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Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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It was dusk when we pulled into the Campground which is actually a large parking lot with lines marked for camping spots. We knew there were not hookups but there were some picnic tables and it was adjacent to the trailhead so was certainly adequate. I think there were 8-10 campers in and out the two days so not too crowded. There were also restrooms and I think showers for those that needed them. There was a great view of the mountains out the window and we had gotten a map of the hiking trails so we were set.
We hiked back down, took another leg of the Guadalupe Trail and it connected to the Devil's Hall Trail which was spectacular. It was rated moderate, involved some climbing over rocks but had no cliffs! We found a great spot for lunch and marveled at the number of birds that were in the trees. We later asked the Ranger at the Visitor Center what they were and think we saw red-breasted nuthatches
The following morning we hiked 5 miles of the El Capitan Trail and still got back for lunch and time to pack up the camper. It was great weather again and a clear view of El Capitan from the front of it.
We had sorted clothes and planned to do laundry and fill gas in Carlsbad but decided to find an RV Park for the night that had laundry facilities. It was a good decision since we got to Alamogordo at dusk and would have been driving through the Lincoln National Forest in the dark which would not have been fun. It was mountainous and very pretty so we would have missed the scenery also.
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