Carlsbad, NM Boondocking

If you’re looking to escape the highly social RVing scene in Arizona this winter, we’ve got the place for you.

We spent the past week camping off Dark Canyon Road, about 12 miles north of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Since we had to drive both days last weekend, we opted not to go to the caverns. We’ve been once before, and now with the elevator out of service, it wasn’t really an option because we have to work during the day and the park recommends starting your descent into the caverns by noon.

I haven’t left camp once since we got here. Usually, this makes me really stir crazy, but this week, we got some much needed downtime.

Dinner Last Night:
Crispy Orange Cauliflower. We’ve had this once before, and last night it was better than I remembered it. I used regular white flour instead of “Cara’s gluten free flour blend” and went for the naughty pan-fried version. Smaller florets turn out crispier than the bigger ones. This was delicious

2016 Cost of Camping:
22 nights free camping
7 nights paid camping
29 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $140
Daily average cost of camping: $4.83

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  • Reply Russ January 30, 2016 at 11:13 am

    That recipe sounds so good. I will make this one for sure. The boondocking spot looks delicious too!

    • Reply Leigh January 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      It’s SO good! The spot would have been better with you guys there! xo

  • Reply Paula January 5, 2018 at 8:42 am

    We found a great spot on BLM land last week. After leaving Carlsbad Caverns and heading west, look for two BLM roads on 180 on your LEFT just after passing the road on the right to Rattlesnake Springs. Beautiful views of Guadalupe Mountain N.P. to the west, GREAT sunsets, and you are looking up at the twinkling lights of the Visitor Center after sunset.

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