Great RV Camping Locations
There are great RV camping opportunities in the "Land Of Enchantment". Whether you are looking for Extra Terrestrials near Roswell, or ancient history near Chaco Canyon, New Mexico offers the RVer just about every type of camping opportunity and activity imaginable. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has several water containment projects with camping available, and National and State parks offer great RV camping destinations.
Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in New Mexico.
Free RV camping and parking is available throughout New Mexico. National Forest and BLM administered lands offer "dispersed camping". This term is often referred to as "boondocking", but what it means is that you can camp anywhere on public lands for free unless otherwise restricted. Restriction reasons can be for protection of wildlife, delicate resources, heavily used areas etc. Areas closed to camping are signed, but if you are unsure or wish to verify dispersed camping areas, contact the local USFS (US Forest Service) Ranger District, or BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Field Office for details. The following list is only an example of free camping locations in New Mexico.
The Trout Lakes Campground offers smaller RV's and tenters 3 lakes for fishing and other outdoor recreation activities. 12 campsites but no potable water available.
The Angel Peak Recreation Area offers free RV camping and other outdoor recreation activities. Vault Toilets and trash containers are available
The Pecos River Corridor Recreation Area offers free dispersed camping (boondocking) along the Pecos River, north of Loving to the New Mexico/Texas state line. Public land in the corridor is intermingled with private and state land, so please obtain a map and respect private property.
The Fort Stanton Recreation Area is open to free dispersed camping (boondocking).
The USDA Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest offers 5 free developed campgrounds. Three campgrounds are near Magdalena.
Three free campgrounds are available near Manzano managed by the USDA Cibola National forest. 56 campsites are available between the three campgrounds. Rough Road.
26 miles south of Thoreau is the remotely located Ojo Redondo Campground. 15 campsites are available for RV camping. May not be suitable for large recreational vehicles.
Public campgrounds in New Mexico are located in beautiful and historic areas. State and federal campgrounds offer facilities from primitive to full RV hookup sites. The following list is only and example of the available public campgrounds available in New Mexico.
Located near the border with Mexico, Poncho Villa State Park offers camping, picnicking, hiking, historic buildings and history, and wildlife viewing.
City Of Rocks State Park offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, star gazing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
The Chaco Culture National Historical Park offers camping. This area is also a World Heritage Site with ruins of Puebloan peoples from around 850 to 1250 AD.
Ute Lake State Park offers RV camping, hiking, boating, picnicking, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and wildlife viewing.
Cochiti Lake is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE/COE). The lake is on Indian Lands, and is formed by one of the largest earth dams in the USA. Dump station, and pull thru campsites.
RV camping is available at Sugarite State Park. Picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing are only some of the outdoor recreation activities available for the whole family.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in New Mexico. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in New Mexico. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.