Left at 10:00 am, heading to Colorado, Merino – Wild Life Management Area. Supposed to be just over 5 hrs away. I say supposed to be 5 hours, because we never seem to do it in the alloted time. There are various reasons we don’t manage to stay on schedule such as we can’t do the speed limit due to the high winds, or there are long line ups at the gas stations.
When we arrived at the location given to us by the directions we had, they were wrong :(. A little while later, we stumbled across the Merino camping area by accident. We discovered you needed a hunting or fishing lic to be able to camp there or there was a $150 fine.
Brush Memorial Park Campground
Looking at our alternate choices, we decided to go to Brush Memorial Park Campground instead. This is a city owned camp ground at the state fairgrounds. The first night was free, after that it was a minimal charge for each night. There was 50 amp power available and a dumping station.
Located downtown and although, not your typical RV park, Brush Memorial sure served the purpose for us. Below is a review we found on the campsite by another RVer.
A Second Opinion
The park is located on Clayton St, south of Hwy 36. The swimming pool in the park is a great bonus for a hot summer’s day. We ate dinner at El Jacal Mexican restaurant, a 10-minute walk from the campground, near the corner of Hwy 36 and Clayton St (the downtown area). It was quite good. Be sure to stop at the Rising Sun Bakery in the same downtown area. The doughnuts are some of the best we’ve ever had!
Clean and quiet, nice place. Good place to spend the night.