From quiet afternoons fishing to adrenaline-fueled races across dunes, New Mexico invites adventurers from around the world to enjoy its diverse culture and landscape. For campers traveling on foot and renting an RV, the Land of Enchantment is a must-see spot for breathtaking sights and making one-of-a-kind memories. Almost every corner of the state has something exciting and new to offer. Here are the best four places to camp in New Mexico.
Great New Mexico Campgrounds
Jemez Falls Campground
Answer the call of the wild in the rugged yet calming terrain of Ponderosa Pine forests and meadows. Jemez Falls Campground features 52 overnight campsites for city-weary travelers and paved roadways for RVs. Easy to moderate hikes that lead to hot springs and waterfalls are accessible throughout the campsite. Other popular visitor locales in the area are only a quick drive away.
City of Rocks State Park
Thirty-million-year-old volcanic ash is the star of this picturesque location. Whether visitors settle down for a picnic, hike, rock climb, there are magnificent views from every angle of the Chihuahuan desert and surrounding 40-foot tall natural rock formations at City of Rocks State Park. The Gene and Elizabeth Simon Observatory and cactus gardens invite visitors to learn in-depth about the area’s natural habitat and wildlife. The state park’s seclusion is a dream destination for stargazing and those who love to admire Mother Nature’s rare geological wonders.
Bandelier National Monument
For pure inspiration of humans and nature working together to create a spectacular landmark, The Bandelier National Monument is on every must-visit list. Dating back almost 11,000 years, Ancestral Puebloans and their descendants once called this sacred land their home with handcrafted underground houses and cliff dwellings. The area now includes designated hiking trails, guided tours, and three major campgrounds.
El Vado Lake State Park
Take a break from the arid desert and lush wilderness with a relaxing splash along the Rio Chama River. The eastern side of El Vado Lake serves as a sacred reservoir for water-based activities such as swimming, jet-skiing, wind-surfing, and fishing. Simple picnic and individual camping shelters scatter widely across the peninsula. Eighty developed stations provide restrooms, electric access, and water. It’s a perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway.