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Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

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Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

My family and I are planning a trip next month to Carlsbad and then on to Arizona. So far this is our plans.

Drive to Carlsbad from Shreveport,la, stay in RV park that night. Get up next morning and go to the caverns. Stay around 3 hours and drive on to White Sands, stay in RV park in Lordsburg?

Next day drive to Sedona, stay the night in RV park. Next day, site see in Sedona and drive to Walnut Caverns, then onto the South Rim. Staying in hotel on the South Rim 2 nights. Then maybe go to Snowbowl? Stay somewhere around there? Then off to Albuquergue to stay at an RV park, then head back to Shreveport.

Any suggestions on routes, good RV parks (maybe with water access) for kid fun, other places to see?

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Uden, The...
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1. Re: Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

Think you are underestimating traveltime. Shreveport to Carlsbad is not a one day drive, Carlsbad takes 4 hours,from Carsbad to White Sands is 4 hours of driving..Visiting White Sands at least 2 hours and almost 3 more hours to drive to Lordsburg

Similar long trips for ABQ to Shreveport.

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There is a RV facility at Whites City (Park entrance) ... Even using the 375 by-pass around El Paso ...to Alamogordo-White Sands. I feel even Las Cruces, would be a ambitious day ... A more efficient route then, would be ... The I-25 North to Las Lunas &(avoiding Albuquerque traffic) drive the 6 (a alignment of the "Old Rt 66 to the I-40. Then with other RT.66 stops including Walnut Canyon, enter the Park by the East entrance ... To RV reservations (this is where you SHOULD use the coach as intended ! Leaving the Park to Flagstaff, drive the 89a to Sedona reservations ... You then, can time your departure to pass through the Phoenix metro area mid day to avoid commute traffic ...Gain the I-10 & it/s white line time all the way home ! ... Happy trails ... carracar

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3. Re: Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

Yes, I think seriously underestimating drive times. You might find this article helpful.

Southwest and Grand Circle Trip Planning

Everyone wants to visit the parks in the western USA. It's something that every family can and should do at some time. These vacations can be life changing and bonding experiences. Or they can be nightmares.

Most travelers equate being in the parks and outdoor environments with hiking. It's important to understand that hiking is not a requirement for enjoying the wilderness. Time is. This cannot be understated. One cannot begin to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the national parks unless and until they spend time there. It can be as simple as sitting at a single view point for hours, or as elaborate as day long hikes or extended back country camping trips. But arriving at a view point, snapping a picture, and driving on (a la Clark Griswold) is simply not going to do it. At the very least, most of the national parks in the southwest need a day or longer, just to self tour the many attractions and view points therein. Sunset and sunrise are generally the most peaceful and stunning times of day in the sun's rapidly changing light. So overnight stays at, or as close as possible, will enhance a visit to any park.

Logistically, it takes about a half day or longer to travel between most of the parks in the 4 corners states. Often, the scenic drives are enticing enough to warrant additional stops and detours along the way. Regardless, it takes at least two nights at any park or destination to have just one full day there. Many trip planners fail to understand this.

Driving at night in the high desert region is strongly discouraged. Roads are desolate. Ambient lighting is non existent meaning highways are very dark. Wildlife of all sorts and sizes populate the roads from dusk until dawn. Even domestic farm animals like cattle and sheep wander on the pavement.

When trip planners are also expressing a specific desire to include hiking as a regular activity at the parks, and asking for advice on which trails to focus on, they need to realize that they will probably need multiple days and nights at the stop in order to do the hiking or whatever other activities, beyond quick snapshots, they have in mind.

Everyone wants to 'see as much as they can'. What they fail to realize is that by adding more places and activities to a list, without increasing available time, they wind up seeing less and reducing the quality of their vacation time. It's far better to plan more time at fewer parks and destinations, than to rush around and do little more than touch all the bases.

Everyone wants to stay 'off the beaten path' and avoid the places that are 'touristy'. The path that's well worn is that way because it includes the best places already. If you're planning to tour the parks, you are by definition, a tourist. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. If you insist on avoiding the most popular sites and activities, you'll be planning a second tier, inferior, vacation. Do the top tier first, then come back to explore more in depth.

So when planning your family vacation in the 4 corners region keep a few points in mind.

1. Less is more. Fewer parks and destinations will mean more quality time at the places you choose. Odds are, if you do a proper vacation at just one or two places, you'll return again to focus on different parks in the future.

2. Advance planning and reservations will save you time and money. Park lodges book up as much as a year in advance. The most sought after accommodations go to those who plan and commit the earliest.

3. Traveling by RV is slower and usually more costly than using a car and traditional hotels and lodging. Even campsites book months in advance.

4. Information found on the Internet is helpful, but needs to be verified. Add 30% to most map app drive time estimates. Use park websites along with traveler review and forum sites like TripAdvisor. You aren't the first, and you won't be the last. But there is much you can learn from folks who have been there and done that.

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4. Re: Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

Take a look at RVPARKREVIEWS.COM when deciding where to stay in your RV.

Huntington Beach...
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5. Re: Carlsbad to Arizona in RV

Tet14, rest in peace ...

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As this was,Tet's last post ... We here, can sadly observe."He died with his boots on" ... carracar

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Wait what? RIP tet?!?!

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Tet passed? :((((

Huntington Beach...
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Yes, Post 1 on this thread was his last. RIP.

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bye Hans, I miss you - thanks for all the info you gave to us all :(

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