RVing in Northeast New Mexico – Part 1

Summer is here and it is the time to get outside and explore this glorious state! This post is the first of a series that will eventually cover all of New Mexico- north, south, east and west -for the RVing fan. Today I will be sharing with you RV places to check out in the northeast part of the state. But, first let me tell you…

How to Get The Most Out of Your RV Experience- Less is Better
A few years ago, I was a full time RVer and learned a lot about what to take and what not to take.

1) One thing you have to get into your head is you can’t take everything with you! You have to pare down. If you are packrat, you may be in for a rude awakening. If your RV is just a vacation home, you still can’t take everything with you. Besides RVing is about exploring the country. Leave the TV at home. However, bring lots of reading material or pick it up along the way.

2) It is best to buy lightweight dishes. ie; plastic plates, cups or anything plastic. Glass is too easily broken and plastic may help your gas mileage.

3) Always brings lots of flashlights. Small ones and large one and of course, all of the batteries that go with them.

4) Clothes pins and towels to be used as rags. You just never know when either of these items will come in handy.

5) Extension cords or outlet strips. RV’s never seem to have enough outlets, so stock up.

Land of Enchantment

 

NEW MEXICO TRIVIA: The New Mexico’s nickname “The Land of Enchantment” was first noted in the title of a book by Lillian Whiting in 1906. In 1935, the state tourism director designed a brochure using the tag line of ‘The Land of Enchantment.” That same year, New Mexico Magazine started advertising using the slogan.

The Rocky Mountains spans almost the entire west side of the state. If you love hiking, trail riding, kayaking, mineral springs, birding, hot air ballooning, breathtaking landscapes, awesome sunsets and sunrises, art, music and dance as well as the heritage of Indian, Anglo and Hispanic cultures, then you’ll love The Land of Enchantment.

Northeast RV Parks and Campgrounds

The northeast is the place to be right now as the rest of the country and state are heating up!  Here are some of my favorites.  Here is a more complete list.

Angel Fire RV Resort

Welcome to an elevated RV Resort experience in Angel Fire, NM near Taos in the Rocky Mountains offering 102 paved sites, free wifi, a dog park & much more.

Cochita Lake Campground  

Sunset above Cochiti Lake

This lake is kind of in the north middle of the state. There are 80 RV sites available and camp sites.  Great year round access for fishing, boating and swimming.  I love the sunsets over the lake.

Monte Verde RV Park and Campground
Great place to escape the heat or ski the winter snow in Angel Fire. This is your home base for mountain fun!

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. The RV park is under cottonwoods for a private, peaceful setting, however other lodging is also available.  This place is definitely a favorite of mine!  They offer 5 or 6 outdoor pools with different minerals and temperatures for each pool.  The restaurant offers a nice selection of light cuisine as well as a well stocked gift shop for all your soaking needs.  This resort is actually in the middle north but sooo worth checking out!

Eagles Nest Lake State Park

Eagles Nest Lake State Park

Lots of amenities here.  Located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Eagle Nest Lake is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley. This lake is regularly stocked with trout and salmon.

Villanueva State Park

This small park is sandwiched between high sandstone bluffs in the beautiful green valley of the Pecos River.  Easy to moderate hiking trails exist.  I chose the River Walk and the Overlook trail.  Both are enjoyable.  At the top of the overlook, I was able to call a girlfriend and chat for a few minutes!  Many places for RV’s and camping.  Perfect for families.

 Come Vacation in New Mexico.  There are things to do!

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