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Oasis State Park is precisely what the name implies, an oasis amid an arid environment, so it's no wonder that the park is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. The park has a stand of cottonwood trees that surrounds rolling and shifting sand dunes, and a central lake. It has a hiking trail that circles the lake; you can take a leisurely walk along the trail, getting lost in the turquoise green pond waters, or try your hand at fishing in the pond. As the sun sets, beautiful turns to blazing gorgeous as the setting sun reflects off of the pond waters. Rent a camper near Oasis State Park, and you can experience it all.
There is a playground for younger children and a community picnic shelter on-site, plus restrooms with showers and vault toilets. A visitor center is where you can ask questions and gather information; the center occasionally hosts educational programs, and mountain biking is allowed within the park. If you need supplies or just want to reward yourself, Portales is a small nearby town where you can gas up your RV rental, buy groceries, or relax at a cafe.
Grulla National Wildlife Refuge is a multi-use natural area that combines outdoor recreational opportunities with wildlife protection and wildlife and nature research. The refuge is centered around a saline lake (appropriately known as Salt Lake), which is occasionally dry, depending on the local rain patterns. It's a nesting ground for ducks, sandhill cranes, and prairie chickens; the chickens can be heard in the spring as far away as Texas. Grulla officially became a wildlife refuge in 1969; “Grulla” translates to “crane” in Spanish. Park your Portales camper rental nearby, and you can use it as a wildlife blind while sitting in comfort.
Ned Houk Memorial Park is a cultivated urban park where you can be as relaxed or adventurous as you wish. It's a perfect setting for taking a leisurely stroll, but if you need to work off some energy, there are basketball courts and ball fields, a miniature golf course, an archery range, and much more. You can enjoy a quiet lunch here on the picnic grounds, take a peek at the on-site museums (there are several), and snap some photos of the bison herd as you enter the park.
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is essentially a wetland and was confirmed as a refuge in 1937 to provide a habitat for migrating bird species and to protect the native wetlands, which were slowly disappearing at the time. The preserve is centered around the Pecos River and is as stunning for its plant life as it is for the bird species that reside here or pass through. If you happen to be here at dusk, prepare yourself for epic sunsets and make sure you have your camera with you.
Oasis State Park camping facilities include restrooms, showers, and a dump station where you can empty your RV tanks. Some of the campsites can be reserved in advance, and some can be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. A few of the sites have full hookups, while most of the sites have water and electric hookups or just water hookups. Along with hiking and biking, the park is a good destination for bird watchers.
Another place to camp near Oasis State Park is Trailer Village RV Park. This cultivated RV campground is near Roswell and has a clubhouse as well as restrooms, showers, a laundromat, and a community fire pit. Each campsite has full hookups and WiFi, and you can buy ice and propane at the park store.
Clovis is a larger city in the eastern part of New Mexico with a good variety of attractions for you to see, including a rock and roll museum, a model train museum, and an alpaca petting zoo. It has a theater if you'd like to take in some entertainment and a commercial farm where you can experience a corn maze and a zip line. If you're starting to get hungry, Clovis has numerous restaurants, including several Mexican venues, a pizzeria, a rib joint, and much more.
Elida is a small town in New Mexico with a charm all its own. The town is small enough to take a stroll and see most of it without too much effort. It has an urban park and several churches; bring a book along, and you can enjoy reading in the park, getting the best of both worlds.