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Old 01-12-2023, 07:52 AM   #1
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Leaving OKC 4-15 headed to Las Vegas. Planning on stopping in Tucumcari the first night. Looks to be a good KOA there. On to Gallup NM the next day. USA RV park there. The next day headed to Laughlin, Nv. there for two days for a little golf and gambling. On to Las Vegas Wednesday morning to the Oasis RV park. Mostly golf in Vegas as we a in a benefit golf tournament for two days. Easing back to Oklahoma on Saturday. Any kwickie stops that we need to make going or coming? Each leg is about 350-400 miles going out, so not a bog amount of free time, but some.
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How many days to get home?
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Old 01-12-2023, 11:02 AM   #3
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We haven't decided yet. Two or three. It is about 1k miles. We can/do go 500 a day, but don't really like to.
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Old 01-12-2023, 12:12 PM   #4
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1100 miles in 2-3 days is out of my league. Assuming you're towing; Williams AZ (Grand Canyon RW RV Park) is about 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon south rim and Grand Canyon Village. Albuquerque (American RV resort) there is Sandia Peak Tram. Amarillo (Oasis RV Park) has The Big Texan and Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
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We have stayed at two of the parks you mentioned - the Tucumcari KOA and the Oasis RV Park. The Oasis RV Park is huge, but very nice. Do mind the speed limit in the park as they are serious about enforcing it. The Tucumcari KOA is in the middle of nowhere and we just did an overnight quickie there as we were in the midst of back to back to back 500+ mile days.

In Laughlin we stayed at the Riverside RV Park. Nice people and a good buffet at the Riverside Resort.

If possible I would modify your trip and stay in Williams, AZ. They have a nice Route 66 area of town with plenty of good food and shops. We also did the train to the Grand Canyon which was well worth it.

Also don't miss a quick stop in Winslow, AZ so you can get some pictures "standin' on the corner".

Driving on I40 went very smoothly for us and we were able to make good time.

Hope you have a great trip.
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Old 01-12-2023, 03:16 PM   #6
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In the Vegas area, Red Rock Canyon and City of Rocks State Park are two nice places for day hikes. The exposed red and white layers of rock can be seen there (and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon) and will amaze you.
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Old 01-13-2023, 02:30 PM   #7
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...City of Rocks State Park...
I think that's in SW New Mexico.

Maybe you mean the Valley of Fire State Park...that's a good one.
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I think that's in SW New Mexico.

Maybe you mean the Valley of Fire State Park...that's a good one.
Right. Got my trips confused.
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Old 01-13-2023, 04:06 PM   #9
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Just about 15 miles west of Winslow, AZ is the Meteor Crater, and interesting site with a very well-done museum. It's about a half-mile across, about a mile and a half around the rim. Apollo astronauts did some training there because the topology and rocks were similar to what they expected to find on the moon.

There's a nice (although sometimes a little dusty) right at the exit on I-40. Even though it's near the highway, there's very little traffic noise.

Near Holbrook, AZ, also just off of I-40, you have easy access to Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. Try to see the Painted desert near sunrise or sunset to make the colors really pop.

Just on the west edge of Williams is Bear-izona. We expected it to be really hokey, but it turned out to be a very nice drive-through animal preserve. Lots of bears, bison -- including a surprisingly large herd of white bison -- and more.
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Old 01-14-2023, 11:36 AM   #10
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1100 miles is even three days is also out of our league. we've stayed at usa rv park and oasis and they are both nice places. most of the attractions along i-40 have been mentioned but i don't see how you'll have time for them with the number of miles you intend to do each day.

if you had time:
williams with a day to take the train to the grand canyon.
a few miles off your route is sedona
we liked the meteor crater museum / tour
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Old 01-23-2023, 01:57 PM   #11
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Ditto on Red Rock Canyon. Also about a 45-minute drive outside of LV is Mt. Charleston, 12K feet up. Great ski lodge for lunch and beers and at that time of year there should be snow up there.
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Old 01-23-2023, 02:29 PM   #12
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We stumbled onto the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in new Mexico.

Harvest Host site.

Likely too far out of your way. But, we enjoyed two nights there. Free.
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We just went and checked out Red Rock Canyon on a drive-through the scenic drive:

https://imgur.com/gallery/A4j0WKU


And then I also did a bike ride over to the Hoover Dam through the old railroad tunnels. that was neat:

https://imgur.com/gallery/Ww6v4yK


Some things to do along the way w/ the RV + toad:
- Amarillo, Jack Sizemore RV Museum, drive into and out of Palo Duro Canyon SP
- Sante Fe, Meow Wolf
- Albuquerque, Hot air balloon museum, musical road
- Holbrook, meal at Alibertos, drive through Petrified Forest & Painted Rocks & stop at overlooks
- Winslow, standing on a corner
- Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire SP, Seven Magic Mountains desert sculpture
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Old 01-24-2023, 11:10 AM   #14
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ependy, Valley of Fire SP was the other place I was trying to remember that is also a great place to visit, plus they have a pretty neat campground.
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On your way through Amarillo you might want to stop to have a quick look at Cadillac Ranch. It only takes a few minutes and, well, it's unusual.
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Old 01-27-2023, 08:45 AM   #16
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On the way back to OKC, stay in Amarillo, you'll pass Cadillac Ranch, stay at the Amarillo KOA, have dinner at The Big Texan and go see Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It is second in size to the Grand Canyon. Absolutely, beautiful.
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Cadillac Ranch, I can hear Bruce Springsteen now....
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