We were up early and away by 7:00 for the long drive towards the Big Bend National Park on the Mexican Border. There was little of interest, although the flood irrigated Pecan orchards and small towns of the Messilla Valley south of Las Cruces were a welcome relief from the flat, treeless desert of the past days. Crossing back and forth over the dry river bed of the Rio Grande we entered Texas north of El Paso. We soon returned to the I-10, bypassing El Passo, paralleling the US-Mexico border as far as Esperanza, and staying on the I-10 as far as Kent before heading south towards the mountains. Driving into the mountains was a pleasant end to a long day of mostly freeway driving. We found a quiet, shaded campsite at Davis Mountain SP.  The steep boulder strewn path to the restrooms was a bit problematic after dark, but we had a pleasant stay.

March 29: Rock Hound State Park --> Davis Mountain State Park

An early departure from Rockhound SP Road signs back lit by the morning sun along Hwy 180 The town of Mesilla's historic district is a national historic landmark San Miguel in the Mesilla Valley The broad fertile valley was a pleasant change from the days of traversing desert Local housing, Mesilla Valley The outskirts of El Paso By-passing El Paso South from Kent on Hwy 118 Self sufficient on Hwy 118 Approaching the Sawtooth Mountains After a long day, only 12 more kms to camp!
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March 29: Rock Hound State Park --> Davis Mountain State

Park

We were up early and away by 7:00 for the long drive towards the Big Bend National Park on the Mexican Border. There was little of interest, although the flood irrigated Pecan orchards and small towns of the Messilla Valley south of Las Cruces were a welcome relief from the flat, treeless desert of the past days. Crossing back and forth over the dry river bed of the Rio Grande we entered Texas north of El Paso. We soon returned to the I-10, bypassing El Passo, paralleling the US-Mexico bor- der as far as Esperanza, and staying on the I-10 as far as Kent before heading south towards the mountains. Driving into the mountains was a pleasant end to a long day of mostly freeway driving. We found a quiet, shaded campsite at Davis Mountain SP.  The steep boulder strewn path to the restrooms was a bit problematic after dark, but we had a pleasant stay.
An early departure from Rockhound SP Road signs back lit by the morning sun along Hwy 180 The town of Mesilla's historic district is a national historic landmark San Miguel in the Mesilla Valley The broad fertile valley was a pleasant change from the days of traversing desert Local housing, Mesilla Valley The outskirts of El Paso By-passing El Paso South from Kent on Hwy 118 Self sufficient on Hwy 118 Approaching the Sawtooth Mountains After a long day, only 12 more kms to camp!
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