After leaving Avalon Lake Campground near Carlsbad, NM we decided to head to the city of Jal, located in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, and slowly make our way to the Big Bend area of Texas. The city of Jal was quite a surprise. We found Jal Lake Park, which accomodates travellers with half a dozen RV sites with water and electric hook ups. You can stay 3 days for free to enjoy the small lake with its ducks and other birds. Our cat was thrilled to have so many things to watch from her vantage point in the window. Each RV site has a covered picnic table, a grill and as mentioned the water and electric hook ups. Trash bins are also present. Verizon service was 4G 3 bars. There is a playground for the kids and a basketball court. If you like to walk or jog there is a great trail around the lake. We ran into a local that told us all about the city and said that the lake was in the shape of JAL. We also learned that the city name came from the cattle brand of the first cows from Texas back in 1883. This gentleman was also involved in the construction and placement of the Jal Cowboy Statue and took us on an up close tour. Be sure to stop at the Jal Cowboy Statue, located about two miles north of town on Hwy 18. For the best viewing spot pull over on Bus District Road which runs parallel with Hwy 18. Thank you City of Jal for your hospitality but on we go; Scouting Destinations.