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Old 01-04-2007, 09:01 PM   #1
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My wife and I will be in Arizona and New Mexico Feb 16 thru March 2

We will need a camp ground near the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix Feb 23 and 24th.

We also need ideas from the four corners area to the Grand Canyon area to Phoenix to Carlsbad Caverns area. Both for what to see and where to camp.

This will be the longest trip we have ever taken in the Burro.

Any neat routes to see along the way would be good too.

We have never been south of Denver so this is all new country for us.
We need to be in Phoenix for a wedding so we making a vacation out of it and also celebrating our 20th anniversary.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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Hi Jim - last fall we camped at Lake Pleasant SP outside of Phoenix. It was a very nice CG, and not too far from the relatives & city stuff.

If you'll be traveling I-10, there are some nice CG's in Benson & St. David, AZ. We've also stayed at Los Lobos RV park, a Passport America park in Deming, NM (a bit off the beaten track, but affordable).

If you will be coming south from Albuquerque, Elephant Butte SP (I think that's the name of it) is a great CG. New Mexico has an annual pass program which reduces the cost per night of camping.

A great vacation/anniversary trip - hope this info will be useful. L 'n D
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Thanks for the info

We will be coming from Minnesota thru Denver, then four corners area, then south rim grand canyon, then Phoenix, then carlsbad cavern, Witchata then home

The wedding is at the Botanical gardens in phoenix near hwy 10 and 17.
I will check those camp grounds you gave me.
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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We stayed at the Calf Canyon Bed & Breakfast in right next to 4 Corners. It is owned by a Casita owner “Duke and Sarah Hayduk”. They were very hospitable and let us park in the yard with water and electricity. Very nice people we met at the First National Casita Rally. You might give them a call and see if they have any options or ideas in their area.

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7th East at Black Locust on the Historic Loop
P.O. Box 218
Bluff, Utah 84512
435-672-2470 or Toll Free: 888-922-2470

Calf Canyon Bed & Breakfast will be closing November 1, 2006, and re-opening on April 1, 2007. During the closed season we will be taking reservations for 2007.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:08 AM   #5
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Wow, I get sick (altitude) going over those passes during the summer. Add to that the weather conditions in winter and I would really freak out. Eisenhower tunnel is not my favorite place. Don't even think about some rental moving truck when going through.

When we travel to the SW in the early spring we take I 40 instead. I am more comfortable on that highway. I do want to do the Denver route again, but it will have to be summer and fair weather. My husband doesn't get sick. If you have lung or heart problems think about the south route, or just watch the weather and think of the other option.

We love the SW, enjoy yourselves.

Nancy from way far north MN.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
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We stayed at the Ute Mountain Casino just south of Cortez, CO a few years back. The RV park was inexpensive and the restaurant was great.

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L 'n D mentioned Lake Pleasant in the Phoenix area. It is actually a Maricopa County park. Three with camping are Lake Pleasant, Cave Creek and Usery Mountain. Usery Mountain may be more convenient for you and closer to the Botanical Gardens. It's near the Loop 202 freeway which goes right by the Botanical Gardens.

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Old 01-07-2007, 06:22 PM   #7
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Near four corners in AZ is Canyon de Chelly National Monument (Hwy 191, Chinle). It has a serviced campground that was (5 years ago) free.

The scenery is great in the canyon, and the Navajo community is interesting and friendly.
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I have stayed at Usery Park. The view is spectacular.

When they say "First come, First served", they mean it tho. It is highly used by the Snowbirds. at 18 a nite for water and electric, who can blame them? Our first nite there was spent in the overflow parking lot, THEN we got moved to spaces once they became available. We were 8th on the waiting list, and were in by noon.

There is a gun range across the hiway as well, it can get quite noisey.
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I think the Phoenix nights Febuary 23 and 24 we better stay a place that takes reservations and has a shower building. Would hate to show up a neice in laws wedding looking like I roda a Burro from Minnesota to Phoenix
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I think the Phoenix nights Febuary 23 and 24 we better stay a place that takes reservations and has a shower building. Would hate to show up a neice in laws wedding looking like I roda a Burro from Minnesota to Phoenix

Jonell and I appreciate all of the help you are giving us.

Being are first Winter cross country trip it is a little scary - This coming from some one with 40 plus years experience in Racing.

We have alway traveled in the summer, but now that the youngest is in college and we have this wedding to go to, were are ready for a new adventure - besides we camped in Glacier on our Honeymoon 20 years ago next may 15th. - it was 30 below and a blizzard when we crossed Logan pass. The flag poles we under snow yet. It was the earliest Logan pass had been open.
Just because we near retirement age does not mean we can't be a little brave .
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The Botanical Garden is in the southeast part of Phoenix. You might want to check out any KOA parks in Phoenix or Tempe. I know that there are RV parks in Mesa and Apache Junction. Apache Junction is about a 30-40 minute drive from the Garden. Superstition Freeway will get you to Mesa and the Junction quickly if not in rush hour.
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