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So a few words about Overlook Campground located above Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area near Chimayo, New Mexico. Without a doubt, Overlook is one of the best camp spots we've encountered in our nearly four months of travel. It's located off Cuniydo Road which has very little traffic. The road leading to the campground is dirt and the campground is a mile off Cuniydo Road. It is remote and quiet. There are 25 sites, all with covered picnic tables. We stayed in site number 3 overlooking the lake which provided a spectacular view of the lake to our north. Site number 4, however, may be the better of the two as it provides views of the mountains to the southeast too. We were one of two campers who stayed the night. Seven dollars a night, no hookups, no reservations. We were there for one night on April 15, 2019.
The photos below were taken during the afternoon as the sun set. The last photo was taken just before sunrise the next morning.
Trinidad Lake State Park was our first Colorado State Park. We camped in the Carpios Ridge Campground within the park. Great park, great campsite.
We visited the national monument and stayed in the El Morro Campground. It's a small, but very nicely maintained park service campground. Very few spots and very few are level enough for an RV (27 feet or less). No hook ups, first come, first served, no reservations and, best of all, free.
If you're near Winslow, Arizona, Homolovi State Park is a great option for camping.
San Angelo State Park is conveniently located near the town of San Angelo, Texas. The sites are well spaced and most have great views of the surrounding landscape. We stayed in site 12 in Red Arroyo Section for a week.
The park facilities are dated and one of the shower houses did not have operating hot water, but the one operating worked well for me.
The park offers hiking and since traffic was at a minimum while we were there, the park interior roads are also great for riding a bicycle. I rode over into the North Concho area on several occasions.
Lost Alaskan RV Park in Alpine, Texas is conveniently located to both Marfa, Texas and the Davis Mountains Scenic Loop which should include a stop at the McDonald Observatory.
We checked into Davis Mountains State Park mid-afternoon and immediately took the Skyline Drive up to the overlook area. Melanie had some work to do and the ranger told me the overlook was one of the few places in the park where we could get connected. We had lunch at the overlook and enjoyed the spectacular views too.
While our stay in the park was brief, the park made a good spot to access the Star Party at McDonald Observatory. When we got back to the camp ground at around 10:00 p.m. we got to see our first Javelinas. Three crossed in front of Miranda as we approached our campsite.
Check out the Davis Mountains Scenic Drive too.
Melanie and I were here during Trump's government shutdown. Because of this, there were no services (water or electricity). There are no showers or laundry facilities here, but there is a structure with toilets and it was locked. The trash cans were being emptied regularly.
The sites located within the campground are full-hookup sites which is a bit of an anomaly for National Parks. The park was virtually empty except for us and three other campsites and the two sites occupied by volunteers camped there. The park grounds were also very clean, I assume the volunteers were responsible for the condition of the park since there were no rangers were around. When officially open, the park is first come, first served, no reservations are accepted. I'm guessing, depending on the time of year, the campground is most likely a busy place.
Located close to town, it is both walkable via a trail leaving from the campground and accessible via bicycle. We rode our bikes into town several times. There's a road directly in front of the campground that is busy during the morning and evening "rush" hours. Otherwise, the campground is a quiet place.