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Old 09-09-2020, 06:29 PM   #1
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New Mexico State Parks

Greetings. DW and I are looking to visit a couple of state parks in late December. We've checked out the NM website, but they do not really give a lot of useful information on their RV campgrounds.

So, we would like to tap into the vast IRV2 knowledge base, and ask this very important question:

What is your favorite NM state park, and which ones would you NOT recommend?

Ok. So maybe that was actually two questions.

As always, thanks in advance for your comments.

BTW: Their website says they plan to re-open after September 30, so we remain hopeful that we will find a few good ones to visit.
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Rock Hound SP in Deming is our favorite. Small park with high occupancy. I think only 5 sites are reservable. Park has great views over the valley. All sites are large and flat. Be sure to check New Mexico travel advisories. They are still defining quarantine requirements if you are coming from a high risk state.
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It gets cold in New Mexico in late December - much colder than Arizona. In southern NM City of Rocks State Park is very unique.

Did you use this NM site? Click on 'Find A Park' and you'll see lots of picture of the park, a good description and even a video.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:37 PM   #4
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Rock Hound SP in Deming is our favorite. Small park with high occupancy. I think only 5 sites are reservable. Park has great views over the valley. All sites are large and flat. Be sure to check New Mexico travel advisories. They are still defining quarantine requirements if you are coming from a high risk state.
Thank you. I will definitely give Rock Hound a closer look. We'll be coming from AZ, and I believe we are no longer considered high risk.

I do appreciate the suggestion.
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It gets cold in New Mexico in late December - much colder than Arizona. In southern NM City of Rocks State Park is very unique.

Did you use this NM site? Click on 'Find A Park' and you'll see lots of picture of the park, a good description and even a video.

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Thank you. We are looking to slowly start traveling to colder climates, and believe NM will be a good first step. We will give City of Rocks a closer look.

Thanks for the suggestion, and for the link.
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Last summer, we stayed at Cochiti Lake to hike in Tent Rocks and see Santa Fe. It is a beautiful campground with very spacious sites. If I remember correctly, it is a COE park and had 50 amp electric and water.

We also stayed at Oliver Lee SP in Alamagordo when we went to see White Sands NP. Another beautiful park and wish we had stayed longer there to hike more at the park. Our site had 30 amp electric and water. We would stay either place again without hesitation.
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Last summer, we stayed at Cochiti Lake to hike in Tent Rocks and see Santa Fe. It is a beautiful campground with very spacious sites. If I remember correctly, it is a COE park and had 50 amp electric and water.

We also stayed at Oliver Lee SP in Alamagordo when we went to see White Sands NP. Another beautiful park and wish we had stayed longer there to hike more at the park. Our site had 30 amp electric and water. We would stay either place again without hesitation.
Thank you. The Santa Fe area is high on the list of places we would like to visit, especially if there is a nice COE campground in the area.

Thanks again for the suggestion.
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Cochiti Lake campground is closed until further notice. It is a nice place to stay normally.

We've skied at Santa Fe. Cold... and snow.

Just curious why do you want to do cold areas in winter? Usually, it's the other way around.
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I heard the NM state parks are only open to NM residents currently.

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We are in New Mexico now and cannot visit the parks as we are not NM residents :(
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