(Coriaceal @ Nov. 11 2012, 5:25 pm)
I'm trying to pick a destination for a 4-5 day (excluding travel) camping trip in February 2013 and would love to get some suggestions. I'll be going with a friend, and we are both moderately experienced hikers/backpackers and have gear for warm climate backpacking (probably fine down to 15-20 degrees, but not below).
This will be a bit of a budget trip, so my goal is to find something within 2 days drive of Houston, TX.
A day of driving puts you in El Paso or, better yet, Las Cruces, New Mexico. From there you can drive approximately a half-day to Phoenix for the Superstition Wilderness. Plenty of other wildernesses in southern Arizona but too short for that many days.
Remember, peaks at 9,000-13,000 can be snow-bound even on the Mexican border (Chiricuahua's for example) into March due to our "sky-island effect".
Superstitions or Mazatzal wildernesses are big enough and low enough.
Usually Southwest and then some.
In wildness is the preservation of the world. - Henry Thoreau