New Mexico

New Mexico map iconI’ve been fortunate enough to spend time here during visits with my brother, who lived in Albuquerque for several years. Although typically the desert is not my favorite environment, there are many attractions here that truly did enchant me.

See the links to the left for the places I visited here. Some visits were made way back in 2002 before I started writing about them as extensively as I do now and when the only website I had was MaliasRV (“Inspiration’s Journey”).  Those links will open in separate windows.  I hope to revisit those sites in the future so I provide more info and better pictures.

The newer pages are done using WordPress format, starting with my trip in February, 2017 to City of Rocks State Park.  What a magical wonderland of rocks that is!  If you haven’t been there, be sure to check out my review, including details on the campgrounds, hiking among the rocks, etc.

Great deals with New Mexico Passes:

Fees, Permits, Rentals – This site outlines all of charges for New Mexico state parks, including day use and overnight camping fees. The charges are consistent throughout the state, so you don’t have to check every park for differences.  Check out the annual permits which offer the best deals, especially if you camp a lot. I spoke to several folks who were using the Annual Camping Permit.  Residents pay $180 (Seniors $100) and that covers all their camping for 12 months after purchase. Out of state residents pay more ($225), but there are other discounts for people who are disabled and veterans.

I called to clarify some of the details on this because it seemed too good to be true, but it is. So the Annual Camping Permit covers both primitive and developed sites at no extra charge.  “Developed” sites mean those with picnic table, fire ring/grill and trash can.

Sites with hookups (water and electric) are an additional $4.00/night.  Sites with full hookups (water, electric and sewer) are an additional $8.00/night.

When paying camping fees, whether you use the passes or not, no charges are added for day use fees and also note that no taxes are paid on camping rates.

I’d love to hear from you about your New Mexico favorites in Comments below!

New Mexico state flower

Links to More New Mexico Info:

General Attractions & Info Parks & Campgrounds
New Mexico.org
New Mexico Outdoors
Albuquerque Balloon Fest
New Mexico Camping & Hiking
New Mexico State Parks
New Mexico National Parks

 

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  • Susan Dennis

    I love the area around Ruidoso, Alto and Cloudcroft. The mountain areas are beautiful. There’s a reason they call it “bear country” in that they’re often seen. In 2013, when we were at Bonito Hollow RV Park in Alto, a bear knocked over a grill at a campsite right beside us. I turned on the RV headlights and there he was, sniffing around the grill.

    • Hey Susan, how exciting that must have been! At this point, City of Rocks State Park is my only planned stop in NM as I’m on my way back to Sedona and then on to Oregon. But you know how it is – I shall return! 🙂

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