We have reservations at Bear Mountain Lodge in April and need to get to Oklahoma City. Planning one overnight stop. Would you suggest Tucumcari for an overnight stay? I read some reviews and it seems that we should chose Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express, both in Tucumcari. Is the distance from Silver City to Tucumcari with all those stops in between doable in one day? We prefer to arrive at the hotel before it gets dark.
I would appreciate any comments on places to stop, scenic spots for photography, hotels to stay in, decent restaurant to have an evening meal. All suggestions regarding logistics of this drive and any comments are greatly appreciated. We enjoy taking backcountry roads with stunning scenery over quick interstate highways.
We would leave from the lodge not later than 9 am (or earlier if we need to) and connect in Silver City with route 152 east and then I-25 north to exit 124 to take a drive through and maybe make a couple stops to see birds at Bosque del Apache NWR. Then get back to I-25 north and get off at exit 175, rote 60 east to Mountainair with a stop at the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.
Based on several posts I read here on this forum and looking at the map I think we should take route 55/337 from Mountainair north to Tijeras. From there we would go east on I-40 to Tucumcari. I checked Tijeras, Edgewood, Mariorty, Santa Rosa but it doesn't look like any of them offers lodging.