So why? To get settled into our COE (Army Corps of Engineers) volunteer spot before the campers start rolling in. John is volunteering at the Coralville Lake COE campground again this year, and since we had to have a new roof put on our camper while in Sierra Vista, AZ with multiple delays, we had little time to enjoy our scenery as we traveled across country.
Although we do not like traveling this far in this short amount of time, we were able to plan it out so we only had to go about 200 miles a days. This means we could get up in the morning, do our pack up things, drive for about 3 to 4 hours, and get to our new camp spot early enough to play or explore. Ideally I would have liked to spend a couple more days at each of our spots but I guess we need to leave something to do for a later date.
Our first stop was a really nice rest stop. Now normally we do not stop at rest stops for the night but this one was better than some of our paid camping spots. I really would recommend the rest stop on I-10 just west of Deming, AZ.
White Sand Dunes. We tend to stay on base when in this area because it is centrally located and easy to get around.
Then we got up early, and decided to go an extra hundred miles and stop half way through the day in order to get a little further. It was kind of rainy at the three rivers petrogylphs but we still enjoyed the little hike, and will make this another must-come-again stop. The campground at the petrogyphs is really nice and they even have 2 full hook-up sites at the BLM area. Our final stop for the night was at a really nice COE/State park in New Mexico.
Our next stop was a new stop, and the campground was really well maintained and easy to get to. There was a nice playground across from the water/electric site, and it was only $19 a night. Plus since it was still early in the season, we had the whole place to ourselves.
little state park was in a beautiful setting back in the woods but only 5 minutes off I-35. There were some hills getting back into it but it was totally worth it.