Dates Of Stay: October 28 – November 1, 2015
In the heart of the town of Tucumcari, on Route 66, sits the Cactus RV Park, formally the Cactus Motor Lodge, built in the 1930s.
The property is certainly a shadow of its former self. The motor lodge was built in the traditional motor court style, with small garages adjacent to cabana-style rooms. The rooms are no longer occupied, and I am sure the health department has declared them unoccupiable. The façade crumbles and the wrought iron rusts. One of the rooms was bulldozed away so the property could be driven through, as it was in a U-shaped in its original formation.
Still, it has a sort of failing beauty, and there are RV spots within the walls of the motor court. But, I shudder to think what animals might be living in those old rooms that could scurry out at night for warmth.
Either due to my length or my amperage, I was placed outside the motor court walls, in a barren open area with no view. But, for 22 bucks a night, I’ll take it. I had full hookups.
The old neon sign in front, restored in 2008, has already developed glitches. Neither side lights fully. The proprietors offered to turn the sign on for me for a photograph, but I did not take them up on it. It seemed forced, somehow.