KOA Journey Kampgrounds by Bonnie and Bill Neely

It’s winter in the USA, but many RV travelers and campers will be crossing the country to be with family for the holidays. Here are some good winter camping tips.
Grants, near the middle of northwestern New Mexico, is a small town on Highway I-40. KOA Grants/Cibola Sands is a Journey KOA. Since Grants is about an hour west of Albuquerque most of their guests are overnighters, tired from long drives, and they know how to cater to all their needs and desires. On check-in they gave us yummy cookies and dog biscuits for our little pal. She not only told us all about the KOA’s amenities, but also volunteered the weather report for the night and offered home-cooked dinner to be delivered to our RV!
There are other RV parks which have offered meal delivery, but usually from Pizza places nearby. We were amazed and delighted with the many offerings from a turkey and stuffing complete Thanksgiving kind of meal, to smoked beef barbeque, to chicken strips, and lots more, and delicious pies…all home-cooked from scratch and delivered to our RV! I bet EVERYONE who stops here orders their choice and enjoys a night out, IN!
We settled quickly into the flat, clean site (all pull-throughs with 50 amp service and free cable TV and Internet.) By the time we were all set up and had relaxed in the cool evening air (in mid-August) our hostess delivered our smoked beef dinner with apple pie alamode, which was fabulous! Watching the famous big sky and orange sunset, we ambled along the paved walking trail in the lava field beside our campground on this high desert. We travel this road often and we will definitely return to stay here over and over. Next morning we enjoyed the free continental breakfast at the office and visiting with other campers.
Tucumcari KOA Journey is mainly for overnight New Mexico campers and has a fenced-in area for horses…a real western park with lovely cool nights in the pleasant, but hot daytime, desert air. They offer dine-in delivery service or you can eat in their dining room in the evening and breakfast in the office restaurant area. The people are so nice and helpful, and tried to fix our cable which would not work for TV, but we got some antennae stations. The park is clean and tidy, though the wood picnic tables are old and some need changing. The restrooms and laundry area are very clean. The pool is nice and the playground has some fun equipment you don’t see often, including the popular southwestern horses for kids to ride, made from tires. This is a perfect overnight stopover KOA, for which the Journey signs indicate. The nice K9 dog area has grass and there are trees throughout the park, which is not easy in desert areas.