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Old 05-18-2015, 09:56 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip to New Mexico in late August. We are hoping to hit in between "back to school" and Labor Day weekend, to miss most of the crowds. My perfect scenario would be a NF park or state park with minimal or no hookups, alond a river. I am looking for immediate access to some moderate hiking and possibly some fly fishing. I have been to many nice places in the past, but not in an RV, since I was a kid. I remember being on the Pecos River somewhere near Pecos, NM. It was primative then, but this was in the late 60's. Is there any place that really stands out? I'm interested in Red River, Angel Fire, Chama, or anyplace in N. NM. We have about 5 - 6 days to spend.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:47 PM   #2
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Between Red River and Questa there are many national forest campgrounds. Just Google "red river, nm campgrounds", or any of the places you listed. Northern NM is full of places that will fit your interests.
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Until last year I would spend a month each summer in Angel Fire. For me it is one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. As for a state park or boondocking site for your size of rig, not sure there is one. I know you are not looking for a site like this but I want to make you aware of it Angel Fire RV Resort - Angel Fire Resort. Recently opened for business. A few other commercial campgrounds in Angel Fire and nearby Eagles Nest. I do not recommend driving your size MH from Taos to Angel Fire. May be possible but not for me. Access from Cimarron off I-25 should be okay.

I enjoy fly fishing the Cimarron River below Eagles Nest Dam about 10 miles from Angel Fire. This is not a river for people who insist on wide open spaces with no brush or trees overhead. Your local Guadalupe is a cupcake compared to challenge of the Cimarron. Great access within large state park 1/2 mile below Dam($5 day or 35 annual), and also well downstream. Expect to land native Browns and hatchery Rainbows. They stock Rainbows within state park most all weeks. I use a 1wt & 3wt. 6 1/2' on this river. The area at first state park campground below Dam, down about 1 1/2 miles is Trophy area. Throwing a black fur ant is deadly. Do not understand Trophy area as I've never seen one landed.

Scottybdivin, I can not recommend highly enough Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures - Home page. We attend the Cowboy Dinner at least a couple of times each trip and have never tired of it. Super owners who do everything they can to ensure you have a great time. If you attend try to go on the night Syd Masters is performing. Dulcimer Dan who warms up the dinner guests I could do without. LOL Do not judge the night prior to dinner. They are located about 20 miles from Angel Fire at 9820', just before you drop down into Red River.

If you chose this area you may want to visit the only U.S. state park dedicated to VietNam veterans. Wonderful story how the memorial came about. Sits between Angel Fire and Eagles Nest.

Good luck in finding a place in New Mexico that you want to visit. There are many great places.
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... I do not recommend driving your size MH from Taos to Angel Fire. May be possible but not for me...
Why is this not recommended? We will be visiting NM in July, Carlsbad up to Taos, and wondering if I should be concerned with our 34' 5th wheel.
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Until last year I would spend a month each summer in Angel Fire. For me it is one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. As for a state park or boondocking site for your size of rig, not sure there is one. I know you are not looking for a site like this but I want to make you aware of it Angel Fire RV Resort - Angel Fire Resort. Recently opened for business. A few other commercial campgrounds in Angel Fire and nearby Eagles Nest. I do not recommend driving your size MH from Taos to Angel Fire. May be possible but not for me. Access from Cimarron off I-25 should be okay.

I enjoy fly fishing the Cimarron River below Eagles Nest Dam about 10 miles from Angel Fire. This is not a river for people who insist on wide open spaces with no brush or trees overhead. Your local Guadalupe is a cupcake compared to challenge of the Cimarron. Great access within large state park 1/2 mile below Dam($5 day or 35 annual), and also well downstream. Expect to land native Browns and hatchery Rainbows. They stock Rainbows within state park most all weeks. I use a 1wt & 3wt. 6 1/2' on this river. The area at first state park campground below Dam, down about 1 1/2 miles is Trophy area. Throwing a black fur ant is deadly. Do not understand Trophy area as I've never seen one landed.

Scottybdivin, I can not recommend highly enough Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures - Home page. We attend the Cowboy Dinner at least a couple of times each trip and have never tired of it. Super owners who do everything they can to ensure you have a great time. If you attend try to go on the night Syd Masters is performing. Dulcimer Dan who warms up the dinner guests I could do without. LOL Do not judge the night prior to dinner. They are located about 20 miles from Angel Fire at 9820', just before you drop down into Red River.

If you chose this area you may want to visit the only U.S. state park dedicated to VietNam veterans. Wonderful story how the memorial came about. Sits between Angel Fire and Eagles Nest.

Good luck in finding a place in New Mexico that you want to visit. There are many great places.
Excellent information. Looking at the RV Resort now. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have passed through Angel Fire once, maybe 20 years ago. I remember being impressed by it's beauty. I will be checking out the RV Park reviews.

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Between Red River and Questa there are many national forest campgrounds. Just Google "red river, nm campgrounds", or any of the places you listed. Northern NM is full of places that will fit your interests.
ALBQ, I have located one of the parks you mention. Looks like Elephant Rock gets some good reviews. This is the kind of thing I am looking for and may be an option for a few nights.

I am also looking at the Orilla Verde BLM area near Taos (Pilar, NM). They actually have a dozen or so sites with 50A electric for $15, on a first come basis. Anybody ever stayed at one of these Rio Grande Gorge area parks?
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NRA Whittington Center Raton, NM is a good place to start in N.W. New Mexico with full camping facilities.
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I am also looking at the Orilla Verde BLM area near Taos (Pilar, NM). They actually have a dozen or so sites with 50A electric for $15, on a first come basis. Anybody ever stayed at one of these Rio Grande Gorge area parks?
Looking at Rio Bravo or Pilar Campgrounds. Anybody stayed at either?
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I have driven between Taos and Angel Fire in our 40ft class A without issue. Take a look at Red River. There are two RV Parks there that i believe are right on the river. A little more going on there than AF and there is a river. Santa Fe has Black Canyon that is a very nice park in the mountains and a short drive to town. You could look at the upper Pecos area near Cowels, but the spaces up there are pretty small and the road is narrow.
Just saw your signature that you are in a 45 foot. That rules out Pecos and Black Canyon. If you are stopping in the Santa Fe area on the way, Trailer Ranch is the best RV Park there.
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Thanks Jake. Are you referring to NF parks or private in Red River? I will check it out either way.
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Private. Not sure where you would get a big rig into a NF campground in that area. There are many pull outs along the river and you may be able to maneuver into one and boondock.
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Planning to check out the BLM campgrouns on the Rio Grande outside of Taos. Maybe a NF campground near Red River. Still looking for something on the Pecos River.
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Scotty, we spent 10 days in June and used Angel Fire RV Resort - Angel Fire Resort as a home base. We put nearly 600 miles on the toad seeing the various sights and included some 4 wheelin' fun near Red River. We drove the Taos-Angel Fire road practically daily... typical 2 lane, mostly no shoulder and slower speeds with some curves. We didn't travel that way in the Coach but I would if needed.

The resort is not the accommodations you've inquired about but it's new & very nice, on the edge of town, and within driving distance of many attractions & activities. The two CG's we saw in Red River proper were on a "stream" in town and fairly crowded. There may be others out of the city. Good luck on your trip... that area is truly the "Enchanted Circle".
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If catch and release for huge trout is your thing, then Cottonwood campground in Navajo Lake State Park is the place. It's on the San Juan River - some electric, some dry sites, dump station and water fill. Trees for some shade. It's just south of Colorado in New Mexico. There are also many guides available for hire at the fly shop in town. It's a destination for serious fishermen . . or not-so-serious. We love it!
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If catch and release for huge trout is your thing, then Cottonwood campground in Navajo Lake State Park is the place. It's on the San Juan River - some electric, some dry sites, dump station and water fill. Trees for some shade. It's just south of Colorado in New Mexico. There are also many guides available for hire at the fly shop in town. It's a destination for serious fishermen . . or not-so-serious. We love it!

Nailed it. I haven't been there in quite some time, but this is on my list to revisit. The fly fishing in the quality waters is phenomenal. I grew up 45 minutes from here in Colorado. Great recommendation.


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