And Pappy’s BBQ in Monahans is absolutely worth a stop on the way by. Killer good food.
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Just made a couple of trips west on I-10. If all east/west freeways were as smooth as I-10, I would have options heading to Ca. A couple of new rest areas that are the nicest I’ve seen. There are some nice sites along the way you can visit. We normally head west from Central Texas and spend the night at Hueco Tanks State Park. Have fun and we’ve never had any issues.
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Reviewing this route for a future trip. I10 is most straight forward. There is a work around on 62 to 375 and up to Las Cruces. However it's somewhat out of the way unless you want to visit Carlsbad. Also, the route skims the edge of El Paso.

The crime warnings we have heard about on I10 were around the rest stops near or in Florida. Have not heard about crime around El Paso. It's supposed to have one of the lowest crime rates in Texas. The road condition on I10 is another story. Fingers crossed it's better than reported. Edit - Hope Bubba's info is spot on. That sounds to be real good news.

Transiting up to I40 is an option. That is the standard East-West Interstate route. Temecula is a bit out of the way from I40 but not a terrible diversion. We do plan to use I10. We avoid I40 if at all possible as we have made too many trips that way over the last 40 years.

Be careful where you jump up to I40. The oil rig service trucks have beat up some of the North-South routes. I thought 285, which runs up to Carlsbad, was one of those mentioned, but no personal experience, yet. Pat
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I-10 west between San Antonio and El Paso is fine, we do it all the time. There are some nice state parks along the way.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:39 PM   #8
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I-10 Road Construction

If you're thinking about I-10 anytime soon, be advised of major road works between Houston and San Antonio. I still think it's your best route, but you might consider Highway 90 as a better alternative unit you get past all the construction zones.
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I've done I-10 from Florida to California a number of times. IMO, I-10 in Louisianan is horrible condition wise. Whatever it takes I try to go through Baton Rouge and Houston on the weekends. Unless it's midnight or past I-10 over the river in Baton Rouge is a huge bottle neck. After doing it several times I try not to be going west through El Paso after 5 PM on a week day which seems to be a natural if I pass through Baton Rouge on Saturday and Houston on Sunday. On the west side of town the Interstate goes up a big hill with a mob of traffic and the setting sun right in your eyes. If it's a traffic jamb, often, then you are in stop and go traffic going up a long steep hill while towing a trailer with blazing sun in your eyes. Something about it makes me not like it. Other than that I like it. I like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument which is suppose to be dangerous and scary but it isn't. Big Bend is great as is the drive from Big Bend to Presidio on route 170 right along the Rio. We cross into Mexico, on foot, just west of Yuma regularly. I've never felt threatened.
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If you're thinking about I-10 anytime soon, be advised of major road works between Houston and San Antonio. I still think it's your best route, but you might consider Highway 90 as a better alternative unit you get past all the construction zones.
There’s also a lot of construction on I-10 just north of San Antonio, it will be nice when complete next year but is a real pain right now.
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IMO, I-10 in Louisianan is horrible condition wise. Whatever it takes I try to go through Baton Rouge and Houston on the weekends. Unless it's midnight or past I-10 over the river in Baton Rouge is a huge bottle neck. ...
I did this a few weeks ago going to Houston and back. Awful, awful, awful. But then, if you're heading West, at least the Baton-Rouge to New Orleans mess prepares you for the Chernobyl of Beaumont and environs. From Houston west, though, it's pretty much a (boring!) dream. Don't forget to stop in San Antonio. Great town to visit.
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I10 through Texas

This past April and March that section of I10 was uneventful except for some terrific BBQ, side trips to Big Bend, Marfa, around El Paso towards Las Cruces, White Sands...all without incident.
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I10 through Texas

This past April and March that section of I10 was uneventful except for some terrific BBQ, side trips to Big Bend, Marfa, around El Paso towards Las Cruces, White Sands...all without incident.
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We just did that trip to Austin from a KOA in Las Cruces NM only issue is the traffic and construction in El Paso
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