New Mexico has been a highly regarded destination for RV and tent campers for years, and it’s no secret why. It has something for everyone, from ski resorts and spas to cultural centers and art galleries to national forests and beautiful campgrounds. Whether you love warm summers for the outdoor activities or cold winters for the slopes, New Mexico won’t disappoint.
Did you know?
- New Mexico is the fifth-largest state in the U.S.
- It is home to:
- 15 national parks and monuments
- 34 state parks
- 26 wilderness areas
- It has 8 popular ski resorts.
- Wheeler Peak, near Taos, is the state’s highest peak at 13,161 feet.
- Elephant Butte Lake State Park is home to the state’s largest lake.
- The Rio Grande is the fourth-longest river in the country and spans New Mexico from north to south
Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite places to visit across the state!
Spas and Resorts You Shouldn’t Miss
El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa
This hotel and spa is only a few minutes’ walk from the historic Taos plaza.
The Spa at Hotel Santa Fe
This is the capital city’s only Native-owned spa and hotel.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
This spa is located just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe’s famous shops and galleries.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa
Located in downtown Santa Fe, this spa has special treatments molded by the hotel’s history.
New Mexico National Forests
Carson National Forest
This national forest is home to Wheeler Peak and sits near Taos, an artsy city that draws thousands of campers each year.
Cibola National Forest
Cibola National Forest is made up of several disparate parts of the state and has a varying landscape. It includes the Apache Kid Wilderness and Manzano Mountain Wilderness, as well as scrubby forests, red rock cliffs, and grasslands.
Gila National Forest
With the designation of oldest wilderness area, this national forest is home to juniper forests and a variety of unique creatures, such as the roadrunner and Gila monster.
Lincoln National Forest
This national forest is the birthplace of the original Smokey the Bear, a black bear cub who escaped a forest fire by climbing a tree with his singed paws. He was rescued and quickly became the face of fire safety for campers.
Santa Fe National Forest
This national forest surrounds Santa Fe, as the name implies. It offers smaller campgrounds and dispersed camping with fantastic views. Go exploring, and you might find hot springs, the Valles Caldera National Monument and the Bandelier National Monument.
Natural Hot Springs for the Adventurous Campers
Battleship Rock and McCauley Hot Springs
These 99°F hot springs are located in a high mountain meadow near the Battleship Rock in Jemez Springs.
Black Rock Hot Springs
This group of small hot springs is located along the canyon of the Rio Grande.
Bubbles Hot Springs
These hot springs are located west of Arroyo Hondo and are constantly shaded by a steep cliff.
House Log Canyon Hot Springs
This hot spring is located northwest of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and is found only when the Gila river is low.
Lightfeather Hot Springs
This collection of hot springs sits alongside the Middlefork of the Gila River. The best time to visit the springs is during the late summer or early fall.
Manby Hot Springs
Located northwest of Taos, Manby Hot Springs has two hot pools located in the ruins of an old stagecoach stop.
Montezuma Hot Springs
Though the springs were originally used by the historic Montezuma Castle Resort, they are now accessible to the public.
San Francisco Hot Springs
These springs are located on the San Francisco River.
Turkey Creek Hot Springs
These hot springs are hidden in the Gila Wilderness of the Mogollón Mountains, which keeps most casual visitors away.
Find the Perfect RV Park and Campground in New Mexico
Like we said—there’s something for everyone here in New Mexico, and that includes RV parks and campgrounds. Simply choose the area you most want to explore and research the nearest RV parks to find one that suits your needs.
Here at Los Suenos de Santa Fe, we offer a wide variety of accommodations, including: space to set up your tent or RV camping gear, full hook ups and amenities for maximum comfort while you camp, furnished cabins and more. We welcome campers of all kinds so you have as many options as possible when it comes to planning your New Mexico trip.
We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to this great state!