Best Camping in New Mexico

Camping in New Mexico

New Mexico is also known as The Land of Enchantment, and true to its name, there is plenty about this state to enchant you. This is particularly true for outdoor enthusiasts. New Mexico provides stunning scenery and plenty of activities. Here’s what you need to know before you go camping in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Parks

One of the biggest draws for camping in New Mexico is the state park system. There are 27 state parks, and some of the more popular ones include Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and Navajo Lake State Park.

The state has an excellent state park pass program that campers can take advantage of. The annual camping pass costs $225 for out of state residents and only $180 for residents. Plus, resident seniors can take advantage of camping in New Mexico state parks for only $100 annually.

Because camping in New Mexico is so popular, the state park system has adopted a rule that you can only camp in a state park for 14 days out of a 20-day period. This is designed to allow more visitors to enjoy these beautiful campgrounds.

Learn more about New Mexico State Parks.

New Mexico National Parks

The National Parks in New Mexico offer incredible scenery and plenty of recreational activities.Most don't offer camping within the park boundaries, however, there are usually multiple options within a short drive of each park.

New Mexico RV Parks

RV parks in the state are plentiful. Whether you want to go sight-seeing in Albuquerque or fishing in Questa, there are plenty of options for RV camping.

The amenities will vary per site. Some offer full hookups, including sewer, while other RV parks only offer partial hookups with water and electricity.

Learn more about RV Parks in New Mexico.

New Mexico National Forests

There are five national forests in the state, stretching throughout the state:

These forests offer various camping options ranging from primitive camping within the woods to rental cabins and everything in between.

Free Camping in New Mexico

One of the unique things about this state is that you can take advantage of free camping near a National Park. BLM land is abundant near Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where free camping is permitted.

Learn more about free camping in New Mexico.

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Recent New Mexico Campground Reviews

Jun 03, 2023

"New Owners!"

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This is an older park with a few full time residents. A nice younger couple are in the process of buying the park with plans to make some much needed upgrades. The plans include leveling and graveling the sites. The on-site restaurant serves excellent fresh dishes! This was my second time staying here, only because it is kind of “out of the...
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Chris Patrick
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Jun 03, 2023

"Soso "

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There are 30 sites with W/E all are reservable but there are more than 20 BD sites available. The thing wrong with this park are the amount of bugs, so many you can’t sit outside without a insect covering over your head.

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Albuquerque, NM

Kirtland AFB FamCamp

Jun 03, 2023

"Nice place with everything you need."

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Nice fam camp. Easy access to the the commissary, exchange and other base amenities. Used the base auto hobby shop for some repairs. Dave, Jesus and the other guys were great and helped me out with my repairs. The camp could use a shower upgrade. One shower is just not enough but they were clean. All of the machines in the laundry room worked...
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7 reviews
Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe KOA

Jun 02, 2023

"Great KOA"

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This is one of best and cleanest KOAs I’ve stayed at. Staff was very nice. They are doing some upgrades to the spots as we speak. Close to Santa Fe lots to do. Great for dogs with the dog run. Verizon has low reception but ATT is great.

Nageezi, NM

Gallo Campground

Jun 02, 2023

"Hard to beat for visiting the park"

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The road is no fun. Dusty, washboard most of the way, dips and rough patches. Even the paved section at the start will have you bouncing. However, if you want time to explore or hike the trails, slow and steady will get you to the campground which is the best jumping off spot. There are even ruins next to the campground and 2 hikes from there....
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