Four Campgrounds

Saturdays are drive days for us. We work during the week, drive on Saturday and hopefully relax on Sunday.

The reason drive day is Saturday vs. Sunday is just in case the campground we’re moving to doesn’t work out, it gives us another day to find a place to camp.

san-lorenzo

I had high hopes for our first stop yesterday. San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area promised beautiful slot canyons and looked like it was close enough to the highway for cell reception.

There is cell service near the entrance, though it quickly drops away as you head toward the canyon. The entrance wasn’t very appealing, so we drove back through the tunnel to check out another spot west of Socorro.

the-box

We weren’t actually going to go to The Box Recreation Area, but I thought it might have better cell reception than our next stop so we figured it was worth a try. No luck.

water-canyon

Water Canyon Campground was also a bust.

Since there isn’t a ton of campground research for Brian to do in Socorro, we decided to skip our week in the area and press on to Arizona.

datil-well

We spent the night at Datil Well Campground. It was the nicest place we’d seen all day, though unfortunately, the area is not dense enough with campgrounds to be our final stop for the week.

Dinner Last Night:
I sure didn’t feel like cooking after all that. We had left-over pasta pesto and some steamed broccoli.

2015 Cost of Camping:
57 night paid camping
37 nights free camping
94 days this year
Total spent: $771
Daily average cost: $8.20

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7 Comments

  • Reply Nan & John April 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Geez, what a day. We are near Cottonwood, sitting atop a hill. We have three bars. If interested, I could give directions.

    • Reply Leigh April 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Hey Nan! We’ll be in the Cottonwood area in a few weeks, I’d love to know where you ended up. Email me your coords! 🙂

  • Reply Pam Wright April 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    They need to build more cell towers!! Glad you at least found a spot for the night:)

    Gotta love left overs:)

  • Reply Michael Fortson April 6, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Arizona is HOT already. We’re in Scottsdale for one more day & night, then heading west. Can’t wait for some nice West Coast weather (knock on wood).

    • Reply Leigh April 6, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Hi Michael, we ended up in the mountains near Show Low. Mid 60’s during the day and 30’s at night!

  • Reply Marshall April 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Datil Well was the very first campground I stayed at after I started full timing one year ago yesterday. But you already know this since you read my Compendium review. 😉 I was happily surprised that I could get a Verizon signal there.

  • Reply Marshall April 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Datil Well was the very first campground I stayed at after I started full timing one year ago yesterday. But you already know this since you read my Campendium review. 😉 I was happily surprised that I could get a Verizon signal there.

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