I’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 right 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“).
I recapped those visits in Albuquerque when I first saw Bandelier National Monument, Jemez Springs and Chaco Culture National Monument. I hope to revisit those sites in the future so I can provide more info and better pictures.
My favorite stay in New Mexico, though, was in February, 2017 at 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.
Gila Cliff Dwellings was my favorite day trip while staying at City of Rocks. Besides the ancient dwellings being absolutely fascinating and that you can go inside the caves and see more what it was like to live there, I overcame a fear by climbing down that ladder! 🙂
Bosque Redondo Memorial was a stop I made before that and I left there totally amazed and impressed that the Apache and Navajo survived as a nation when it seemed like our nation was determined to eliminate them.
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!