Beach camping near Santa Fe

Get wild in Santa Fe’s grasslands, high mountain forests, and juniper woodlands.

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Rio Grande Camp

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Embudo, NM
Enjoy river side parking with amenities. This is an epic swimming and fishing spot with gorgeous views. Catch and release fishing only please. Four local wineries, and a brewery all within 5 miles. 110v and 240v power with level 2 ccs EV charger available upon request. Drinking water spigot on site. There are no bathrooms or trash facilities here, you’re responsible for your waste. Rio Grande Camp does not support large recreational vehicles. The parking area can accommodate large vans, full size trucks and small to medium size trailers.
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Viento Del Rio RV River Campsite

1 site · RV25 acres · Abiquiu, NM
Private Riverfront RV Glamping Site in Abiquiu, NM We’re excited to invite you to share our gorgeous property and make memories as you explore the Land of Enchantment. Experience the natural beauty that inspired American legend Georgia O’Keeffe during your Abiquiu retreat along our riverfront. Located on 25 acres along with our home and casita. Plenty of space to roam and gorgous hiking and activites close by. Well behaved, non aggressive, no excessive barking pet welcome. (We have a sweet Golden Doodle) Bring your own RV motorhome, bumper pull trailer up to 30ft OR up to 35ft Fifth-Wheel (The airsteam trailer in the picture is 27ft) Water and electrticity hookups. Outside you will find a flagstone patio, picnic table, firepit, and adirondack chairs. NOTE: There is no longer a sunshade! Guest access Located off a private driveway offering plenty of privacy and seclusion within our gated property, Your hosts Jeff and Tami along with Golden Doodle Lola, Horses... Laramie, Rose and Poppy
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Beach camping near Santa Fe guide

Overview

New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe, has no shortage of selling points. It’s the highest-elevation state capital in the US, boasts some of the purest air in the world, and enjoys 320-plus days of sunshine per year. The city is a treasure trove of history and culture, but we think the opportunities for nearby adventure are even more appealing. Santa Fe houses hundreds of miles of trails, nearby lakes and rivers, countless campsites, and millions of acres of undisturbed parks and nature reserves. Hikers, paddlers, and anyone who loves getting into nature all owe themselves a visit to the scenic region.

Where to go

Santa Fe National Forest

Santa Fe National Forest spans a whopping 1.6 million acres of densely forested hills, ancient volcanic rock formations, dramatic gorges and valleys, and some of the wildest territory in the U.S. today. The park offers year-round hiking across its dozens of trails, each of which takes you on a different route through the forest’s changing elevations. Other activities include bicycling, fishing, hunting, boating, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Afterward, campers are a stone’s throw from a variety of tent camping sites near Santa Fe National Forest, as well as some great Santa Fe RV sites with full hookups onsite.

Carson National Forest

Amazingly, Santa Fe is flanked by not one but two massive national forests. Carson National Forest is almost as large as Santa Fe National Forest, offering 1.5 million acres of mountain ranges, shrubland foothills, high desert mesas, and, of course, dense forests of juniper and conifer trees. Area activities include biking and hiking trails at all difficulty levels, rivers to paddle down, vistas and viewpoints of Santa Fe’s terrain (any of which would make a great picnic area), and even opportunities for more unique pastimes like horseback riding and off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding. Camping areas abound near Carson National Forest, including sites with amenities like picnic tables, restrooms, grills, and fire rings.

Rio Grande Valley

Though the Rio Grande River is shared by several states and with Mexico, one of its most impressive stretches lies within New Mexico, just a short drive from Santa Fe. The Rio Grande Valley is made up of arid and desert lands, with grasses and shrubs offering a home to diverse wildlife species all along the powerful waters—the banks offer a chance to spot bighorn sheep, river otters, and more as you hike through the valley and its rugged, rocky trails. At the end of the day, Rio Grande campers are conveniently close to campgrounds with fishing spots, luxury glamping sites, beach sites, and even treehouse rentals.

Sandia Mountains

One of the most popular destinations in New Mexico, the Sandia Mountains are characterized by the many distinctive biomes depending on elevation, each home to dozens of day hiking trails. The mountainous trails offer vistas and viewpoints of the stunning Cibola National Forest along the way, and most end up at one of the range’s summits, providing panoramic views of the entire region. Snag tent sites at campgrounds near the Sandia Mountains.

When to go

Despite being in an arid desert climate, Santa Fe experiences four distinct seasons each year, from hot, dry summers (average high of 86°F in July) to chilly winters (average high of 42°F in January), with mild spring and fall seasons in between. For campers interested in hiking Santa Fe’s many parks and trails, the warmer months tend to be the best time, although crowds may be larger at smaller, popular locations. For those visiting in the height of summer, be aware of shade and water when doing longer hikes and activities. To avoid heat stroke and dehydration, pack excess water, wear appropriate clothing to prevent sunstroke, and use sunscreen.

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