Originally Posted by peter-in-san-diego
we're trying to decide what to do over Christmas/New Year, and thought about a trip (starting from San Diego) to Arizona and New Mexico. We're looking for mild temperatures, dry weather (neither rain nor snow), sunny and blue skies. Would we find what we are looking for in Arizona and/or New Mexico? Where would you go (RV parks, camping sites, no off-roading/boondocking).
Thanks for your time,
Kind regards, Peter
With any luck (for those of us who look forward to winter), anything north of I-40 won't work. Quite possibly anything north of US60 won't work either. We'll have sunny & blue skies but hopefully in between snowstorms. However, velo47 is right about Santa Fe esp. if there's snow.
I-10 will take you through warmish country and the seasonal forecast is for above avg temps (and moisture). In NM, consider Oliver Lee State Park south of Alamogordo. History + Chihuahuan desert scenery. Bosque del Apache NWR south of Socorro can be very cold but the birding is spectacular in winter and there is a small RV park just north of the reserve. There are also parks in Socorro. City of Rocks SP south of Silver City is interesting and has camping. There are several state parks along the Rio Grande south of Caballo Lake that might work for you. Gila Cliff Dwellings north of Silver City.
Not knowing what mild temps means to you, you can probably expect freezing or near freezing night time temps throughout NM. We gave up tent camping after a cold night in October near Glenwood Springs in SW NM. Precip depends on whether a good El Niño weather pattern sets up.