The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is less than 10 miles from the Cochiti Lake campground where we have been staying. It is a must see whenever you are close to this area. During summer it is best to get there early. Parking is limited and they may need to regulate vehicles entering the park when the parking lots fill up. Delays can be 30 to 90 minutes in these cases. At the same time, summertime temperatures can get very hot. Bring plenty of water.
We hiked the first 1/2 mile segment of the Cave Loop trail and then joined the 2 mile (round trip) Slot Canyon trail. This trail is not to be missed. The 630′ ascent includes steep and rocky terrain as well as some narrow passages. The views of the geological formations in the area are spectacular.
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Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Site Quality: Gravel pull thru spots with covered picnic tables.
Type: Short term only and no reservations.
Access: Just off highway 25 south of Albuquerque at exit 215 with easy access for big rigs.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities: Laundry, showers and restrooms. Each site has a covered picnic table and grill. There was also a community room. Shuttle service to the casino nearby. Road Runner train station next door.
Cellular/WiFi: AT&T and Verizon 4 bars. They had unsecured WiFi but we did not use it.
What we liked: Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Gated entry with a guard 24 hours. Felt safe and secure. Gravel pull-thru sites with room for a 41′ RV and the truck.
What we didn’t like: Train track nearby and numerous trains per day and night that had to blast their horn due to the road into the RV park. Little shade (trees are small). Awkward layout, picnic tables are at the front end of the slot well away from the middle of the rv. 8 PM quiet time was a bit early if you want to do things outside especially with guests. …
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Ruidoso lies in the Sierra Blanca mountain range of south-central New Mexico, where it merges with the Sacramento Mountains to the south. Ruidoso is a mountain resort community close to the slopes of Ski Apache, the Mescalero Apache Tribe-owned ski resort on Sierra Blanca, a 12,000-foot mountain. The tribe also operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort in the area, which includes a casino, hotel, and golf course. Ruidoso is the largest community in Lincoln County, and serves as the regional economic hub. The village received its name from the Rio Ruidoso (Spanish for “Noisy River”), a small stream that weaves through the city.
At nearly 7000′ elevation, Ruidoso is a great summer destination due to milder temperatures, particularly at night. A lot of frontier history can be explored in a