Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

RV park no longer has 'Empty' feeling

 

September 19, 2018

Ron Warnick

John Castelli, co-owner of the Blaze-in-Saddle RV park in Tucumcari, points to the horse corrals on the facility's west side. The Castelli brothers bought the facility, formerly known as the Empty Saddle RV Park, and reopened it in April.

When the Castelli brothers bought the Empty Saddle RV Park on Tucumcari's east side in April, one of the first things they did was change the name.

That's because the facility since 2009 mostly had lived up to its name - empty.

So a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Friday by the Tucumcari-Quay County Chamber of Commerce served more as a celebration the long-moribund site - now the Blaze-in-Saddle RV Park - had been revived.

Silvio Castelli, who'd lived in Nevada in the construction and X-ray technician field before moving to Tucumcari in the spring, said the RV park had been "in disarray" when his brothers acquired it and made him manager. Mike, who'd been in construction and hospital management, and John, a former schoolteacher, both came from California.

Since their acquisition, the brothers have remodeled the laundry room, bathrooms, dressing rooms and office and added a new pet area.

The Blaze-in-Saddle can handle up to 50 recreational vehicles. On the west side of the grounds are four corrals that can handle up to eight horses for their guests.

Silvio Castelli said shortly after they reopened the RV park in April, one of their first clients was an Oklahoma veterinarian who "gave good advice" on what to do with the facility.

Since then, Silvio said business at the Blaze-in-Saddle has been "better than we thought," and customer ratings have remains consistently high.

Silvio said he and his brothers plan to repair the main building's roof. They also would like to make the facility more family-friendly and are considering the addition of a pool, a recreation room and a pergola.

The site at 2500 E. Route 66 originally was a junkyard in 1952. The owner at the time cleared space for an RV park in 1958, and it's remained that way since, Silvio said.

 

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