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New Mexico’s 18 Best Camping Locations

I don’t know about you, but camping is one of my all-time favorite things to do here in New Mexico. With hundreds of campgrounds throughout the state, it’s hard to find the best ones around. Now that it’s warming up, thousands of New Mexicans will be rolling up their sleeping bags, packing a tent, gathering their fishing poles, because it’s that time of year as well as a tradition for many families throughout New Mexico.With our large focus groups composed this great list of New Mexico’s 18 best camping locations. Although some of you may disagree with this list, as a few of us at I am New Mexico have as well, we assure you that whether you like them or not, they somehow made it to the list, so they must be half way decent.

I don’t know about you, but camping is one of my all-time favorite things to do here in New Mexico. With hundreds of campgrounds throughout the state, it’s hard to find the best ones around. Now that it’s warming up, thousands of New Mexicans will be rolling up their sleeping bags, packing a tent, gathering their fishing poles, because it’s that time of year as well as a tradition for many families throughout New Mexico.With our large focus groups composed this great list of New Mexico’s 18 best camping locations. Although some of you may disagree with this list, as a few of us at I am New Mexico have as well, we assure you that whether you like them or not, they somehow made it to the list, so they must be half way decent.

Considering each location was required to receive more than a handful of votes, we’re happy to announce the best 18 out of the many that qualified.




Please feel free to leave your comments, questions, and concerns about each location on the associated pages. Click the next button to progress through the slides.

New Mexico’s 18 Best Camping Locations

1.) El Porvenir Campground

Entrance to El Povenir Campground - New Mexico's 18 best camping locations

Entrance to El Povenir Campground—Photo: Explore New Mexico

Beautifully situated in a mixed conifer forest next to Beaver Creek near the base of Hermit’s Peak.

Uses: tent and RV camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking.

Facilities: 13 camping units with picnic tables, fire rings/grills, 2 vault toilets, and bear proof trash bins. No utility hookup s,dump stations or showers.

Special Instructions: Users are encouraged to recycle and pack out trash. Please visit the Leave No Trace website for more information about frontcountry and backcountry outdoor ethics www.lnt.com..

At a Glance

Current Conditions:  This site is seasonally closed from January 5- April 10
Area Amenities:  Tent camping ,Camping trailer ,Picnic tables,Toilets ,Drinking water
Fees  $8.00 per vehicle
Permit Info:  Permit Valid for a 24 hour period
Open Season:  May
Usage:  Medium
Best Season:  June
Busiest Season:  Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend
Restrictions: No Horses or Horse Trailers Allowed, No ATV’s Allowed, 3 Cars Per Site Limit, Quiet Hours from 10pm to 7am
Closest Towns: City of Las Vegas
Water:  No water is available after November 15th (approximate date, depending on weather)
Restroom:  Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By:  Forest Service
Information Center: Please keep your dogs on a leash for their own safety, to be courteous to other users, to respect & protect wildlife, and to protect vegetation. In a Developed Recreation Area it is prohibited to bring in or possess an animal, other than a service animal, unless it is crated, caged, or upon a leach not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control. (36 CFR 261.16 (j))

General Information

Directions: 15 miles from Las Vegas on Highway 65 and Forest Road 261.

Recreation Map



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