11 Great RV Destinations in New Mexico
Within its 21,000 acres of dramatic landscapes of colorful cliffs, vast skies, and magnificent views, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu offers numerous activities including hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. After spending an adventure-filled day immersed in the beautiful scenery made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe, enjoy a peaceful night in the desert by the campfire. The Campground at Ghost Ranch has facilities for RV camping with or without electricity, and most sites have a table and campfire ring. There are only a few full hookup sites and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Call (505) 685-1000 for information and reservations.
City of Rocks State Park
Formed about 34.9 million years ago from a large volcanic eruption and millions of years of slow erosion, the City of Rocks is a stunning, otherworldly landscape of large geologic formations. Encompassing one square mile within the Chihuahuan Desert, the “city” is made up of large rock skyscrapers, rising as high as 40 feet in the air, separated by paths and lanes that resemble city streets. Spend the day exploring hiking trails, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and birding, and a desert botanical garden before setting up camp and enjoying the cool desert air under an incredible night sky, as the “city” is also a dark sky site. City of Rocks State Park offers RV sites with electric hookups that are available on a first come, first served basis.
Call (505) 536-2800 for information and reservations.
This International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the Gila National Forest is the perfect destination for travelers looking for exquisite 360-degree, unobstructed views of the night sky. The Cosmic Campground is located more than 40 miles from the nearest source of significant artificial light and has rules in place in order for everyone to respect their fellow stargazers and create an unparalleled experience for all. Keep in mind that the Cosmic Campground is a primitive campground with minimal amenities. The campground offers just six RV sites on a first come, first served basis, but it’s worth the effort for travelers looking to take “sleeping under the stars” to the next level.
Call (575) 539-2481 for more information.
Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway / Angel Fire RV Resort
Angel Fire’s RV Resort makes an excellent base camp for an adventure along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway—a picturesque 83-mile loop that takes travelers through the charming mountain towns of Taos, Questa, Red River, and Eagle Nest. Hit the road and experience the incredible amount of culture, food, sites, and outdoor adventure along the route before settling in and enjoying the numerous amenities, on-site activities, and resort-style adventure at the Angel Fire RV Resort. The Angel Fire RV Resort can accommodate all rig lengths and has more than 100 sites with full hookups available by reservation.
Call (575) 377-4472 for information and reservations.
Travelers looking for a more rugged RV experience in a remote setting will love camping at Chaco Canyon. After spending the day exploring this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy a night under an incredible starry sky, as Chaco Canyon is also an International Dark Sky Park. Located a mile east of the Visitor Center, Gallo Campground is a beautiful, rugged campground surrounded by petroglyphs, inscriptions, and cliff dwellings. The campground offers 4 RV sites available by appointment only that can accommodate RV’s up to 35 feet in length. With no hookups, gasoline, auto repair, food, ice, or amenities available, if you reserve one of these limited RV sites, be sure plan ahead and come prepared.
Call 1-877-444-6777 for information and reservations.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Pull up, park, and enjoy a day of outdoor adventure at New Mexico’s largest state park. In addition to the park’s plentiful campsites, Elephant Butte also offers miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, an abundance of water activities, wildlife viewing, fishing, incredible views, and more. The campgrounds offer RV sites with electric hookups that can be reserved in advance. For those making last-minute plans, the park also offers a few additional RV sites that are available on a first come, first served basis with no prior reservation required.
Call 1-877-664-7787 for information and reservations.
Las Cruces / Hacienda RV Resort
The Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces makes a great base camp for an adventure in southern New Mexico. Enjoy hiking and biking in the Organ Mountains and nearby state parks, explore historic Old Mesilla, roast world-famous chiles during harvest season, discover the wonders of White Sands National Park, and more—all an easy drive away. With paved roads leading into 113 RV sites with full hookups and plenty of on-site amenities, the Hacienda RV Resort is the perfect place to park, rest, and relax after a day of adventure and exploration.
Call 575-528-5800 for information and reservations.
Clayton Lake State Park and Dinosaur Trackways
Make plans to spend the night under the beautiful starry skies of New Mexico’s first dark sky park. Designated as dark-skies approved in 2010, Clayton Lake State Park is a Gold Level International Dark Sky Park and even has its own 14-inch Mead telescope at the Lake Observatory. The park is also home to one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America, giving its visitors a unique glimpse into New Mexico’s prehistoric past. But in between stargazing and dinosaur tracking, be sure to take advantage of the park’s fantastic outdoor activities including boating, fishing, and hiking. Clayton Lake State Park offers RV sites with and without electric hookups available with a reservation.
Call 1-877-664-7787 for information and reservations.
Albuquerque / American RV Park
There’s so much to see and do in Albuquerque and with its convenient location and numerous on-site amenities, American RV Park is a great place to stay as you take it all in. Located right off I-40, the park is near historic Route 66 (now Central Ave.), which will take you through Historic Old Town, downtown Albuquerque, the Albuquerque BioPark, and more. After a full day of exploring the sites and experiencing the culture of Albuquerque and its surrounding areas, wind down and enjoy the RV park’s various amenities including a playground and play equipment, a dog walk, swimming pool, hot tubs, and more. American RV Park has more than 180 sites available with a reservation.
Call (505) 218-7383 for information and reservations.
Carlsbad Caverns / Carlsbad KOA
With its convenient location, Carlsbad KOA is a great getaway to the sites of southeast New Mexico. Discover the underground wonders of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, spend a day full of outdoor adventure at nearby state parks and recreation areas, stumble upon something out-of-this-world in Roswell, and more—all within an easy drive from the KOA. They even have a horse hotel for your equine companions. The Carlsbad KOA accommodates RVs up to 75 feet and have electric hookups, a pool, dog park, and more for your convenience.
Call 800-562-9109 for information and reservations.
Hotel Luna Mystica
Here’s a bonus location! Looking for a more glamorous RV experience during your travels in New Mexico? Spend a night (or a few!) at the Hotel Luna Mystica. This vintage trailer hotel and campground offers luxury airstream accommodations on the picturesque Taos Mesa. Each unique trailer features its own deck, bathroom, beds, and kitchen facilities.
Call 575-613-1411 for information and reservations.