I am ready to say goodbye to South Dakota and get back on the road. From Rapid City I drive back to Chatfield State Park in Denver area. I need to work on clearing out the small storage unit I have there. I had 8 boxes of books that I donated. Then I took out a few boxes of pictures that I will take to Florida to leave there. Not much left, I will need to make one more trip here next year to empty it out.
I am planning to go to Florida the first week of November. So I have about two weeks before I need to be there. I’ve been struggling over where to go for these couple weeks. Too cold to stay in Colorado. I couldn’t really come up with a plan, so I just headed south on I-25 from Denver. I ended up at Eagle Nest State Park in New Mexico. It is at 8,200 feet in Moreno Valley. The campsites are nice pull throughs along the lake. No hookups but there is a potable water fill station. It was very quiet here and not many people this time of year. Developed campsites are $10 per night. A developed site has a shelter with picnic table, a fire ring, and a gravel pad to park on. No utility hookups. An annual camping pass can also be purchased at a cost of $225 for out of state person. With the annual pass there is no fee for developed site. I decided to purchase a pass as I plan to spend some time in New Mexico and can camp at the state parks.
I’m only staying here one night. The morning lows are going to be around 9º in the next few days and snow. So I need to get to lower elevation.