If you are ever trying to out distance a tropical storm blowing up from Mexico while vectoring southeast from Albuquerque toward Austin, head for Oasis State Park in eastern New Mexico just a few miles short of the Texas state line.
The campground with its “shady cottonwoods, shimmering sand dunes and a tiny lake provides a respite from the harsh eastern New Mexico flatlands.”
Because it sits on the high grass plains of cattle country, expect beautiful sunsets and sunrises and with nearby large-scale feed lots … expect flies, lots of flies.
Oasis State Park
Elevation: 4,000 feet.
23 overnight camp sites
Primitive site: $8 (per vehicle/per night)
Developed site: $10
Developed site w/electric hookup: $14
Developed site w/sewage hookup: $14
Developed site w/electric & sewage hookups: $18
Photos: (Top) Looking east toward Texas at sunrise. (Middle) Our truck/camper in a good-sized pull-through site with electricity-$14. (Bottom) Ornate Box Turtle, about 10-inches. (Julianne G. Crane)