Monday, May 16, 2011

Ute Lake State Park, Logan, NM

We drove just under 100 miles today to get to our last New Mexico State Park, Ute Lake. We had never been here before, and will most likely never come back again, except possibly for an overnight stop. This is one of the least attractive parks we’ve seen in New Mexico, since there are no visible mountains, and not much in the way of vegetation. The sites are laid out so most of them have no views of the lake. The one good thing is that the pull-thru sites are so long there was no need to disconnect the car for the night.
We did take a walk around the park, and being windy and overcast today, the lake wasn’t  much to look at anyway. This place is obviously designed for boaters and fishermen, and I guess the weekends are busy but there are only a handful of people here.
We had been told by a friend that there was no Verizon service here, and we have no signal on the phone, but with the booster we are at least able to get a slow internet connection.
On our way here we took a short detour and drove through Tucumcari, another Route 66 town that has seen much better days. We heard the Dinosaur Museum is worth seeing, but no time for that today.
Tomorrow it’s Texas!


  1. Travel safe. Do you imagine you will escape the wind in Texas?

  2. Guess you have started your trek Eastward...we are 170 miles East of Branson -- we should arrive there tomorrow afternoon. Travel safely!

  3. I am interested to see where you are headed in Texas. I really like their state parks so far, although I have only seen one. I am headed to another today further southeast.

  4. Good to know the places not to go. We spent many months staying at several NM State Parks, and we did enjoy most of them.
    We received a call requesting us as camp hosts at Ute Lake... Im really glad we were busy, now that I see it!
    As for Texas State Parks, we were told by friends that South Lano SP was great, but we didnt stop. We stayed a couple weeks at Mustang Island SP and enjoyed it very much.
    Now we are in the cold and rain in Oregon, and wishing we were back in the sun of NM and Texas.