The best camping near Cibola National Forest

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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 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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Kabuki Cowboy’s Ranch

3 sites · Tents30 acres · Magdalena, NM
I grew up living in the Midwest, but I was always spending my summers with Dad’s family in the Southwest. My grandfather was a farmer in Española, and my grandmother was brilliant in the kitchen, with everything he grew. In my adulthood, I found I had lost a lot of those memories. Aside from visiting a few close family members now and again, I began to feel detached from the impact this part of the world left on myself. That’s what prompted me to start looking for land in New Mexico. I found Magdalena and felt catapulted back into my childhood. I still feel like a kid when I’m at the ranch, and I can’t wait to see where things go with this rustic time capsule.Learn more about this land:Meander down the Forest Roads, flanking mule deer and jackrabbits, to this private hilltop 30 acre ranch outside historic Magdalena, complete with near 360 degree Mountain Views of the bear range, mt baldy, Drone mountain, and other peaks. The county does a great job of maintaining the dirt roads coming in, and I regularly make the trip into town with a little 2wd crossover. That is, when I get a hankerin for some delicious food at Tumbleweeds. That usually gets me ready to check out the library and boxcar museum for some free WiFi, where I can make a game plan. There’s so much to do in Magdalena, including antiquing, getting some space at the VLA, catching a local art exhibit, or exploring native plants, rocks, and jewelry. Get an early start and catch the farmers market where the local high school sells produce. There’s definitely something special in this lovely pocket of the Old West. Magdalena was once known as the “End of the Line” for cows being herded the long cross country distances required by Cowboy’s of the time. More recently, historic highway 60 connected the country well before Route 66. In more recent years, the Very Large Array has put this part of the world’s night skies on an international pedestal for star gazing.
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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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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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Bomvida Farms

1 site · RV, Tent21 acres · Bosque, NM
Once the largest organic vineyard in New Mexico, Bomvida Farms began in 2020 in what used to be called Sabinal Vineyards. The land has been vacant for over a decade and most of the grapes are dead...buta few are still hanging on. We'll do what we can you save them. Other than that we have hundreds of animals including pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys. In 2021 we have a long list of fruits & vegetables that will be grown where the grapes used to live. Come enjoy all we have to offer while taking in our fantastic views.Learn more about this land:Bomvida is a working farm started summer 2020. For decades this land was part of the largest vineyard in NM until it was abandoned.Come listen to the coyotes howl and the roosters crow as you enjoy EXPANSIVE views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Manzano Mountains.Take a tour of the farm, pet some animals, see what we grow/make in our commercial kitchen, or visit our neighbor (a proper vineyard with a tasting room).Each reservation includes:* 1 Dozen Farm Fresh Eggs 1 Quart Farm Fresh Goat's milk (tastes just like cows milk from the store) 1 Quart Bitchy Betty's Extra Tangy Yogurt Being almost an hour south of Albuquerque it's dark enough on a moonless night to truly enjoy the stars!We have 1 site currently available. Saltbrush (Site 1 on the map) is closer to the animals and Arroyo Vista (Site 2; not yet completed) is on the other side of the arroyo further away from our operations.
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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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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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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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Black Butte Camp

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Las Nutrias, NM
1 acre of New Mexico high desert land with stunning views of Black Butte, Manzano Mountains, and Ladron Peak. Located between the cities of Belen and Socorro. A perfect place to rest in solitude and use as a basecamp for your sightseeing activities nearby. Sevilleta Natural Wildlife Refuge Abo Ruins Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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Sugarloaf Outlook

1 site · RV2 acres · Homestead, NM
Learn more about this land:With a nice view overlooking East Sugarloaf Mtn, and the Cibola National Forest, this is a wonderful and relaxing place to camp out under the stars. The distance between each lot owner is sizable, minimizing light pollution making viewing the night sky much more enchanting!
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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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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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