The first time you may have heard of this mysterious Albuquerque place was while eating cereal and watching WWII-era morning cartoons (which, incidentally, played on television far into the 20th century). Bugs Bunny emerged from his rabbit hole with map in hand and said, “Say, you know, I should have made a left turn at Alba-Koi-Key.” The breathtakingly gorgeous New Mexico city wouldn’t experience that level of popularity again until 2013, when Walt and Jesse began slinging their famous blue meth (In the Breaking Bad universe, the pilot took place in 2008). Of course, RVers have been road tripping to RV parks near Albuquerque since the first motor coach left the assembly line.
Most big cities are not great hosts to RV parks and campsites because they’re usually overcrowded and low on open space. Not Albuquerque. In fact, thanks to the their commitment to preserving the natural surroundings, there are plenty of city campgrounds, like Isleta Lakes and RV Park in southeast Albuquerque.
If you’re planning on going to central New Mexico, be sure to carve out time to see Santa Fe. And a perfect way to do that would be by taking the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. The Turquoise Trail incorporates 15,000 square miles of spectacular sights – natural and manmade. You can see the semi-desert terrain miles around while standing at the top of Sandia Crest. And what were once old mining towns are now districts featuring theater and music venues, galleries, crafters and more. Just look for Golden, Madrid, Cerrillos, and other towns on the Trail.
No matter what direction you drive in while RVing in New Mexico, you’re bound to be in awe of the striking blue sky against the red sand-and-rock desert-like landscape. You’ll hardly even notice how quickly three hours will fly by on a drive from Albuquerque to Ruidoso RV parks on your way to find a cozy spot to hook up your coach and call it a night. You also won’t have trouble finding Albuquerque RV parks that are on the way to Ruidoso. RoverPass.com had listings for about a dozen that you can make a reservation from right now.
First thing in the morning, while completing your road trip through Southern New Mexico on your way to Carlsbad, consider crossing the border into west Texas so you can pass through Guadalupe Mountains National Park. You will also be near Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Lincoln National Forest. When you see the Pecos River, some 35 or so miles from the Texas border, remember that the Spanish used this waterway to explore Texas (when it was still Mexico). This is back in the day when “West of the Pecos” referred to the dangerous Wild West territory.
And finally, you will regret it if you don’t spend some time on historic Route 66. You can even print self-guided tours online that give you the option of experiencing a general Route 66 tour, a science & technology tour, nature drive, arts and history sites, and Sandia or Jemez mountain trails. There are scores of maps online that offer Route 66 suggestions. You can also see how the region has been revitalized over the decades – especially after the great Heisenberg vs. Gus Fring war of 2009.