It has been some time since we have been there, we entered by the South, exited by the North/East. South was longer on dirt and rougher. You might want to call the Park and ask about road conditions. Can't help with info on campgrounds outside of the Park. I remember some forest service campgrounds near Cuba, NM.
There is BLM camping are at Angel Peak Nat'l Rec Area: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreatio...Angel_Peak.html
The best route I believe is the northern entrance: turn off US 550 at CR 7900--3 miles southeast of Nageezi and approximately 50 miles west of Cuba (at mile 112.5). This route is clearly signed from US 550 to the park boundary (21 miles). The route includes 8 miles of paved road (CR 7900) and 13 miles of rough dirt road (CR7950), this would be the best route in. If you want a wide place to stay, if there is one close to were CR 7900 turns into or onto the dirt road. That would be the closes place to leave the trailer with only the 13 miles of dirt road to travel to your unit.
We have gone in twice, the first route we went in is now closed, the second time we went in from the Crownpoint way and it was long and rough, we went out towards Nageezi which was less on dirt and not as rough, but that can change from time to time. I would like to go again with the egg, we did not have it when we went before. It is a long drive pulling a trailer due to having to go slow in the rough. But I have not taken our egg over rough roads yet so no personal experience to offer.
On many of the maps (on the offical NM state map for sure), the northern route has the roads going into the park from Nageezi which is the way we went in our first time. However, the road into the park is closed because it went right by Pubelo Bonito and the traffic vibrations were causing damage to it. http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/traf...dtraveltips.htm
As listed the new route is 3 miles southeast of Nageezi. There was a trading post at Nageezi, if still there, they may let you park there? There seems to be a Bed & Breakfast Inn. Nageezi Trading Post. Nageezi, NM 87037. 505-632-3646 If no luck at Nageezi Trading Post, north of Nageezi is Blanco Trading Post 12341 Highway 550, Bloomfield, NM 87413 (505) 632-121
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We have been there twice, but it has been many years since we were last there (1996 I believe). I want to go again. I believe I will take my time on the dirt road and take the egg in. Good luck, give us a report of how it went and where you stayed. Coming from Tucson, it would be a much longer trip to enter by the north. I would think, the road conditions would vary. The south would have more dirt road to cover, but much closer to reach from your location. I can not remember anything over there to suggest. Someone recommended letting the air out of the trailer tires
when traveling on the dirt to give the trailer a smoother ride. Not sure if they said how much, I'd guess from 50lbs to 30lb would work. But remember to take along an air pump to fill them after getting back on good roads if you happen to change you mind. Happy trails. After viewing the videos, the south road may now be better than the north?
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