I didn’t know anything about Tucumcari but decided to stay here for three nights and I’m glad I did. Cactus RV Park is a no frills rv park with few amenities but it’s inexpensive and there’s so much nearby.
They have 3 different sections and will escort you to an assigned spot. I was happy to see I got the courtyard which is reminiscent of an old movie set. The little casitas are no longer in use but used to be a trendy motel back in the day. Now they are the backdrop for the RVs parked in the courtyard. For longer rigs, there is plenty of space on the other side. In fact, I think that this RV Park takes up about 4 blocks but most of it is now empty fields and no longer in use.
The great thing about the empty fields in the back is great dog play and walking opportunities. I was even able to play ball with my dogs off leash with no worries of cars, people, or other dogs. It was very peaceful and safe.
As I was here for 3 nights ($68 total with Passport America), I got a chance to explore. I ate at 3 different restaurants all within 3 blocks and an ice cream shop a short half mile walk away. I shopped at 4 different gift shops, including a visitor center just down the street. There is also a brand new Tractor Supply across the way if you need hardware or pet supplies.
Del’s Restaurant is rather famous and has been here since the 50s. I went on Friday night and it was quite full. They have a salad/soup bar and many entrees with one side of your choice. I had chicken fried steak and was not disappointed. Homemade desserts top off the evening. I got berry lemon cake to go and ended up indulging at 1:00 in the morning rather than waiting till a decent time. So worth it. They are open for lunches and dinners.
The next day, I took the dogs and we walked to Watson’s BBQ to do a little shopping at their mercantile and then got brisket to go. It came with a wonderful sauce, just the way I like it. In the afternoon, we took a half mile walk to the little city park and Ken’s Ice Cream. Enjoyed a chocolate cherry milkshake on the patio with Route 66 era radio in the background.
Sunday morning, I walked to Kix on 66, which is open for breakfast and lunch. They have a “petio” so you can bring your pals with you. I have the best hash brown casserole I’ve ever had — crispy hash browns with cheese, scrambled eggs, and green sauce. Even though many of the businesses on this portion of Route 66 are now abandoned, both Del’s and Kix on 66 are keeping the dream alive. Hope they stay in business a long, long time.
I found out from the owner of the visitor center that the old tv show Rawhide was filmed here so I guess that is their claim to fame around here. If you come soon, you will be able to stroll and take pictures of all the iconic motels up and down the strip but they won’t be here a whole lot longer as most of them are now boarded up. Such a shame. I can imagine in the heyday people driving up and down the 4 lane highway and the motels full of happy travelers.
- Quiet, uncrowded, full hookups
- Lots of shopping and eating opportunities within walking distance
- Empty country roads and empty fields just behind the RV Park for long dog walks
- They actually have a “no dog” discount — but of course, that wouldn’t apply to us 😉
- No laundry, restrooms, etc. but didn’t impede my stay
- No dog park (but see above, plenty of exercise opportunities)
- Verizon was having a little bit of trouble, slower than usual but not impossible
- I was a little lonely, people came and went but no one parked any where near me while I was here (which is good if you don’t want to socialize)