4 Southwest RV Travel Gems

Owning an recreational vehicle is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to branch out and identify new roads you’ve yet to discover. That’s why Vogel Talks RVing is posting a series of blog articles—each one focusing on a different region or state.

In today’s post we’ll focus on four favorite “lesser-known” travel locations in the Southwest including recommended RV parks. All selected parks have been personally visited.

Mesilla, New Mexico

Mesilla © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mesilla © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This little town, just two miles southwest of Las Cruces, is steeped in history. Mesilla (“Little Tableland”) is a small town by today’s standards but 150 years ago it was the largest city between San Antonio and San Diego. Mesilla hasn’t changed much over the years, allowing visitors to see what an 1800s border town looked like.

From its origins as a simple dirt lot, the plaza has developed through time with a replica 1930s-era bandstand. On the north end of the Plaza is the Basilica of San Albino. Stroll the streets Billy-the-Kid and Pancho Villa once walked, check out the shops, and find unique Southwestern gifts to take back home.

Where to Stay: Hacienda RV and Rally Resort, Las Cruces

Easy-on, easy-off Hacienda RV and Rally Resort is a big rig friendly park with 50/30 amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV located center to rear of site. Paved streets and gravel sites with landscaped privacy dividers.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a sprawling, remote gorge in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Dozens of side canyons spill into it, sloping creeks and red-walled slots flanked by high cliffs, hoodoos, and arches.

Glen Canyon’s 1.25 million acres encompass Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and Lees Ferry, known for its trout fishing and as the put-in spot for Colorado River raft trips.

Where to Stay: Wahweap RV Park & Campground, Page, Arizona

Wahweap RV Park and Campground offers 139 full hook-up sites with 30/50 amp electric service and free Wi-Fi. With a stunning view of Wahweap Bay, sites accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length. All campsites have charcoal grills and picnic tables.

Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tombstone © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

During its 1880s heyday, Tombstone, the “Town Too Tough to Die,” boasted 10,000 gunslingers, gamblers, prospectors, and prostitutes. Sparked by Edward Schieffelin’s silver strike (skeptics warned he’d only find his own tombstone), the raucous town boasted more than 60 saloons. Tombstone is known for the famous street fight near the OK Corral between Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday vs. Frank and Tom McLaury, and Billy and Ike Clanton.

Where to Stay: Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory, Benson, Arizona

A 5-star park, Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory offers pull-through and back-in sites. The park is clean and well maintained. Interior roads are asphalt; back-in sites are gravel with pull-through sites asphalt. The park is easy-on easy-off (I-10 at Exit 304, south one-half mile on Ocotillo Avenue).

Pahrump, Nevada

Dante’s View, Death Valley National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Dante’s View, Death Valley National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Pahrump, Nevada is easy to reach and hard to forget. It’s an hour west of Las Vegas, a city so famous it needs no introduction, and an hour east of Death Valley National Park, a place known for extremes. In the heart of the desert, Pahrump is the perfect place to enjoy the best of southern Nevada.

Where to Stay: Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages

Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages is a pleasant 5-star RV resort. The park offers back-in sites facing east and snow-peaked Mt. Charleston. All interior roads are paved. The sites are mostly level and gravel and will accommodate big rigs.

Worth Pondering…

America is laced with nooks and crannies, good places that go undiscovered by many mainstream travelers.

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