Camping in New Mexico is a fantastic, affordable way to experience all that nature has to offer. Whether youre traveling through the state and need a place to stop for a night or two, or you want to unplug for several days at a time, youve found the perfect place to do it.
It doesnt matter if you want to sleep under the stars or in one of the latest and most high-tech tents on the market, youll find the site you and your family will love. Set up on the edge of a field of wildflowers or pitch your tent near otherworldly volcanic rock columns. Spend your time on the edge of the water, in the Pecos Wilderness forests, or at the White Sands gypsum dunes.
From springtime through the fall, your opportunities abound and campsites are easily accessible by car. You dont need to pack everything on your back and hike for miles. Instead, you can simply drive right up to where you want to be.
There are two main types of site from which to choose when youre when you are camping in New Mexico: developed campsites and primitive ones. Making a choice between the two is integral to making sure you have the experience you want.
A developed site will usually mean youre assigned a specific site with a parking space available as well as some other features which may include a grill, a picnic table, and bathrooms of one form or another, typically including toilets and sinks, if not showers.
Primitive campsite dont typically come with any amenities at all. They will usually have an accessible vault toilet, but wont have numbered assigned sites, picnic tables, grills, or anything else established. Those located near water will generally have boat launches.
Most campsites throughout the state will have sites available for under $10 per night. This makes it a highly affordable way to take a vacation with the whole family, particularly if you already have all or most of the equipment youll need.
Among the most well rated New Mexico campgrounds include the following:
* Brushy Point Campground (Heron Lake State Park), available all summer long, with lots of great features and amenities.
* Columbine Campground (Carson National Forest), also available all summer long, this is a highly popular spot. This is a great place for making new friends and encouraging kids to meet others to play in the great outdoors.
* Cottonwood Campground (Navajo Lake State Park), is open throughout the fall and provides spectacular fishing for the avid angler.