White Sands National Park: A Winter Wonderland in the Chihuahuan Desert

Is this snow? No, it’s sand! But apparently it’s just as fun to slide down this white hill! White Sands National Park in New Mexico is a hidden gem at the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, in New Mexico. The dynamic dunes stretch for more than two hundred miles, and form the largest gypsum dune field in the world.

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El Paso and Sombra Antigua Winery, Texas

Harvest Hosts is a wonderful program which allows RV travelers to stay overnight on a property such as a farm, winery, brewery, or museum parking lot. We were lucky to be guests of Sombra Antigua Winery in Anthony, Texas, 30 minutes outside El Paso.

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Alpine and Marfa, Texas

Perched at almost 4,500 feet, Alpine is a remote small Texas town, home of The Museum Of The Big Bend On The Sul Ross University Campus. Nearby, Marfa lures visitors with its mysterious lights, historic downtown, and art scene. Less than an hour’s drive up the mountain, the McDonald Observatory is a must-see!

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Judge Roy Bean

Born in Kentucky, Phantly Roy Bean Jr. was an American saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County, Texas. Located in a desolate patch of the Chihuahuan Desert, his saloon served both as entertainment and as a court. Judge Roy Bean proudly called himself “The Only Law West of the Pecos”. An hour’s drive from Del Rio, we stopped to visit the museum and find out more about this colorful character.

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San Antonio, Texas

There is so much history in San Antonio! “Remember The Alamo,” they say; the 18th-century Spanish mission is preserved as a museum, and marks the 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. The River Walk is definitely my favorite–the pedestrian promenade along the San Antonio River offers quaint and delicious respites along the way in local cafes and shops. For local artistry, head to historic La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood.

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