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Old 09-08-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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New Mexico Trip Summer 2016

We are planning a trip from Texas to Red River and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Any suggestions for where to stay with our 30' Travel Trailer? We stay at a lot of Texas State Parks as these are always very clean and friendly. We will most likely make the first leg of our trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park and then head over to New Mexico. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Just a reminder to stay at higher elevations otherwise it'll be pretty hot
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In July of this year, we stayed at Trailer Ranch RV Resort in Santa Fe, NM. It is quiet place for 21 and older. We had no complaints.
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There are some nice Forest Service campgrounds around Red River. No hookups though. Also River ranch Rv is pretty nice if you want an RV park.
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We are planning a trip from Texas to Red River and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Any suggestions for where to stay with our 30' Travel Trailer?
There are some fantastics spots in NM. But first, what do you want to do (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, ???)? What type of experience do you enjoy (dry camping/boondocking, fancy resorts, ???)?
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If a Palo Duro type of experience is your goal, the NM state parks (see here) are all very good. I've been to many of them and they usually have an activity attached - hiking trails or something. They use a very goofed up system (during the summer) which causes a reservation to be almost necessary if staying for more than one night.

Depending on the time of year, finding high altitude campgrounds may be important. I get as high as possible during the hot months as it makes a huge difference in comfort. The problem with this is that there is not much available between Amarillo (Palo Duro) and Albuquerque.

There are a bunch of forest service campgrounds which are usually pretty nice but dry camping. The Quaking Aspen campground south of Gallup (Fort Wingate - way west of where you said you are going) as wonderful in the heat of the summer as it is pretty high. Fantastic mountain bike and hiking trails all over the area. No hookups.

Since you are coming across from the east, it's probably worth hitting a spot or two in the Ruidosa/Capitan area - also high/cool. Though that is a bit out of your way from Palo Duro.

You have lots of options in the mountains around Santa Fe!
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One other place that I forgot about is Cimmaron Canyon State Park. It is on the highway from Raton to Eagle Nest. It is very pretty and does have partial hookups. It is located on the river as you go up the mountain. There is also a state park at Eagle Nest. Enjoy your trip.
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mlbond, we just returned from almost your exact itinerary. We stayed at Angel Fire RV Resort for 3 nights while we scouted the area. It is going to be pretty high end resort but is still heavily under construction. They have about 30% of the sites finished. They are offering some pretty good discounts during construction.

In Red River, we dry camped at a NF campground called Fawn Lakes. There are two stocked lakes and the Red River running through it. It's very nice but a little close to the highway. There was another campground called Elephant Rock, a mile away that might be quieter but it was a little too tight for us. These parks are $17 / night. You get a 50% discount ($8.50) with a senior pass.

In Taos, we stayed at Monte Bello RV. Very clean and friendly. They have done a good job at incorperating the native high desert landscaping.

We scouted Cimmaron Canyon SP, but were very limited due to our size. It looked like there were some nice spaces for small motorhomes and trailers. There are some sites that are reservable in both Cimmaron Canyon SP and the National Forest campgrounds at ReservAmerica.com.
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We stayed at Rancheros.
Was very nice. Great views and good amenities.
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