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Best Camping in New Mexico


New Mexico offers some spectacular camping opportunities in natural surroundings unmatched anywhere else inNew Mexico camping the world. There is no shortage of campgrounds from which to choose.


That being the case, it’s time to start packing.  While you’re at it, don’t forget the most-forgotten items that have the potential to save your trip:

  • A high capacity portable phone charger
  • An extra tarp
  • An extra blanket
  • Air mattress leak seals
  • More socks than you think you’ll need
  • Clothes pins
  • Duct tape

As you pack everything else you’ll need, consider some of the top campsites New Mexico has to offer:

  • Rio Chama Campground, Abiquiu – Looking for an affordable place to camp? Is free good enough for you?  Just keep in mind that it is first come first serve.  No reservations necessary or taken, for that matter.  You’ll love the opportunity to camp right in the heart of the sandstone cliffs region.  It’s positioned on the Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River. 
  • City of Rocks State Park, NW of Deming – For a truly unique experience, this campground’s sites start at $10.  You’ll do best by calling and making a reservation, too.  The best time of the year to head over is in the spring or the fall as the high heat and low shade in the summer can be overwhelming to most campers. That said, the volcanic ash boulders the size of houses are a sight to be seen. They create a maze the size of a small city.  You’ll find yourself drifting along these winding ancient paths as you discover your way around these massive stones.
  • Morphy Lake State Park Campground, Mora – This is a new experience for many campers as it used to be remote enough that it was reachable only by four-wheel-drive vehicle.  Located around 100 miles to the northeast of Santa Fe, it is now fully accessible by paved road.  Still, the region has not lost its peaceful serenity, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Find this campground at the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, nestled into ponderosa pines. There are 24 campsites available, starting at $10 each. It’s first come, first serve, without reservations.  Keep in mind that despite the fact that most sites are located along the waterside, there is no on-site potable water available.
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