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Old 08-16-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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Taos and Santa Fe NM

Any recommendations for Taos or Santa Fe New Mexico areas. We have a couple of nights open on our way back to SoCal next week. RV park or boondocking, we're in a 32' motorhome. Thanks!
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If you are interested in Boondocking, New Mexico is a panacea of National Forests and countless camping locations. Get NFS maps for Carson, Santa Fe, Lincoln, Cibola, Gila, and Apache Sitgreaves National Forests and check out the many NFS campgrounds as well as the accessable true Boondocking locations. Don't know where you are now, but if you are in the central Rocky Mountain states or the midwest most of these National Forests are on your way to southern California.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:42 AM   #3
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For Santa Fe we enjoyed Cochiti Corps of Engineers campground. Very nice sites in a pretty setting. Reasonable price especially if you have the Golden Age Passport (1/2 off). We parked our car around the Farmer's Market and took the great bus to do the sites - can get on and off. The campground had a schedule.
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Thanks for the relies. We are in Leadville CO now and will be coming down thru Alamosa. We will not have a lot of time and would prefer to find something close in.
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After looking again at the tiny map on my phone Cochiti lake looks fairly close to Santa Fe??
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We stayed at Cochiti for 2 weeks in April and went to Santa Fe several times I think it is about 14 miles. You can also visit Kasha Katewe? common name The Tent Rocks it is Federal and a great place to spend a few hours. It is across from the Cochiti Pueblo. It is 46 miles to Albuquerque, NM. We drove the big circle to Bandelier NP while staying at Cochiti Lake.

Cochiti has water/electric and no hookup sites. There is a dump station.
The sites have great views of the mountains and the lake.

I would call ahead and see if sites are available this place fills up. Can make reservations online through National website www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 (10am to midnight EST) Good luck!

Another nice place but pricey is Santa Fe Skies Campground very close to Santa Fe and it has great views. Easy drive to Santa Fe.
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I can't respond directly to your question as we did not camp in that area. We were at Taos a few years ago. Actually stayed at Espanola and took day trips out and around. By all means visit the Taos Pueblo. The art work and jewelry is incredible.
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Living in SF for 12 years, I can recommend Black Canyon CG or Hyde state park. They are both just a few minutes to Santa Fe and around 8000ft so temps will be cool. Black Canyon is boondocking with toilets and faucets throughout the camp ground. Hyde has a rv park with hook ups, but not full. There is a dump station right there. If boondocking is cool with you, I would for sure do Black Canyon. It is in the forrest, paved, hiking trails all around and easy 10 minutes to the Plaza.

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For Taos we enjoyed staying at the BLM campgrounds on the Rio Grande Gorge. wild River BLM is north of town on the rim of the gorge...fabulous views, boondocking only but some miles from town. Orilla Verde BLM is south of Taos inside the gorge...great little gem of a campground with easy access to the highway. It has electric hookups.

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Any recommendations for Taos or Santa Fe New Mexico areas. We have a couple of nights open on our way back to SoCal next week. RV park or boondocking, we're in a 32' motorhome. Thanks!

Santa-Fe Skies RV Park.
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Living in SF for 12 years, I can recommend Black Canyon CG or Hyde state park.
Depends how big the RV is...we wouldn't take our 40' motorhome on the road to Hyde State Park (through town) and the sites would be very iffy. Black Canyon we didn't check out but if it's in the same direction as Hyde we wouldn't take our motorhome through that congestion. Just sayin'.....
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. We booked 2 nights at Cochiti, looks real nice. Still have not decided on anything near Taos, only one night to fill in that area.
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Depends how big the RV is...we wouldn't take our 40' motorhome on the road to Hyde State Park (through town) and the sites would be very iffy. Black Canyon we didn't check out but if it's in the same direction as Hyde we wouldn't take our motorhome through that congestion. Just sayin'.....
He has a 32' which would be fine in my opinion. A forty would be pushing it but doable. He could even drive to the ski area and park in their parking lot. That is a great place to boondock.
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Anyone ever stay at Sierra Village Sierra Village RV Park - Taos, New Mexico near Taos? Seems to have great reviews.
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