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Old 08-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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New Mexico State Parks

We just bought a new Flying Cloud 30 and we'll be full-timing starting next year. In the meantime, one of my favorite armchair activities is to plan out where we'll be spending our time. It looks like February will be spent in New Mexico. We're not fans of commercial campgrounds and prefer state and national parks along with BLM land. We've never spent any time in New Mexico but the state park website advertises an annual non-resident camping permit for $225 which sounds like a pretty good deal. Does anyone have experience using this permit, i.e. are there restrictions? The website gives very little information. What are your favorite camping spots in New Mexico?

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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We use the annual pass every chance we get. Its good at any state park. Basic campsites, electric sites 4.00 a night more and for elect and sewer are 8.00 a night extra. In the winter stay in southern NM. Summer northern NM is nice and cool. My favorite park is Heron Lake State park.


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Old 09-02-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Two places we like are jimez Falls, a National forest camp, and Bandolier. We did not get to Bandolier on our last trip because they were remodeling the campground so am not sure how it is now.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #4
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We are not NM residents, so we have not popped for the NM State Park out-of-state-resident camping permit because we usually find ourselves camping in a combination of state parks and NF or NP campgrounds. We figure that we don't camp enough nights to make it worth our while.

That having been said, if you plan to camp enough nights in state parks, by all means, it's worth it ... We have found the NM State Parks to be quite nice and well-maintained and very reasonably priced (significantly less than AZ State Parks, for instance). As Anthony & Tamara noted, the pass covers the basic "developed site" camping fee ($10, which can include water)...then you will still pay for add-ons ... elect & sewer (each @ $4).

Because we have the federal Senior Pass, we find camping in NF, NPark, NMon or BLM lands even more economical. NM Residents are quite lucky that hey have the annual camping pass program...we don't have that in AZ. The Senior Pass is only $10 (forever) so if you're 62 or's a must-have.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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Hi All! We've been trying to decide our next venture out as well and it's either venturing to CA, which we haven't done yet or return to SW Colorado via Northern NM. A &T, you've always raved about Heron Lake, so naturally we're thinkng. to go there and seeing the Chama area, too. Most likely it will be a week in October. Thoughts?
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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Our favorite campground in NM is Valley of Fires, near Carrizozo. This well-maintained campground has paved roads and sites, covered ramadas, BBQ grills; and it was remodeled in recent years. 14 of 19 sites have water and electric hookups. Clean, modern restrooms have flush toilets and great showers. They also have a dump station. It's a NM State Park on BLM land, which honors the National Park Senior Pass discount of half-off camping fees.

GPS/Google Earth coordinates: 33 41.089'N 105 55.197'W

We also enjoy Bluewater State park, just south of I-40, near Prewitt exit. Gate is open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM; and it's OK to park overnight outside entrance, if gate is closed.

It has paved roads, and some sites have water and electric. Dispersed camping on shoreline is $8, regular sites = $10, electric = $14, water & electric = $18. Dump station available.

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EMNRD State Parks Division

Tiger Muskies at Bluewater Lake State Park - YouTube

GPS/Google Earth coordinates: 35 18.333'N 108 6.340'W

We also enjoyed the one trip we made to Elephant Butte Reservoir, but I don't have details on that location.

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