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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.

Recent New Mexico Campground Reviews

Jul 19, 2024

"$10 Is Always A Great Deal But Some Serious Issues Come With IT. "

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$10 for overnight parking on a primitive campsite is always a good deal but there’s some major issues. None of the parking lot lights are working they’re all out you can tell that there are people that live here full-time in the parking lot and also I was attacked by a pack of dogs that was owned by one of the “full-time residence” probably...
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Datil, NM

Eagle Guest Ranch

Jul 18, 2024

"Stay Anywhere But Here!!!!"

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I called the day prior to arriving and the owner told me there was plenty of sites available and i didn’t need reservations. When we arrived I checked in at the store, paid for the night, and was told to pull into any site. We found the park to be full of the workers from the chip sealing road project. There was only one site available and it...
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Chris Patrick
7 reviews
Red River, NM

Red River RV Park

Jul 18, 2024

"Love Red River"

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The campground was small and site were tight. We were on road side and there was a lot of road noise. But it was a busy time of year and fill lucky to have gotten a spot. Camp host were very nice and will go back.

5 reviews
Capulin, NM

Capulin RV Park

Jul 18, 2024

"Not Impressed "

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Bathrooms are closed Park owners have dogs that bark constantly No wifi

4 reviews
Bloomfield, NM

Angel Peak Campground

Jul 17, 2024


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Bee and lance
8 reviews