Like other things — city, state campgrounds aren’t as ‘cheap’ as they used to be


Stayed night-before-last at Harry McAdams Park in Hobbs, NM. It was listed in “Free Campgrounds” (published in 2007) as a New Mexico State Park with 47 sites. At one time it was, but, according to the campground host, the park changed hands a few years back and became City of Hobbs property.

“They took out 33 sites and increased the price from $11 to $18 a night,” said the host.

All the sites have electricity and water; and to its credit, there are great hot showers, tables with some shelters and welcomed flush toilets. Large public city park nearby. Most of the sites were occupied with large motorhome or fifth-wheels. Folks were visiting grandkids or connected with the oil business in some way.

Yesterday we slowly made our way southeast to San Angelo, TX., selecting from the big Texas map to investigate the state park in these parts. Turned out to be a little park with around 14 sites, half with electricity & water; $18 plus $3/each day use. Primitive sites go for $8 plus $3.

Oh, it seems we landed here in the middle of a special 3-day deer and wild turkey hunt. So, we were advised not to walk or ride our bicycles on any of the developed trails.

Only one other camper, Aaron Walker of Alabama, traveling with his dog, Tela, shared the campground with us.  Read more about their fascinating journey by clicking here.

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