The best camping near Cibola National Forest

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Cibola National Forest adventure.

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Perry Farms RV Park

15 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Socorro, NM
Perry Farms is the home place of the Perry Family, established in 1980, and provided much open space for the children to grow and play. It is located in the northern edges of the Chihuahuan Desert. Native fauna and flora as well as beautiful blue skies, with millions of stars provide peaceful, quiet moments of nature. Learn more about this land: Desert Camp consists of six RV spots with full hookups (electricity-30 and 50 amp, septic, water, and WIFI) and 11 unimproved tent camping areas on family property of Perry Farms. The land has arroyos, mesas, lots of flat areas to car camp, pitch a tent or sleep on the ground under the beautiful, dark New Mexico skies. There are also a few places to hang a hammock.  To the west, there are miles and miles to hike, mountain bike, or just enjoy the view of the Magdalena Mountains.  Neighbors are quiet and you can choose a spot away from anyone.
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Camp Darkmoon

2 sites · Lodging, Tents2 acres · Madrone, NM
Two acres of sage flatlands. Close to town but even closer to the mountains. Monte Largo Cañon is a short rocky drive away. Perfectly clean air, peaceful atmosphere, and flawless stars at night. Camp Darkmoon is a school of alternative architecture. On site are a handful of earthen structures. Lodging and tent site are available to book.
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Plateau Hame De Colquhoun

5 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Bosque, NM
Our family purchased this land in January of 2020 with living on and building a tiny house. Along the way we plan on setting up a couple campsites and have a few small events.Learn more about this land:Here at Plateau Hame De Colquhoun our goal is to live off our land without leaving much of a carbon footprint. We have opened our land in hopes that others can come be themselves, relax, explore, learn or teach within a safe Environment! Plateau Hame De Colquhoun is reasonably private and you can make your visit your own. Enjoy being yourself amongst the space.. 420 friendly. Located on edge of the Mesa overlooking the Rio Grande with beautiful mountains views, keep in mind this is an ongoing project and much of the land is untamed and in all its natural glory. *Snakes, other wild life included* Like the lives of pioneers before us the amenities are sparse. If you enjoy ruggedness and serene isolation with majestic views of the local mountain ranges, then this is your place to visit.
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Desert Camping with Mountain Views

1 site · RV2 acres · Las Nutrias, NM
Learn more about this land:Our campsite provides amazing sunset & sunrise views of Whiteface Mountain to the east, Bosque Peak to the Northeast and the Sierra Ladrones Wilderness Study Area/Mountains out to the West. Verizon cell phone tower is located near the intersection of Highway 60 and Monrovia Street and provides for full LTE service. The site is located about half a mile off of Highway 60, but tucked far enough away where you will not hear any highway traffic. The closest nearby land occupants are about 2 miles away and more in other directions. Privacy will not be a concern! We are slowly in the works of adding a firepit area and some pet area fencing. The perimeter is marked with green metal stakes with red tops. What is Nearby? Rio Grande River: 5.7 Miles (7 minutes) Walking Sands Reat Area: 16.6 Miles (17 Minutes) Belen: 24 miles (25 minutes) Los Lunas: 37 Miles (37 minutes) Albuquerque: 57 Miles (53 min) Other Nearby Points of Interest: Abo Canyon Alexander Municipal Airport Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Manzano Mountains State Park Rio Salado River Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Corner Points/GPS: 34.416828,-106.709514 34.416801,-106.709020 Elevation: 5,100 ft About Socorro County: Mostly rural, Socorro County sits in the central part of New Mexico and consists of a population of roughly 18,000. While home to very few people, the county does possess many great parks and natural wonders such as the awe inspiring Manazano Mountains and Abo Canyon. Small towns in this county include Escondida, Socorro and Magdalena, meaning a supply run to the nearest Wal-Mart is never too far away.
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High Country Hip Camp

9 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Magdalena, NM
We live on a 5 acre mini ranch right in the Village of Magdalena. Our property looks remote because we are on the edge of the village overlooking the hills and mountains of village land, however we are just a hop skip jump away from the local bar, cafe, gas station, etc. This property is best suited for RVs, car camping, vans, etc. Tent camping is available, but beware of winds. We offer very limited access to amenities, but with some notice we can help with with water hook ups, garbage disposal. We have an extra bathroom in the house available for guests to use for toilet and showers, but require arrangements, as we have dogs and will need to unlock house as needed. Folks are welcome to start a fire at the fire pit and say hello to our animals. We have a donkey named Dolly, a goat named Jake, and mini horse named Amber. We also have 2 horses on site named Cowgirl and Chiquita. Check out our second property on HipCamp, Tumbleweeds Diner!
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Camp Valencia

1 site · RV, Tent20 acres · Belen, NM
Enjoy a secluded property filled with wildlife. Migratory birds fly through. If you are a bird watcher this is a great location. The area attracts predatory birds as well as migratory birds. Bald eagles have been frequantly seen as well as a variety of hawks. The fishing is good the ditch is regularly stocked.Learn more about this land:Enjoy a large private property that butts up to the Rio Grande. This property is near the Whitmore wild life preserve in Valencia County. Kid friendly and dog friendly. A stone's throw away from the Bosque del Apache wildlife preserve. Cranes, other migratory birds and predatory birds frequent the area. The ponds and swamp are unusual for New Mexican landscapes.
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Pristine High Desert Wilderness

10 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · San Antonito, NM
Learn more about this land: Here is a beautiful wide-open 160 acre site in the Socorro High Desert with wonderful scenic views of the Magdalena Mountains to your North and the Colorado River Basin to your South. ⛰🚵‍♀️ Excellent terrain for ATVs and Jeep’s! 🌵🏍 Feel free to bring wood and start a fire. 🔥 Amazing Stargazing Opportunities! 🌌 Perfect for a Peaceful Trip in Nature. 🍄 Plenty of safe space to do whatever you want, just be mindful of the Land and your Neighbors. ⛺️ Brief Directions for Those Without Internet: 1. After you get off the I-25 and onto Hwy 178 (also known as Willow Springs Ranch Road), take it northwest into the desert about 2 miles. You'll soon pass a major four-way intersection in the dirt road and see a house to your right, keep going. 2. Coming up on your left you'll see another structure (labeled Highland Springs Ranch on Google Maps). Pass them too. 3. Shortly after that (about 1 mile past the initial four-way intersection), you'll see a wide dirt road shoot off too the left, pass it. 4. Up ahead, the road splits into Coyote Springs Rd. Just keep to your left and stay on Highland Springs Rd (Hwy 178). 5. After another mile or so you'll see another dirt road shooting off to the left. Pass this road too. 6. Continue up Hwy 178. You'll pass a couple more dirt roads shooting off to your right until you finally reach an offset four-way intersection. So close! Turn left here and continue another 2600ft/0.5mi down this street and voila, you've arrived at the top right corner of my property (on your left). It's huge, so feel free to roam! This road is technically called Sunset Vista, but it won't appear on any maps and there's no signage, so do with that information what you will.
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Stars & Sunsets

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Las Nutrias, NM
Stargazing, sunrises and sunsets from the privacy of your fenced one-acre campsite! o Camp on the "llano" (grassy plain) with endless views towards 10,000 foot mountains. Easy access. o Fenced campsite for you and your pet's comfort. o Watch for wildlife around the campsite including burrowing owls, ground squirrels, bobcats, roadrunners, donkeys (burros) and the occasional wandering cow. o Very quiet yet close to I-25 and Hwy 60 with excellent cell phone reception (Verizon, T-Mobile, possibly others). o The property is located a few miles east of the Rio Grande river with its world-renowned birding (Bernardo, Sevilleta, Bosque del Apache) and wildlife viewing opportunities. o Multiple attractions nearby including Albuquerque, National Monuments and Parks, State Parks, and so on. o Shopping, restaurants and gas nearby in Veguita, Belen and Socorro.
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Scenic Desert Volcano and Stars

3 sites · Tents1 acres · Las Nutrias, NM
Learn more about this land:This is a very excellent spot to camp and enjoy amazing views of the mountains, a nearby magma flow, and watch the stars like they have never been seen before. The surrounding area also provides a very rare nature preserve. Please respect the land and pick up all trash. Location grid is (34.409259, -106.705133).
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Rock Stock

1 site · RV, Tent163 acres · San Antonito, NM
Enjoy a quiet evening on this high desert property. 15 miles to the Bosque del Apache National Refuge and 6 miles to Black Mesa and Rio Grande. 163 acre property available for exploration. Site cleared for dry camping in RV, tents, or just sleep under the stars. Usually a mild climate. 15 miles to Fort Craig.
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Camp Louie

2 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Veguita, NM
Two acres of flat desert land just 10 minutes off of the highway. Well maintained dirt roads for the last two miles, suitable for any vehicle. Surrounded by numerous outdoor activities. Explore New Mexico or kick back and enjoy a quiet off grid experience. Rio Grande River - 10 minutes Elephant Butte- 1.5 hours Sevilleta nation wildlife refuge-30 minutes Bosque del Apache Wilderness and Wildlife Refuge- 1 hour Manzano peak and Manzano State park - 1 hour Lardron peak - 45 minutes Salinas peak- 3 hours Salinas Pueblo missions National monument- 1.5 hours South baldy - 1.5 hours Mount Withington- 2 hours West Blue mountain- 3 hours San Mateo peak -3 hours Cookes peak- 3.5 hours White sands national park-3 hours White sands missile range-3 hours San Andres national wildlife refuge - 4 hours
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Rio Grande Estates, New Mexico..

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Casa Colorada, NM
Enjoy a 1 acre lot along the Mazano Moutain Range, where you can hike the trails. The city of Belen is about 30 miles North, Walmart, Facebook Data Center, Eagle Park, Las Maravillas Community Park, General Nathan Twining Observatory, Skydive New Mexico, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy, Los Lunas Gun Club. Also 30 minutes away are restaurants like Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings an more. Bring your hiking gear, atv, pets and portable toilet will be required. RVs are allowed on the site.
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The best camping near Cibola National Forest guide

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A massive 1.6 million acres, this National Forest is divided into four Ranger Districts: the Sandia, Mountainair, Mt. Taylor, and Magdalena. When you add in the National Grasslands, the recreational opportunities are endless.

Here you’ll find some of the best mountain biking in New Mexico. We’re particularly fond of Otero Canyon and the slickrock of Red Rocks Trail. There’s also the grueling climb to the top of Sandia Peak. It’s 10,000 feet of lung-busting good times.

For those interested in summit views without the all the aerobics, the Sandia Peak Tramway offers a more genteel way to the top. However you get up there, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley. Sunset is the best time to catch those classic New Mexico colors. If the 10,378 foot peak isn’t high enough for you, hot air balloon rides can be booked from Albuquerque.

Of course, there’s tons of hiking too. One of our faves is the Strawberry Canyon hike, a 2.5-mile trek up to McGaffey Lookout Tower and another set of stunning panoramic views.

With most campgrounds not more than an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, you’ll have your pick of the area’s traditional sites, cabins, or lodges. But remember, it’s a desert. Bring good, sturdy boots and lots of water.

Nearby attractions

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is a breathtaking destination offering unforgettable camping experiences beneath starlit skies, thrilling hikes through rugged peaks, and a chance to uncover ancient petroglyphs.

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