Clayton, NM

Clayton, NM

This was a one night stop on the way from Colorado to Texas. Although Clayton has some restaurants, a few small stores, a small museum, and some truck stops (Love’s was great with the TSD fuel card and we saved about 20 cents per gallon); there just isn’t much more there.

Park Review – Coyote Keeth’s RV Park

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Site Quality / Amenities: Gravel roads and pads. Large amount of space between each site. There are restrooms with showers but no other amenities.
Type: Commercial Park
Access: Right off of US-87 on the south east side Clayton, NM
Staff: We didn’t have any interaction with staff at the park except for the camp host in our loop. He was friendly and helpful.
Cellular/Wi-Fi: Verizon was fast at about 76 Mbps.
Restaurants: We didn’t eat out while we were there.
Nearby parks: We didn’t check out any other parks in the area.
What we liked: The sites were wide and just long enough to stay hooked up for a quick departure the next day. There is a good amount of room between each site.
What we didn’t like: There is a train track across US-87 but they didn’t use their horns and noise was minimal. It was very windy the night we arrived but that isn’t unusual for the area.
Verdict: Great place for an overnight stop but not much more as there just isn’t much there.

Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

We stayed here in mid-October for a week to visit our son Matthew and grandson Anders. Because the primary reason for this stop was to see family, we didn’t do a lot of exploring in the area. As might have been expected we had a few warm days followed by some heavy snow that didn’t stick and then some cooler days and nights. We plan to return when we can enjoy being outside more to enjoy the views.

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Gering (Scotts Bluff), NE

Gering (Scotts Bluff), NE

Scotts Bluff and Gering are two towns in south western Nebraska with the main draw for tourists here being the Oregon and California emigration trails along with the Pony Express going through the area as our nation grew westward in the mid-1800’s. The bluff that sits here, Scotts Bluff (as opposed to the town of Scotts Bluff) was a major landmark in the area used by emigrants while navigating the trails through Mitchell Pass. Scotts Bluff was named for Hiram Scott, an employee of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, who died in the vicinity of the bluff in 1826 after being abandoned by his companions after becoming ill.

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Hill City, SD

Hill City, SD

We spent a week near Hill City primarily to see Mount Rushmore and to visit a few of the nearby towns. As you will soon find out, we didn’t even know about Custer State Park when we did our original planning but we’re sure glad we were tipped off to it when someone found out we were going to be in the area. We were sure glad we didn’t miss it as we took more pictures there than anywhere else. The featured image at the top of this post is of Sylvan Lake within the park and is one of my favorite pictures of all time. The beauty in this part of South Dakota is just unbelievable!

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West Yellowstone, MT

West Yellowstone, MT

We spent 18 days in West Yellowstone taking in the local attractions and seeing as much of Yellowstone National Park as we could. Even though there are museums and other things to do in the town of West Yellowstone (like shopping for the ladies :-)) the big attraction here is of course Yellowstone National Park. While I’ll talk about that more later, let’s just say that Yellowstone absolutely must be on your bucket list if you have never been before!

West Yellowstone is an ideal place to stay (unless you are inside the park somewhere) because from there you can easily get to anywhere in the park without too much of a drive. Of course, too much is relative. The park is very large so you will be doing a lot of driving but from the west side you’re sort of in the middle of the action and you are also closest to the most popular sites within the park such as Old Faithful.

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