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Friday, April 18, 2008


Our Opinion: A good overnight stop on the long, long stretch of I-10 through west Texas. This is our second stay. We recommend it for an overnight if you don’t want to take the time (and pay the higher price) to stay at Balmorhea State Park (which we HIGHLY recommend!)

Date of Stay: April 18th, 2008

Weather During Stay: Arrived in warm, breezy sunshine with the temperature in the low 80‘s. Low was around 50 degrees.

Sites: About a dozen sites arranged in 2 rows facing southeast. All sites are long, level, wide, gravel pull-throughs with 30 and 50 amp FHU. No need to unhook a towed vehicle. All sites have appealing desert landscaping and are lined with rocks; gravel keeps the usual southwest dust to a minimum. Good water pressure and voltage. Unobstructed view of the sky for satellite dish. Satellite cable hookup at each site is non-functional. No restrooms; units must be self-contained. No office, pay in the gas station.

Rate: Usual rate is $20 per night. Half price discount with Passport America (discount good for one night), so we paid $10/night. This is a GOOD DEAL - after three nights without a sewer hookup, we dumped our waste tanks, ran the A/C and did the laundry while here for one night.

Phone/radio/TV: Verizon phones on Extended Network, between 2 and 3 bars. Aircard on National Access Roaming, about the speed of dial-up. No TV on antenna. No local NPR (duh!)

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This is an absolutely flat park at 3,050’ elevation. Very typical west Texas landscape: desert with views of distant mountains. Sparse shade if any. Due to proximity to the interstate, there is some traffic noise. We overlook it for the convenience.

Lighting: The few bright lights in the truck stop area and on the perimeter of the park are not a problem.

Favorite Sites: They are pretty much all the same. We take whatever doesn’t have an immediately adjacent neighbor - easy, as there are usually few rigs here.

Hiking/Walking: Not much. You can loop around the park, walk the ¾ mile “nature trail” (where we saw 2 javelina) and loop around the huge truck lot behind the convenience store.

Special Features: The convenience. The park is located off I-10 at exit 212, behind a Fina gas station/truck stop/convenience store and a small restaurant (?)/saloon. No office - just pull in park, pay at the gast station. Compared with what we have seen of RV parks in Ft. Stockton (the next town to the east), this is a GREAT stop - it looks like someone actually cares about the place.
Annoyances: Noise of trucks idling in the back of the truck stop; highway noise; feral cats lurking around Scoopy and other RV's meant this was not a good place for Luna.

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