Where and how do you start to describe New Mexico, with the rich history of the Aztec, the Navajo, and the Apache nations intertwined with Colonial Spanish architecture. Or do you visit the region for its magnificent diverse scenery, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Chihuahuan Desert, the mountain forests, and the lakes?
Here are some of my suggestions for RV campgrounds to guide you along the way to make your stay that little bit extra special.
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Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, Elephant Butte Lake
This RV park has so many amenities that you may not want to travel the short distance to the State Park with the largest lake in New Mexico. Elephant Butte Lake RV resort has an indoor swimming pool with a hot tub, a fitness room, a games room, WiFi, a dog wash, and even on-site RV repairs.
Sierra County has majestic landscapes and wide-open spaces, and this park is a great base to explore these. Both Elephant Butte and Caballo lakes have a variety of water sports and fishing. Houseboats, jet skis, and ski-boats are available to hire. You may also want to explore the historic villages, hot mineral baths, and a variety of museums.
There are one hundred and forty large rig level RV sites up to a hundred feet with full hookups and twenty, thirty, and fifty amp service. The owners and staff take outstanding care of the park, and there are always clean bathrooms and laundry.
Red Barn RV Park, Roswell
Roswell, known for the ‘Alien Crash Site,’ has many extra-terrestrial-themed shops and restaurants to experience. The park is only two and a half miles from the center of the town. The parks’ amenities include cable TV, a games room, a book exchange, and the owners, Randy and Lee Fudge, are super friendly and helpful.
The fifteen RV sites include both back-in and pull-through sites, and there are full RV hookups available. The showers, restrooms, and laundry are spotless, WiFi is available, and the park is dog friendly. The park also caters to visiting professionals and their business needs and is open for pets.
Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground, Alto
Welcome to the home of Smokey Bear and Billy the Kid. Bonito Hollow hugs the Bonito river, and the RV sites are set amongst the trees and opposite the Lincoln National Forest. It’s three miles from Lake Bonito, where you can swim, fish, and enjoy many watersports. If it’s entertainment and nightlife you want, then Ruidoso is only a few minutes away.
Bonito Hollow offers wireless internet, clean, modern restrooms, a dump station, a volleyball court, many hiking trails, and trout fishing in the river. The Sixty-five full hookup sites have both thirty and fifty amp service and a choice of both back-in or pull-through sites.
Santa Fe Skies RV Park, Santa Fe
Situated south of the capital of New Mexico, the park is on a ridge with spectacular views of the Santa Fe area and the historic Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains. At sunset, these mountains turn a glowing red.
Santa Fe has much to offer, whether it’s shopping in the malls or visiting El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, a 17th century Spanish Colonial Museum, or the Turquoise Trail, the home of historic villages of Cerrillos.
Santa Fe Skies has ninety-eight RV sites, fifty-five pull-through sites designed for large motor coaches and travel trailer rigs, and forty-three back up sites. All have twenty, thirty, or fifty amp electrical service. Water and sewers are available at all pull-thru and most back-in sites. The park is pet-friendly, and free WiFi is available. Other facilities are a propane station, clean bathrooms, a laundry, a dump station, plus a walking trail.
New Mexico is one of those destinations every RVer wants to visit. Take the opportunity to explore ancient civilizations, marvel at magnificent scenery, enjoy beautiful lakes, meet diverse people, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
An RV is ideal for moving from one exciting attraction to another, so what’s stopping you?