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Old 09-19-2016, 04:45 PM   #1
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Amarillo to Carlsbad Caverns NM

We'll be traveling this way in October in a 30 ft motorhome towing. Google and Mapquest want to use US 60 to US 70 to US 285. Looks OK on the map but is this a good route? I saw a post warning that US 285 is terrible but it was going south from Carlsbad in Texas.

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Old 09-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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I ran 285 From Carlsbad to I-10 in June this year, it is rough and the semi truck traffic is heavy between Carlsbad and Fort Stockton.

The rough goes both ways, never saw the sign at the NM/TX line going south best guess is someone ran over it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:32 PM   #3
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I was born in El Paso, went to college in Amarillo and raised a family in Lubbock.

If it were me I would spend as little time as possible on NM roads. And yes all of 285 sucks.

I'd take 27 down to Lubbock then 62 SW all the way to Seminole then west to Carlsbad. All of this is divided highway. Mucho Gooder

I'll bet it's all about the same mileage.
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Looks good, it's 8 minutes longer but looks well worth it. I'll give her a go. Thanks!
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Stay off of 285 at all costs. It is horrible! Carlsbad RV is a great dealership and helped us get going after 285 tried to destroy our 5er.
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I was born in El Paso, went to college in Amarillo and raised a family in Lubbock.

If it were me I would spend as little time as possible on NM roads. And yes all of 285 sucks.

I'd take 27 down to Lubbock then 62 SW all the way to Seminole then west to Carlsbad. All of this is divided highway. Mucho Gooder

I'll bet it's all about the same mileage.
Second this!!!! We go from Midland to Cloudcroft regularly. I stay in TX as long as possible. NM roads are narrow, rough, and slow.
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We want to continue travel on 62 west past Carlsbad to Guadalupe MT and then to I-10 in AZ. I hate going though I-10 at El Paso. Can somebody comment on this alternate route plan: 62 west to 375 to 54 and 213 north of El Paso to 404 west to I-10 (skipping the mountain crossing west on 375).

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Don't miss El Paso, lots of great things there.
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KOA RV Park just north of Carlsbad is one of the best we have ever encountered. The bathrooms are like something out of a high-end hotel!! Short drive from there to the Caverns, and well worth the effort. Plan on spending at least a few days, and make sure to buy some Hatch Chili Peppers!! That's where my wife bought me some "Special Sh*t" seasonings, and we've been hooked ever since.
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We want to continue travel on 62 west past Carlsbad to Guadalupe MT and then to I-10 in AZ. I hate going though I-10 at El Paso. Can somebody comment on this alternate route plan: 62 west to 375 to 54 and 213 north of El Paso to 404 west to I-10 (skipping the mountain crossing west on 375).

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Perfect route around El Pisso... Er... El Paso!!!! We take most of this route frequently between Las Cruces and the airport. Definitely better than going on 375 over the trans mountain pass or through el paso via I-10. Have a great trip!
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