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Oct 11, 2018 - El Paso to Roper Lake State Park

Left El Paso driving through New Mexico to get to Arizona. Roads were OK and once off the interstate the highway was well marked and not too busy. Roper Lake State Park was our destination. Fantastic Park! WIFI, full hookups, very spacious sites with casitas for picnic tables. We were camped on the lakeshore, which was mostly bullrushes, but it was so quiet there the sounds of the waterfowl in the evenings was quite settling. Palm trees, good trails, natural hot tub. It rained the entire time we were there, but we didn't care as it was an...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Gila Box Riparian NCA - NM - Camping For a Few Days

(Ron Writing) The past few days we’ve been going kind of slow drift towards Arizona for my next doctor appointment. Since we left Deming, NM we spent one night in Lordsburg, NM and a night in Safford, AZ. Then we spent three days in Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area about 20 miles northeast of Safford. We’d never heard of this place until our friends Don & Camilla told us about it after they camped here a couple weeks ago. This oasis in the desert is on the Gila River and operated by the BLM. There is a very nice campground...

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Mar 2, 2016 - Roper Lake State Park (2/21 - 2/24/16)

We arrived at Roper Lake State Park in Safford, AZ on Sunday. We weren't sure exactly what to expect. It is a really nice park on a small stocked lake. There are 3 separate areas and we were in Hacienda area. Tim had reserved site #43 and it was perfect. It backed up to a marshy area. There was a walkway to one side that took you through to one of the other areas. As the evening wore on there were many birds all in the trees around us. Running along the ground, in and out of the bushes, were many Gambels quail. They look very much like...

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Dec 25, 2015 - Gila Box National Conservation Area, Safford, AZ

We left Rockhound SP one day early to avoid weather moving in on the area. On our way up to Globe, AZ we explored the Gila Box. This cool place is along the Gila River. There is primitive camping available. Our purpose was to find the site where General Stephen Watts Kearney and Kit Carson spent the night on their journey to southern California. We found it marked by a marker along the high north bank of the Gila River.

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2014-2016 Travels

Mar 7, 2015 - A New Road

Usually, when we travel west, we stay on Interstate 10. This year, John's sis has moved to Apache Junction, AZ, so we have taken a different route into the Phoenix area. At Lordsburg, New Mexico, we turned north onto Highway 70. This will take us the back way into Apache Junction. -- We had planned on stopping in Lordsburg foe the night, but the reviews of the KOA there were terrible. Upon arriving, we could see why. Lordsburg has seen better days, probably a long, long time ago. There were quite a few run down motels that apparently hang...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Feb 16, 2015 - Ladybug Trail

Ladybug Trail, Coronado National Forest Sure sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it? Well, as is the case in nature, what appears to be harmless can bite you in the end! I was actually headed to Noon Creek this morning to hike the 3 ½ mile Mijilda Canyon Trail, but just before the trailhead, passed a gravel road turnoff that I had gone past yesterday, so took a brief detour just to see where it went. I knew it was short, because the end of the road was visible. When reaching the end, there was a trailhead sign for the Ladybug Trail, which is...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Safford, Swift Trail Parkway

Safford, Coronado Nat’l Forest, Swift Trail Parkway My curiosity is always peaked when seeing a road on a map going into mountains which dead ends at some unknown location. So the Swift Trail Parkway was beckoning. What made it even more intriguing were the large yellow warning signs advising against truck travel, and the fact that snow plowing does not take place at night, while off in the distance, one can see the snow topped mountain. What I’m sure is a nice Sunday drive for locals, was another first time adventure for me. The road...

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Feb 14, 2015 - Safford and Gila Box Riparian

Safford, AZ and Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area The more one travels through the desert, the more one appreciates the solitary waterways and their narrow riparian zones that are held in high esteem and quite well protected. Contrast this to the NW, where a waterway of some sort can be found in practically every nook and cranny. The Gila Box Riparian Zone involves both the Gila River and Bonita Creek, just outside Safford. I was actually quite surprised by the size of the Gila River, portions of which can be floated. Today...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Into Arizona

Up early for a nice ride out of Alamogordo with the wind and dust settled from the night before. Over the pass, we left the White Sands Missile Range, into Las Cruces for some Krispy Kremes, which reminded us of home. Leaving Las Cruces, we are stopped in the middle of nowhere by Border Patrol. Looking not so much like illegal aliens, he waved us through. A stop for lunch at Sparky's in Hatch, NM showed us some local hippie culture and some Harley riders. These guys passed us on Hwy 26, us cruising along at 68 mph. Of course, we passed them...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Mar 30, 2013 - Benson, AZ....

We pulled out of Safford right at 12 noon which was checkout time here at Roper Lake. It was a lovely drive along Hwy 191 until we reached I-10, destination Benson, Az. We've been in this area before so we hadn't planned to stay but one night. But as the day progressed we decided it might be nice to do a bit of exploring before we moved on. In addition to that, the Passport America park we are at is $8.75 + tax per night for full hookups. Now that's tough to beat. It is quite close to the Interstate and the train tracks as well, but...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Clifton...Part 2 of Byway

We arrived at the end of our 21 mile trip through the scenic Byway, turned left onto Hwy 191 and made our way the last few miles to Clifton which is nestled in the foothills at the bottom of the Coronado Trail. What a ton of history is to be found in this area! We visited the jail and the mine before finding a nice spot to enjoy our picnic lunch. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a short stroll in the 'downtown' area before finally deciding we'd better head for home. We're pulling out in the morning, destination Benson for a couple...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Black Hills Back Country Byway...

Today we traveled the 21-mile-long Black Hills Back Country Byway, accessed from U.S. Highway 191. The route is marked with mileage signs, with milepost 1 on the Safford side and milepost 21 on the Clifton side of the Byway. Near each end of the road there is a National Back Country Byway kiosk. These exhibits provided historical information about the byway, as well as information on road conditions and safety considerations. We learned that the first known inhabitants of the area were Native Americans. Mogollon people 1,000 years ago...

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