RV parks are, most usually, very unexciting places to visit. Most are glorified parking lots, but a few have some redeeming qualities (for instance, at the moment, Cory and I are parked on a horse ranch in Indiana). We aren’t in RV parks too often, since they’re mostly miserable, but I wanted to share some photos from the place we stayed in Farmington.

Mom & Pop’s RV Park is run by Dennis Ryan, an 81-year-old who happens to be an industrious figurine sculptor. The park office is a tiny corner in his toy workshop, and he displays his creations in glass cases – both for sale and for show. Check out this article on Pop’s miniatures.

The best part, though, is the railroad track he has set up in the front yard. The miniature settings start with the homesteading of the Wild West, and move forward in history to iconic “Main Street” images.

Click through the pictures to see his handiwork!

Building a railroad

Building a railroad

I'm not sure what this pair is doing... taking a photograph, or some sort of surveying work?

I'm not sure what this pair is doing... taking a photograph, or some sort of surveying work?

And here we have what appears to be both a rodeo and an auction

And here we have what appears to be both a rodeo and an auction

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All aboard!

All aboard!

Aerial view of the village

Aerial view of the village

Thriving crops

Thriving crops

I love this scene - the man and the boy in the same pose, and the little dog desperately wanting a bite!

I love this scene - the man and the boy in the same pose, and the little dog desperately wanting a bite!

Oh no! A giant beast is terrorizing the city.

Oh no! A giant beast is terrorizing the city.

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How perfect is this old See's truck?!

How perfect is this old See's truck?!

And this Dairy Queen car.

And this Dairy Queen car.

The ravaging beast takes a break.

The ravaging beast takes a break.

Kittens. Free, because they grow into city-terrorizing beasts.

Kittens. Free, because they grow into city-terrorizing beasts.

The local mechanic

The local mechanic

Hilarious. And terrifying.

Hilarious. And terrifying.

Somehow, this images seems so anachronistic with the rest of the scenes!

Somehow, this images seems so anachronistic with the rest of the scenes!

Not all is pleasant in this town - this fine German establishment has been in a terrible accident. Or was it arson?

Not all is pleasant in this town - this fine German establishment has been in a terrible accident. Or was it arson?

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Play ball!

Play ball!

Just a vagrant, sitting on the tracks

Just a vagrant, sitting on the tracks

Pop's workbench

Pop's workbench

Soldiers, armed for battle

Soldiers, armed for battle

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4 Responses to Mom & Pop’s RV Park – Farmington, NM

  1. Debbie says:

    Hello! Just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your post on Farmington and the other areas you visited in New Mexico.

    I would like to feature your blog on our website for the stories you did here. Would that be OK with you?

    Thanks!

    Debbie
    Web Manager
    Rocky Mountain RV & Marine

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  3. Lindsay,
    I have truly enjoyed reading your posts on the Farmington area. I am with the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, we would love to feature your posts on our website. We are creating a new section where we can share articles and blogs with travel writers, media and visitors. Can we link and feature your blog on our website?

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