Yes there are many places around the panhandle - all within a couple hours. We would like to get more experience/familiarization with our Sunny closer to home before venturing greater distances. Yes, we have some favorite spots in NM as well - Taos, Santa Fe, etc. We'd rather not go that far yet. Never had a TT, never been camping in one (well, ok - one
time), don't know many of the ins-and-outs. One can only learn so much with it sitting in the driveway.
Our favorite haunt right now is Palo Duro Canyon. It's beautiful, it has electric and water, and it's close enough if something went wrong (don't know what - we're newbies), we're pretty close to home. Yes, there are even free areas not far away. Yes, there are not so attractive areas nearby. Yes, there are non-electric, non-water areas. We'd like to have electricity and water (other than the on board tank), and be in a more attractive area.
I know - we're picky.