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Old 05-02-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Explore New Mexico in summer - your fave spots?

We are looking to take delivery of a 2016 Serenity around mid-June or so. We're considering a summer trip to New Mexico (probably northern New Mexico, where summer temps will be more moderate).

Are there places/campgrounds that you can recommend that we should visit in New Mexico? The Serenity is 30'. Towing with Duramax/Allison 3/4 ton.

Looking forward to your recommendations.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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Santa Fe Skies campground outside Santa Fe is a good place to use as a base to explore the area. Lots to see and do around Santa Fe. We stayed 5 nights in 2013. Nice place.

We enjoyed the Monte Verde Campground at Angel Fire in 2013. From MonteVerde you can explore northeastern NM, including Taos. We stayed several nights there. Be sure to visit Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron if you go to Angel Fire. Taos is also worth at least a day.

We've also stayed at Enchanted Trails Campground outside Albuquerque (west on I40) two nights before going to the balloon rally in October 2013. It was okay. Sites are mostly gravel and dust. There may be better choices in ABQ, perhaps others can chime in.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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Cibola Nat'l Forest area. Lots to see and do. Be sure to spend some time at the http://wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org near El Morro. Next is Carson Nat'l Forest, Chama, Oh heck just get yourself a NM map and help yourself.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:34 AM   #4
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1.Jemez Mountains/ Valles Caldera. 2. Chaco Canyon/ stay at Angel Peak near Bloomfield. Don't take your new Airstream to Chaco 20+ miles of washboard. 3. Bandelier National Monument. 4. Red River/ Eagle Nest
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There are some beautiful state parks in Northern NM. For private campgrounds, love Monte Bello outside of Taos, near the gorge bridge, Ojo Caliente has a campground rustic) but other amenities are wonderful, pool, restaurant, spa. Monte Verde in Angel Fire is also wonderful, the owners are best. Travel On!
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:51 AM   #6
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Hi from AZ. . . on your way back to the Valley, take US 60 West from Socorro , see the VLA, have best pie ever at Pie-O-Neer in Pietown, N.M. Pretty drive into AZ. travel safe, Craig
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:00 PM   #7
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NM camping

Though both of these are in the Southern part of the state, we would recommend these 2 state parks.

In 2013 we stayed several days at Oliver Lee State Park (water & sewer with dump station). We will definitely stay there again when in that area. Sites are pretty far apart.
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park New Mexico

It was convenient for our visits to White Sands NM, Alamogordo (NM Museum of Space History), and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.
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We also stayed several days at Rock Hound State Park which was being renovated in 2013, and would definitely stay here again as well. It also had W + S and a dump station. Rockhound State Park New Mexico

We also stayed at Navajo Lake State Park which was OK, but it was a bit crowded and sites were tight/close together, so probably wouldn't stay there again.
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Try the New Mexico State Parks for all areas in New Mexico.


We live in Corrales NM and have homes for the AS in Rancho de Taos and Mora, New Mexico.


We just got back from Rockhound, City of Rocks and Caballo Lake State Parks. All were great.


It will be getting HOT there soon, as it is the desert. You are from AZ so you know.


I understand Hyde State Park near Santa Fe is very nice.


We like Heron Lake in Northern NM, they have a few full hook up sites.


Let me know if you want specifics about Taos or the Las Vegas NM area.


Happy Travels and we are looking forward to seeing you in New Mexico.
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Red River is a beautiful place in the summer (ski area in winter).
North of Taos and Eagle Nest on the Enchanted Circle. Great location for day trips as far as Santa Fe.
Even In July or August take your coats, very cool at night. 8,000' elevation. Lots to do and eat. We have stayed with Mitch Miller at Red River RV park on west side mostly but there are several fed campgrounds downstream towards Questa which fill up fast and some aren't length friendly.
Our first trip there was in 1964. Fortunately, hasn't changed much 😀
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Valley of Fires is a BLM park with 18 spaces. It is three to four miles east of Carrizozo, New Mexico. Some sites just water and electric ($12) and a few also with it's own dump station ($18). There is also a main dump station. Nice shower and toilet facility as well. Lots of trails in area and great views. Due to lack of rain, one must only use a propane grill or cooking equipment outside of trailer.

This is I the high country over 6,000 feet if I remember correctly.
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Red River, Taos, Angel Fire and Eagle Nest- Also known as The Enchanted Circle.
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Valles Caldera-I have seen over three hundred elk in that area in a single day-magical...
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Thumbs up New Mexico

We just left New Mexico after staying about a month. We loved it there! We bought the state parks membership and between the National Parks Golden Eagle it was very inexpensive. We stared out in the south and gradually went north as the weather dictated. I'm a visual person so I use Pinterest to search states for what interests me, then pin the sites on a map and work my way through the state. We park our Airstream and use it as a base to go to and from sites.
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For Longmire fans, Walt's cabin is said to be on Valles Caldera. Show is filmed in New Mexico and the producers pass it off as Absoroka county, Wyoming. Movie Magic.
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