Best Camping in New Mexico

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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.

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Recent New Mexico Campground Reviews

Conchas Dam, NM

Bell Point Campground

May 13, 2021

"Would camp here again with water testing issue resolved "

Beautiful park, ZERO cell service(Verizon) The park had a”boil Advisory on effect until further notice. The Ranger was very helpful and apologetic that we wouldn’t be able to stay the 4 days we’d reserved due to the conditions. My husband works from the road so good cell service or wifi is imperative. Cudos to the Ranger though!! He’s...
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Denise Young
1 review
May 13, 2021

"Ok for a night"

Small parking lot at the trailhead. There was 1 big rig (us) and 4 van/cars. Sand storm came and we lost visability.

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Bruce Orr
2 reviews
Carlsbad, NM

Chosa Campground

May 13, 2021

"Great place"

Gravel parking lot inside a pipe fence. Most tenters camp on the dirt outside the fence. We got a corner with a beautiful mountain view. Free campsites are the best! I liked that there was no sign on the highway there was a campground.

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Bruce Orr
2 reviews
May 13, 2021

"Nestled up against a big state park. "

Easy sport to drive up to from I-40. My space #77 was a drive through. I have a 24’ RV and I tow my car. Spaces #76 and #77 on the top tier where big enough to accommodate any size rig. The place is all gravel with some small potholes but the sites where pretty level. As a solo female traveler I felt safe there. I hiked every day with my dog...
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Sacha Vanegas
1 review
Edgewood, NM

Torrance County Park

May 13, 2021

"We couldn't get here!"

There are about 3 miles of dirt roads to get to this camping spot. The roads were so badly washboarded, that we were unable to get to the campsite and had to turn around. When we did stop for the night, we went into our travel trailer to find things had been shaken all over the place, and we even lost 2 of our dump valve handles (they shook...
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Sandy Gowland
3 reviews