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Old 06-14-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Where's a cool place in NM to spend the hot weather?

Other than driving through NM on I-40, I'm not really familiar with it. I'd like to leave AZ during the hot months of July, August, and part of September.

I've noticed that a lot of northern NM campgrounds are at really high altitudes, like 8000' and above. My lungs don't do well at much over 7000', and would like to find a spot (or spots) where it will be cool in the summer months.

I love dry camping in forest service campgrounds, or in other public lands. Commercial CG's are good for periods of time, as well.

To recap:
1. gotta be cooool in summer months
2. NOT uber high altitude (<7500' preferred)
3. love dry camping
4. commercial CG with hookups also considered
5. class A DP, so have extreme aversion to extensive dirt roads (0 tolerance for washboard roads)

Any suggestions from the NM RV warriors out there?

Thanks in advance...!
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You answered your own question...go north. We've stayed in Raton....it was cool there.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:20 PM   #3
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Ruidosa is pretty mild in the summer, Just under 7000 ft. West Texans head up there to let their power meters cool off in the summer.
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Silver City (way down near the boot heel of NM) has some good hiking and biking. You can escape the heat by touring Carlsbad Caverns (camping at Whites City). Way up north I like Chama (and the whole old Conejos National Forest area) because it is the west terminus of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR. What about the Taos and Angel Fire area (very pretty)? For a day trip, you can drive the east face, hike the west face, or take the cable car to the top of Sandia Peak (to the immediate east of Albuquerque - camp on the Moriarty side). There is also a little hiking at the top of the Peak. \ken
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Silver City (way down near the boot heel of NM) has some good hiking and biking. You can escape the heat by touring Carlsbad Caverns (camping at Whites City). Way up north I like Chama (and the whole old Conejos National Forest area) because it is the west terminus of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR. What about the Taos and Angel Fire area (very pretty)? For a day trip, you can drive the east face, hike the west face, or take the cable car to the top of Sandia Peak (to the immediate east of Albuquerque - camp on the Moriarty side). There is also a little hiking at the top of the Peak. \ken
Silver City is fantastic for those into star gazing (astronomy buffs). It is rated the top dark sky place in the country, or close to it. I think it is between Silver City and Borrego Springs, CA.
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Anyplace in the upper 1/3 of NM would work for you. There are lots of national forest spots and state parks. Try out a few places the first time to see where you'd prefer.

There's an area west of Bandelier Nat'l Monument that's very nice. The Santa Fe area has some nice spots. Red River area is gorgeous and lots of national forest areas. Then there's Chama and over to Pagosa Springs, Colorado areas.

Good luck finding your spot.
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I appreciate the input. Most of the places mentioned so far are at nearly ideal elevations and should be nice and cool. I'll check on specific campgrounds in the recommended areas. Many thanks..!
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