Memphis, TN to Las Vegas, NV. Leave 05/26/2016

loganbmx4gt

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I'm leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday the 26th. I don't have to be in Vegas until 8am the 29th so I'm looking for some good camping spots to stay at for my trip out there. On the way back I wouldn't mind doing some mountain biking and camping since I can take my time getting back. Thank you all in advance.
 

DerekG

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How much time will you spend at the camping areas? I have a few in mind...I'm on the app right now, but once I get to a computer I'll look at your route closer.

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So depending on how much time you have and how far off I-40 you want to go I'll throw out a couple ideas from east to west.

-Devil's Den State Park, AR.

Its about 20 miles south of Fayetteville, AR. Great campsites, great views, and the Fossil Flats mountain bike trail is a great ride. It's about a 5 mile loop with some cool sections of single track above Lee Creek.

http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/

-Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, OK

It's about 60 miles southwest of OKC so a bit out of the way, but probably the best state park in OK. Great hiking and mountain bike trails. Semi-primitive camping and back country camping available. Here is a picture I took when I hiked there in Jan. 2016 to give you an idea of the terrain.

DSC02126 by DerekG710, on Flickr

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/

-Roman Nose State Park- Watonga, OK

This small park is much closer to I-40 (15-20 miles). It has ~12 miles of mountain bike trails......of the ones I have ridden, the loop to Inspiration Point was the funnest. They also have plenty of tent camping sites as well.

http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.6460

-Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX.

It's about 25 miles south of Amarillo, TX. I haven't been here yet, but it is on my short list as it looks awesome. I think it is the second largest canyon in the US, the Grand Canyon being the first. They have lots of campsites and plenty of hiking trails.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon


I'm not too familiar with the biking scene in NM and AZ, but I'm sure there is plenty. Santa Fe is a cool place to hang out. The south rim of the Grand Canyon isn't too far out of the way and I hear Lake Mead is a pretty cool place. There is obviously more to do along the route than you could do in a month, but those are a few that I would check out if I were doing the same trip.
 
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loganbmx4gt

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Awesome! Thank you. Heading there it's going to be pretty much pitch the tent or sleep in the back of the car in a parking lot somewhere. I don't have to be in Vegas until Sunday morning. I leave Thesday morning and don't have to be back until Sunday technically, but I need to try to get back by Friday morning since I have a Dr appointment.
 

jw4free

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Steer clear of Kansas. I can't recommend any place to camp.

Though with a futon in the back of a '79 Chevy shorty Van, window delete version can make road trips entertaining regardless of scenery along the way...

Wow, that sounds way too creeeper.
 
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