travel to SE NM/W TX

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  1. Dente deLion

    Dente deLion Well-Known Member

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    DH and I are planning to vacation in the Carlsbad area sometime in June. Does anyone have tips on what to see, what to avoid? Where to stay (we won't be camping)? What are the smoking laws around there - restaurants, etc.?
     
  2. Rowdy

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    If you have the time, slide on down the road, into Texas for a look into Guadalupe Mountain National Park. It has the tallest peak in Texas, but that would be a eight hour hike. There are several other smaller, great hikes, such as a few little four mile hikes that go from the barren desert floor to great canyons with water, evergreen trees, flowers, etc. Pretty stuff.
     

  3. SunsSpot

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    Check out "City Of Rocks State Park" and "Rock Hound State Park" if you get a chance, and if you do venture this far, also "Gila Cliff Dwellings".. Its a ways from Carlsbad, but I have lived in Silver City for 6 years, been to all of the places, and I wouldn't go to Carlsbad, or at least it wouldn't be my first choice..
     
  4. Dente deLion

    Dente deLion Well-Known Member

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    Wow, great suggestions. And I'm just thrilled about the rocks!! Now I'm getting all giddy again.....

    And for some reason I'm really wanting to know if there's a place with homemade ice cream that just knocks your socks off. I guess I have a hankerin' for ice cream today!
     
  5. bill not in oh

    bill not in oh Well-Known Member

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    Ruidoso is a must see. Take Rt 285 to Artesia, pick up 82 W into Cloudcroft (plan an hour for Cloudcroft), continue on 82 into Alamogordo (White Sands is pretty amazing for about 30 mins (unless you happen to get there when they have the 'howling at the moon'), Rt 54 N out of Alamo to Tularosa.

    Three Rivers Petroglyph Park is a great side trip from Tule. The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site site is located 17 miles north of Tularosa, Turn east at three Rivers, onto County Road B30, and follow signs for 5 miles on the paved road. Allow a couple of hours at least for this.

    Back to Tularosa where you pick up Rt 70 to Ruidoso. You go from about 1200' (I think) to 7000' in the 30 minute trip - the most scenic way into Ruidoso.

    Once in Ruidoso...

    fishing in the 'river' - they stock with rainbows and it's one of the few places in N. America where Brown trout occur naturally.
    Bonito Lake is nearby for fishing also.

    Ruidoso Downs Horse Track - Quarter Horse and Thoroughbreds. Home to the All American Futurity (largest Quarter Horse race in the world - You'll miss it - it's Labor Day weekend)

    Mescalero Apache Reservation has a world class resort including several incredible restaurants and a casino.

    Golf - I believe the only municipal course is the Links which is designed after a Scottish course - berms everywhere. I don't golf, but the folks I knew there really liked it.

    Shopping in the 'downtown' area - a bit touristy, but several very unusual shops and art galleries...

    I could go on, but those are the highlights - not everything for sure. This link will get you more complete info and has a schedule of events. Lots of historic events and museums - Have fun!

    http://www.ruidosonow.com/attractions.asp
     
  6. nodak3

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    Don't forget the desert gardens near Carlsbad. If La Fonda is still running in Artesia, be sure to get dinner there. You might also find it cool to go by the federal law enforcement training center there. If you are really bored, drive east of Artesia on 82 til you reach Loco Hills. Stop and look around. Come back to the boards and tell me what a rural place I grew up in! Enjoy, and I envy you your trip!
     
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    You have got to visit the Caverns. They are awsome. If you get hungry for good Mexican food visit Lucy's in Carlsbad.
     
  8. Dente deLion

    Dente deLion Well-Known Member

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    Terrific ideas, thanks all! Wish we were going much sooner! :)
     
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    I really love Fort Davis, Texas....Great Park in the mountains,the old Fort is in town, horseback riding in the mountains, jeep tours and if you like star gazing you can head up the mountains to the McDonald Observatory. Then if you like possible space aliens stuff you can head 20 miles south down to Marfa to see the Marfa "lights" that people say are "UFOs" :TFH: You also have the mining ghost town Shafter,TX lots of old ruins and a few people that still live there... :shrug: Just depends on what you like lots of stuff to go see out here. Main thing is Have FUN! :)
     
  10. Rowdy

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    yes, Fort Davis rocks! The time I went to Carlsbad, we drove down through Van Horn to get to Fort Davis. The scenery was amazing. Saw lots of antelope, mule deer, white tails just standing out in the open.

    Oh, just saw you are from Abilene! I'm about 20 miles north, between Hawley and Nugent.
     
  11. JessicaCat

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    My husband and I came back the day after Christmas from S.NM and Texas. My mom and sis are into aliens so we went to Roswell and went to the UFO museum in town. Also, where ever you may go in NM make sure you have a full tank of GAS!!! :) If you go to Cloudcroft <we didnt go that far> fuel up in Artesia. It is about 100-110 miles with no gas stations in between. Not even a little one. :) Scenery is beautiful. We stayed at Brantley Lake State Park with our camper. We only went through Carlsbad to get to the park. It is to say the least a city. Too crowded for us :) Have fun on your trip!!

    Jessicacat
     
  12. lvshrs

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    Cool! Been looking at land out that way!