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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Enchanted (New Mexico, pt. 1)

Each time I visit New Mexico I become more enchanted by it's beauty, the people and everything the state offers.

This visit was no different; begining with my first night.

New Mexico offers shaded respite, along Interstate 10. You can overnight at these rest areas and I did. (Thanks,!)

I continued on to Truth or Consequences and was, again, enthralled by New Mexico. For some great information and pictures about T or C check out Happy Trails' post about their home town.

Truth or Consequences seems to be very RV and Van Dweller friendly. One morning, I was walking Stumpy and there was a Class A rig, parked on the side of the road, it's generator and a propane tank were set out on the sidewalk. I also noted a couple of vans and a fifth wheel parked in the same spot, by the river, almost the entire time I was in town.

My first night in T or C, I stayed in Elephant Butte State Park.
At $6.00 a night for primitive camping and $10.00 for the amenities, including a shelter and fire pit. This is a nice little wayside camping spot. The campground overlooks the Rio Grande River. It's open year round, has 17 (I think) shelters, is big enough for most rigs and has porta potties and restrooms/showers (only open from May through October).

I was thrilled to see my first Great Blue Heron, in two years.

The Rio Grande was not so grand, at this point. People were fishing and it was teeming with birds but was not running and was murky and algae-filled. Stumpy didn't care. She would have swam in it in spite of being advised not to, by the locals.

Had I not already made reservations, elsewhere, I would have been happy to stay here for the duration of the 14 day limit.

The campsites are first come/first serve and can't be reserved. I arrived on a Saturday around 4pm and only 4 of the 17 campsites were occupied.


  1. Hi Cyndi - glad you enjoyed your night at the rest area! We always stop there if we're passing by at the end of the day. I was the one who posted the original description on FreeCampsites - best rest area we've ever found!

  2. Thanks for the pics! The Rio Grande look like small creek :(

  3. I love NM...the art, the food, the land itself!!! I'm don't RV...but follow the blogs and dream....maybe someday!? I try to get to NM at least once a recharges my soul. Enjoying your posts...

  4. I'm with you - NM rocks! I look forward to exploring more there in the future.

  5. Hi Cyndi....Just a is Elephant Butte State Park not Eagle Butte....I hate to correct...just in case someone is looking for it....

  6. We're starting to think about escaping Tucson's gravitational pull (it is massive), and hearing more enchantment from NM is just the ticket.

  7. Nice to know! Love hearing about your escapades!

  8. Karen and Tony! I never heard the trains or the traffic! I was soooooo surprised there was only one other irg taking advantage of the bargain! Thanks for contributing to!Such a great resource. And I've recently discovered your interactive maps! Yippeeeee!!! One can never have too many resources!

    Ryan, The Rio Grande was pathetic at that point. Much grander down stream!

    TurquoiseMoon, I fell in Love with NM my first time driving through in 1979. So happy to return and spend some time, instead of whipping through!

    Kim, I am definitely getting a NM State Park pass when I return in the fall. See you there?

    Bri, I appreciate the correction. Eagle Butte is a long way away! Physically, anyways! It was great spending time with you and Kit. Looking forward to the next time!

    Good Luck Ducks, I think you will find NM's pull just as strong!

    Care, I am LOVING my escapades.It could only be better if more of my friends and family could join me!