On our way from Albuquerque to Mesa Verde National Park, we needed a place to stop for lunch. In looking at the map, we saw several possible small towns on the way. But then we spotted Aztec, NM, and Aztec Ruins NM just on the north side of the town, so we decided to go there and hope they had a picnic area.
On our way from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Mesa Verde National Park, we spent a few days in Albuquerque, NM. This was partly because we needed time to do some laundry but also because Jennifer's cousin, Brent, lives there and we wanted to see him, which we did. We had a great visit to his home and had time to catch up on our respective lives.
We found there are lots of things to do in the Albuquerque area.
After leaving Guadalupe Mountains National Park, we drove toward Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It has no campgrounds, but there is one in Whites City, right at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns NP. The reviews were not good but we decided that it was so close that we would try it. It worked out fine. It was not a 5 star place but it was adequate, with full hookups. The shower and toilet was a single room for both uses but it was clean.
As I said yesterday, we decided to leave Tucson and Gilbert Ray campground a day early, and break our trip to Guadalupe Mountain NP into two days. We realized that if we drove to Las Cruces, NM, we would have enough time to take a side trip to White Sands National Monument. We arrived at Las Cruces about 2 pm and after dropping the trailer at an RV park, we headed to White Sands NM. It was about an hour drive, and well worth the trip.