This morning I went for a drive north of my current boondocking location to the Monticello area of Elephant Butte State Park which had been recommended by Barney the old fat man as a possible camping area.
Elephant Butte state Park is a huge place, the part I'm at now is the main headquarters part of the park but there's plenty more of the Park including camping spread out 6 or 7 miles north of where I'm at. And more camping a couple of miles south of me near the dam.
The first thing I found out was the Monticello campground was full. I don't think that was because of the Easter holiday, but I could be wrong. I was there at 9 o'clock this morning and the holiday campers won't start coming in to the Park where I'm at until this afternoon. But I drove through the whole Monticello campground and there wasn't a single spot empty which really surprised me because the place was kind of out in the middle of nowhere.
But my main interest was boondocking and looking at a Park map it showed some primitive camping in the area so I headed off down a dirt road to see what that looked like. The road was pretty beat up and wash boarded and after a mile or two it started getting narrower and rougher. By then I'd decided I didn't want to pull the Arctic Fox down it so I turned around and never got to see what the primitive camping looked like.
I saw some places off the sides of some of the roads I was on where it looked like folks had been boondocking, some of them looked okay and others looked kind of sandy. This whole place around here is a mix of dirt that's easily drivable and sandy areas that are questionable. And even though my truck has four-wheel-drive my highway tires are all but useless in soft sand, so I'm extra cautious about my off-road driving in places like this.
The weather was beautiful this morning so it was a great day to go driving around in a part of the park I'd never been to before. One thing I noticed was the area I was visiting was kind of far from the water and noticeably warmer, I guess being close to the lake like I am the evaporating water keeps things a little cooler than ambient temperature so with the temperatures in the 80s it's actually more comfortable near the Lake.