October 19 to October 25, 2009
October 25 , 2009 - Southeast Arizona
Route from Farmington to SE Arizona
This week's drive south from Farmington has been spectacular. We stayed in New Mexico for most of the run so the roads were practically empty.
We followed the excellent Hwy 491 south from Shiprock to Gallup, then smaller roads including Hwy 602, Hwy 36, Hwy 32, Hwy 180, Hwy 78, and Hwy 191 to the Willcox area. All of these roads are fine for big rigs except Hwy 78 which descends steeply and is signed as not good for combinations over 40 feet long. An alternate route for the big rigs runs eastward a bit through Silver City.
Much of this route passes through the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila National Forest and there are many forest service campgrounds. Campgrounds like these are suitable for even large RVs, you just have to know where to go. See our book Southwest Camping Destinations for more information.
The Chiricahua National Monument, located just southeast of Willcox, Arizona, doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves.
Attractions include wonderful rock formations, overlooks from which you can see for miles, and some great hiking trails too.
Even better, there's a campground. It, and others in the area, are described in Southwest Camping Destinations.