May trip west - Escape Trailer Owners Community
Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Camping | Places, Gear and Planning > Trips and Travel Planning
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-08-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2023 Hallmark pop up truck camper
Posts: 141
May trip west

We were headed to Northeastern New Mexico and then Taos, Arizona , Utah, Colorado , Wyoming and Home. On the way we spent two days in Hamilton, Missouri at quilt shops. Then continued toward NM. I wanted to go through Liberal , Kansas for what I donít know but then to Mills Canyon, New Mexico. We arrived at the canyon rim Forest service campground and unhitched. We then drove down into the canyon. We had been driving on dirt roads for the last 25 miles and we had wondered if we could pull the 5.0 down into the canyon where there was another campground. The road into the canyon had several rise and dips that I think would have resulted in interference between the frame of the trailer and the bed of the truck . The switchbacks would have been no problem. Down in the canyon there are posted signs showing where the flood water crested that wiped out the fruit farm that Mills had established.
The next night it snowed and rained (May 8). It was cold (35deg F) . Our furnace did not work even though I tried it before we left on the trip. The next day it continued rain and cold and we decided to leave. I would have liked to explore more down in the canyon. We barely made it out on the road from the campground. I was in four wheel drive and moving at about 2 MPH but we made it to the flat ground and finally to a paved road . That slimy mud is good for making Adobe bricks but not for driving in wet dirt roads.
We headed to Las Vegas ,New Mexico and spent two days at a plug in campground in the rain and snow.
We headed to Taos, where I used to live right after College. We camped along the Rio Grande south of Taos and the weather was sunny and cool. It was sweet! The Rio Grande was close to flood . We visited the hot springs in Ohio Caliente.
We left Taos and crossed the bridge over the Rio Grande , went through Tres Piedras. Sometime after that we saw a mountain lion cross the road in front of us. It was an incredibly powerful looking creature only 75 feet or so in front of our truck.
We were headed to Pagosa Springs and camped in a Forest service campground but also hit the Hot Springs. A hot soak at river level and even a dip in the freezing river. Then some Nuevos rancheros in a good place in town within a short walk from the hot springs.
More continued later . Itís music night and way past wine thirty.
Starbrightsteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2019, 08:35 AM   #2
Senior Member
escape artist's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2016 Ram Eco Diesel 4X4
Posts: 8,045
Hi: Starbrightsteve... Would love to do a "May west trip" but we are drawn by the "Come from away" lure of NFLD!!! It might be warmed up by July but we have been warned to take four seasons of clothes with us. We have already done the "Mud run" here in S. Wet Ontario!!! Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'16 Ram Eco D. 4X4 Laramie Longhorn CC & '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas (Not the Virgin Islands) Ontario
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2023 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.