The best camping near Bandelier National Monument

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Santa Fe Treehouse Camp

58 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents156 acres · Santa Fe, NM
This is a non-smoking, no candle facility. The camp was founded 40 years ago as a summer camp for kids. Now we welcome adults, and other groups to enjoy the vast and wild high desert nature up on this ridge. There are beautiful views and access to Shaggy Peak, the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Wander our land to enjoy various level hiking trails including a 20 minute hike to a creek and waterfall in the forest (some steep spots and creek is intermittent) or climb up Shaggy Peak (seasoned hikers only please). NOTE: We are up 1.3 miles of dirt road and are not near public transportation so you will need your own vehicle! Be aware that the roads can be snowy, icy or muddy and rutted ( 4-wheel or All-trak recommended in certain times of year). We don’t guarantee the road will be plowed.
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Campo San Pedro RV Site

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Sombrillo, NM
Location has easy access from 285 High way.  A 20 minute drive to famous Chimayo Church, 30 minutes from historic Santa Fe and 10 minutes from plenty of restaurants, laundromat mat and grocery stores in charming Española. Learn more about this land:Peaceful, secure location situated in rural residential area, mid-way between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. One mile off highway 84/285.
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Agua de Vida

10 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · NM
This charming land has been in the family since my husband was a young boy. The Indian ruins and artifacts fascinated him then and he is still happy to share this history with whoever shows an interest. With all the improvements made by his father and family through the years, you will also learn to have a love for the history and beauty here on this unique 30-acre treasure. You can explore Native American ruins that were inhabited by some 2,000 people between 700-1100 AD. The grounds are wonderful to walk with a little lake which draws elk, deer, hawks, blue herons, etc. Easy to access just 3 minutes off I-25. We are 5 minutes away from the Pecos Natl Monument and 15 minutes away from the Pecos River with plenty of great fishing spots…Visit Santa Fe (20-minute drive) or Las Vegas (30-minute drive) with dozens of restaurants, museums, art galleries, etc. We look forward to your stay!
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Star Dance High Desert Retreat

9 sites · Tents100 acres · Youngsville, NM
Visit the startling beauty of the plateaus above Lake Abiquiu in northern New Mexico.  Star Dance provides a secluded experience for travelers, artists, fishermen, birdwatchers, stargazers, and more.  Star Dance sits above the upper Rio Chama canyons on 30 acres of trails and undisturbed natural terrain.
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Mesa top camping

1 site · RV, Tent20 acres · Madrid, NM
Set above the historic town of Madrid N.M. is Waldo Mesa. The location of past mining operations and stunning Vista's.
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Sky Mesa Ranch

7 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · NM
10 flat acres Close to all the Abiquiu and Northern New Mexico Activities. A very quiet community tucked about about a mile off highway 554. Currently we are working on utilities. There are no utilities available to you, you will need to be self sufficient. However there are a handful of convenience store south and north of the property. A very safe and beautiful piece of property. Camp at the edge of the Mesa for an unobstructed view of Pedernal.
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Tierra del RavenTree

1 site · RV, Tent18 acres · Placitas, NM
Ultimate peace and privacy. Nestled in juniper-wooded hills with sweeping views. Close to Albuquerque (20 minutes) and Santa Fe (40 minutes) but feels like a secluded retreat. Most people have no problem finding my place by entering my address in their GPS. However, I have had 2 HipCampers report their GPS directed them to a road called Camino de las Brisas or Las Brisas Loop. Turning here will lead you to a steep, dangerous road where it will be very difficult to turn around if you're in an RV and impossible with a trailer. Continue on Camino de Las Huertas to Senda Osa Vieja. It's marked with a street sign, a stone monument with brass plate. There's also a blue "private road" sign with a dragon. This land was purchased in 1956 by my archeologist parents because of the ancient pueblo site (dating from 1000 A.D.) and pit house sites (dating from 800 A.D.) Until the mega drought seriously impacted the land, a stream ran through it year round. Now it is only intermittent. Across the valley from this property, and within view of the campsite, is the site of a Spanish Colonial village, San Jose de las Huertas. It dates from the 1700s and is now owned by the Archeological Conservancy. This area is rich in history both Native American and Spanish. Learn more about this land: Located in the high desert 20 minutes from Albuquerque and 40 minutes from Santa Fe. Views of Sandia mountains, and near historic archeological sites. Within a 10 minute drive are popular mountain biking trails. Petroglyphs are a 20 minute, moderately strenuous hike from property. Very peaceful, quiet and safe. Read all the Rules and Safety info before booking so you understand exactly what facilities are and are not available, particularly if you in an RV or trailer.
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Camp Chima

6 sites · Tents2 acres · Chimayo, NM
Learn more about this land: Pitch your tent and enjoy starry nights and beautiful sunrises and sunsets in historical Chimayo, NM. Located next to the Santa Cruz River. Sleep under the stars with the soothing sound of running water. Enjoy hiking, biking or just hanging out at nearby stream that runs through the camping area. WiFi available.
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The Dove

3 sites · Tents38 acres · NM
Located in the Santa Fe National Forest. A beautiful secure wooded retreat filled with gorgeous landscape of mountains, caves and scenic hikes. World class mountain biking trails and hiking trails on and near property. The trailhead for Cairn Me Up and Jagged Axe Loop and the High Five Zipline is 4.5 miles from The Dove. Seasonal creek and rock formations. 3 very private and quiet tent sites. Cell reception for most carriers and wifi at the shared guest pavilion. Retreat is 30 minutes to the Santa Fe Plaza and all that Santa Fe has to offer. Non-aggresive dogs can be off leash and there are endless trails for hiking them. There are 4 on-site dogs. There is a large pavilion for guest's use. One person privy. Potable water available for filling containers.
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Handy Spot RV Space Rentals

1 site · RV1 acre · Española, NM
Spacious RV Spaces with Stunning Mountain Views. Located in the Heart of the beautiful Espanola Valley. These RV spaces are situated on a 0.34 acre lot with mature landscaping. The spaces are equipped with full hookups and easy access to local amenities. Handy Spot RV Space Rentals is close to many different activities including, three local Casinos (Santa Claran, Ohkay Owingeh, Cities of Gold, and Buffalo Thunder), two beautiful Lakes (Abiquiu Lake, which offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico and Santa Cruz Lake which is located at the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains and offers boating, fishing, and hiking and very close proximity to the Famous Santuario de Chimayo), two awesome golf courses (Black Mesa Golf and Towa Golf Resort), and short drives to Jemez Hot Springs, Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, Ghost Ranch, Taos, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos. Did I mention Handy Spot is also conveniently located to some of the finest restaurants in Northern New Mexico including Rancho De Chimayo Handy Spot offers full hooks ups (electric and water), pet friendly, picnic area and plenty of green trees and shade. Both spaces are back in spaces and can accommodate different types of RVs.
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River Sanctuary by Ojo Hot Springs

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · La Madera, NM
Learn more about this land: Lush high desert river oasis nestled in a fertile valley in the Carson National Forest right between the fiery expanse of Taos and the rolling colorful formations of Abiquiu. Peaceful and private 3 acres right by the river at the edge of a little quaint town called La Madera (145 people, no shops)- just 6 miles to the healing mineral Hot Springs of Ojo Caliente, a place of emergence or rebirth as known to the local Natives. Right by the river, held by a ridge (that makes for amazing sunset hikes), I have a 16ft Yurt Canvas set up with furnishings (desk, couch, wash stand) and a wooden Queen Bed with down bedding. This site can only be reached by foot across the river via stumps- a car can be parked near by.. approx. 50ft.  I also have a Vintage Camper that can be heated, has a kitchen, electricity and plenty of outdoor furniture with a fire pit and serene mountain views. As well as a monastic and very grounding Ensuite Bedroom, or a simple campsite if you want to bring your own camper or tent. All facilities have access to a guest bathroom inside the main house. I offer dog sitting while you soak at Ojo, healing modalities that you'll find in the Extras section, and my dear neighbor Jackie takes appointments for massages with homemade essential oils. +++ 6 miles to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. There you will find the best restaurant in the area, with locally/organically farmed produce. Very yummy!  The land is naturally and beautifully wild- it is not a manicured campsite. The dirt rd down to the property is best suited for higher clearance vehicles, but is manageable for city cars.  Waterhole, Waterfall and climbing sites near by, as well as Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Taos Gorge are 30 mins drive away.  *No cell service in the greater area. WiFi reaches around the house/deck and allows for WiFi Calling: that’s a setting in your phone that enables phone calls & texts beside usual internet access.
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Elk Ridge Ranch

1 site · RV7 acres · Placitas, NM
Park your RV up to 40 foot overlooking a beautiful pond and endless Mountain Views. Enjoy our Bison and Elk roaming near your campsite, you can even feed them apples out of your hand! You can swim in the crystal clear pond and enjoy the endless stars at night. We have 50 amp service and sewer hookup. Pets are welcome if well behaved and leashed because of the resident animals. Only 45 minutes to Santa Fe and 20 minutes to Albuquerque. Explore the great Southwest attractions: Tent Rocks, Bandolier National Monument, Chaco Canyon, Coronado Monument, and Sandia Tramway. Excellent hiking and biking area. Less than an hour to Santa Fe Ski area and 2 hours to Taos Mountain.
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The best camping near Bandelier National Monument guide

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Hipcampers interested in Native American history should definitely schedule a trip through this expansive park. Ancient caves and cliff dwellings abound in this one-time home of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The Ancestral Pueblo ruins date back to 1150, but they weren't the first people here. There's evidence humans lived here as many as 11,000 years ago!

As such, there are multiple trails that take you directly past or through archeological sites. The fairly flat, short Tyuonyi Overlook Trail is a good choice for beginning hikers. Looking for more of a physical challenge? Try the Frijolito Loop Trail. This demanding hike takes you close to the unexcavated Frijolito Pueblo site.

If you're looking to bag a peak, set your sights on the Cerro Grande Route. This one isn't for the faint of foot, though. Cerro Grande Peak's the park's highest point at 10,200 feet, and the terrain can be unforgiving. Bring water and good gear if you want to conquer this one!

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book your campsite well in advance to secure your spot amid the park's popular seasons.
  • Check the park's official website for updates on campground availability and reservation windows.
  • Consider visiting during off-peak times for a better chance at snagging a reservation.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Bandelier's campgrounds are fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Bandelier National Monument is during the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and the park's full splendor can be enjoyed. Summer brings heat and crowds, while winter may present challenging conditions with snow and ice.

Know before you go

  • Check current conditions and alerts before your visit for any closures or safety information.
  • Pets are not allowed on trails or in buildings, but are welcome in parking areas and the campground.
  • Accessibility varies across the park; inquire ahead for specific needs.
  • Remember to bring water and sun protection, as the high desert climate can be intense.
  • Respect the cultural significance of the area and stay on designated paths.

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