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Raven's Nest On Route 66

2 sites · RVs4 acres · Church Rock, NM
A beautiful location located within Cibola National Forest boundaries (Mt. Taylor Ranger District West). Direct access to Six Mile Canyon and Mc Gaffey Lake via improved forest road. We are seasoned camping travelers and enjoy meeting other travelers on their journeys.Learn more about this land:18 miles East of Gallup, NM. Exit 39 on I-40, Jamestown, NM.GPS coordinates: N 35.46445  W 108.44220Beautiful red rock views on the Continental Divide. An amazing vibe delivered by The Land Of Enchantment. Peaceful, yet still connected to the pulse of the old Route 66. This campsite is in a second RV driveway next to our home.
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Victoria & Harry's get away.

4 sites · RVs, Tents158 acres · Prewitt, NM
We are a retired couple who had lived high in the Colorado Rockies for the last 50 years. We camped at this property several summers ago. We immediately fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness. Native Americans inhabited this area over thousand years ago as evidenced by the Petrogylphs around the ranch. We feel honored to have the opportunity to preserve and share this ancient art. We had the opportunity to purchase the ranch from a lady who had an animal rescue on the ranch. Come and enjoy the beauty and peace that The Golden Rose Ranch provides. We moved in the summer of 2023 to CT because I could not breathe very well in Leadville at 10,152'. Our son lives in CT so it was a great place for us to spend the "last chapter" of our lives. The name, Golden Rose, comes from the restaurant that we owned in Leadville, Co, through much of the 20th century. Learn more about this land: We warmly welcome you to come and camp on our isolated 160 acre New Mexico ranch and experience peace, tranquility and breathtaking scenic beauty. Whether you're headed here or there on I-40, we're located just 5 miles off of the interstate. After a long days' drive, we offer a peaceful experience. Pitch a tent on one of several designated camping spots (or pick your own) or bring your RV or camper trailer and prepare yourself for amazing radiant sunsets, jaw-dropping night skies, and rejuvenating sunrises. During the day hike the surrounding red cliffs and mesas, view the ancient petroglyphs and find amazing pottery shards scattered throughout the property, or just hang out. Occasionally a herd of elk will venture out. At night you will be serenaded by the neighboring coyotes and resident spotted owls. Feel like exploring off the ranch? Visit the nearby Casamero Pueblo ruins a 1/2 mile down the road, Bluewater Lake State Park or drive to the small post-mining town of Grants and explore the Mining Museum, Bandera Volcano & Ice Cave, El Malpais National Monument and many other nearby interesting sites!
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Flying Horse Retreat

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · El Morro, NM
El Morro is rich with history. Home to the ancient Pueblo Indians, what is now the monument was once their settlement and visited by Conquistador's and explorers during early explorations. It's famous Inscription Rock has over 2000 names carved in sandstone, including one from Conquistador Coronado. Geronimo, and Billy the Kid are said to have frequented the area and even lived in nearby Candy Kitchen. But today, a rich group of homesteader's make up the community. Artisan's, actors, musician's, writers, spiritual healers, organic farmers, and free thinkers inhabit the Valley. The land here hosts retreats and workshops for those wishing to enrich their nighttime dream life. We provide a place for vision quest and have an emphasis on sound healing. Our SolTec Lounge is perfect for stress relief and can help induce lucid dream experiences. Sitting near the top of Oso Ridge at approximately 7700', we have one of the most inspiring views in the area. From our firecircle, El Morro Monument, Los Gigantes, and numerous mesas are in complete view. Learn more about this land: Flying Horse Retreat is a place for spiritual seekers to find vision and renewal through sound healing and retreat. We offer private retreat, sound healing chair sessions, vision quests, and Summer Camp (coming soon), but we are very excited about opening up the land to campers. It is a unique opportunity to experience normally private areas of this sacred land. Our remote and quiet 20 acres of heavily forested mountainside includes deep gorges and rocky terrain, while Ponderosa Pine canopies offer shade from the sometimes intense NM sun. Wildlife is plentiful, though sometimes elusive. Deer, Elk, Fox, Bobcat, Lynx, Wild Turkey, Roadrunners and Coyotes are all regularly seen on the land. El Morro Monument, easily seen from our Firecircle on the opposite end of the Valley, is a world class travel destination. The water tank at the base of it's rock was a relied upon water source during early expeditions. Conquistador Coronado, Lt. Beale and other famed explorers stopped here before traveling further west. Flying Horse Retreat is across El Morro Valley, near the top of Oso Ridge in the Zuni Mountains, and has a panoramic view of the surrounding mesas. You may want to get a closer view of Los Gigantes - amazing sand sculptures carved by the wind and sacred to ancient tribes. We're just a few miles from the Continental Divide and Pie Town is a couple of hours further south. Two art galleries, a Feed Store, a Holistic Food Store, and a gift/coffee shop are right across the highway and next door to the Cafe. Come visit our eclectic community of actors, healers, artisans, writers, organic farmers, and unique thinkers. (We are 50 miles from a town where supplies can be purchased, though the nearby Feed Store has a few camp related supplies and their holistic and organic food selections may surprise you.) You may also want to visit the local Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen. At any one time they are host to 50+ Wolves and Hybrids. Note: The Google Maps indicator is at the gate. There is an additional 3 mile drive up the mountain to my home. (Special pricing for longer stays. Campers can add $25 for a dream chair session, regularly $50.) Projects under way: Outdoor Solar Shower B&B Room nearing completion Note: Sorry, no after dark arrivals.
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High Desert Magic

3 sites · RVs, Tents19 acres · New Mexico 87829, NM
This property was once part of the the Ball ranch the famous mason jar canning company. With expanding views in all directions, abundant wildlife and national forest surrounding, this is the place to be to get away from the rush! Breathe in the fresh air at 7200 feet elevation, visit the contenintal divide and the historic Pie Town which is only 12 miles away. Many exciting places to visit Santa Fe is a 3 hour drive and Silver City is about 2.5 hours away. The Cibola and Gila national forest surround this property. This is a central place to stay yet feels very rural and serene. Learn more about this land: Pitch your tent or park your camper beneath the dark starlit skies in awe inspiring high desert New Mexico.  This is why they call New Mexico the land of enchantment. This property features a fully fenced 19 acres with rolling terrain surround by cedar, juniper and piñon pine trees.  It is approx 3 miles of gravel and dirt roads heading north off of HWY 60 so if riding a bicycle a low vehicle or riding a motorcycle be aware that there are sometimes washboards and during monsoon season roads do get muddy. There is magnificent south facing views where you can see for miles and at night the stars seem to touch the ground. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular with an array of colors that will take a persons breath away. This is a place to unwind from the busy hustle and bustle. You can listen to coyotes howling, owls hooting, and other birds and animals instead of city noise.  We own horses and can even take you on a trail ride.
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Wifflebird Ranch

2 sites · Tents56 acres · Grants, NM
Once part of a large cattle ranch, Wifflebird Ranch is located in the beautiful Zuni mountains of west central New Mexico. These mountains were major hunting grounds for the Zuni, Acoma, and Navajo peoples. It teams with, deer,elk, turkey, bear, mountain lion, lynx, fox, coyotes, and a wide variety of birds including 4 different species of jays, 3 different species of blue birds, tanagers, gross beaks,canaries, humming birds and if you're lucky, a golden eagle. In the 30's these mountains were logged off. There are the remains of old logging camps, railroad tressles and miles of dirt roads scattered throughout the area.Learn more about this land:Secluded high country camping in open ponderosa pine forest adjacent to large tract of national forest, a great place for mountain biking, hiking, or bring your own horse and ride. 20 minutes from El Malpais and El Morro national monuments. For that wilderness experience, sites are 300 yards from parking and 300 yards apart.
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Lobo Canyon Mountain View Camping

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Grants, NM
Discover our prime location nestled near the stunning Mt. Taylor and other picturesque surrounding mountains! The area boasts numerous hiking and ATV trails, providing outdoor enthusiasts with endless opportunities for adventure. Only 12 minutes away, Grants, NM, offers convenient access to a grocery store for your essentials. Our site offers full hook-ups with 30 amps, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. Explore the rich cultural and natural attractions nearby, including El Morro National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, La Ventana Natural Arch, New Mexico Mining Museum, Wolf Sanctuary, and Acoma Sky City. We are close to the Continental Divide Trail also. Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the region, and make the most of your outdoor experiences while enjoying the comfort of our well-equipped site.
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Cubero Goat Farm and Gallery

7 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Cubero, NM
Located in the wild Wild West of Northwest New Mexico. The tribes of Navajo, Zuni, Acoma, Apache all surround this wonderful watering hole. Frequented by traders, outlaws, artists and those who appreciate and enjoy nature. Hawks, Eagles, Owls, Mountain Lions, Bobcats and our other relatives frequent this beautiful piece of heaven as well. Old adobe ruins are located on the property to show old architecture and the civilizations that have been here long before the formation of the United States. The view of the stars are unobstructed and the sunsets and sunrises are breathtaking. Come share this piece of heaven with us.
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El Malpais Big Tubes Area Campsite

158 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Pinehill, NM
Primitive RV, Bus, Camper, Tent, Tipi or Yurt site without hookups surrounded by the West Malpais Wilderness, El Malpais National Monument, Lava Flow and Big Tubes Caving Area. CDT continental divide trail, Acoma/Zuni trail, El Morro National Monument, Cibola National Forest and stop at Bluewater Lake State Park for a swim. See the bats fly out of caves in season and bandera ice cave as well as big skylight cave and big tubes area lava tubes, located in the middle of the chain of crater wilderness study area with 3 craters surrounding the property, overview of the area from Oso Ridge Fire lookout to the north and El Calderon trail to the east and crater Cerro Negro and Cerro Leonidas in the backyard of your campsite
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El Malpais National Monument

313 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Pinehill, NM
El Malpais National Monument Private Camping Area in the West Malpais Wilderness, Chain of Craters Wilderness Study Area close to the Continental Divide Trail, Big Tubes Caving Area, Back Country Byway 42, Lava Falls, Ventana Natural Arch, Ice Caves and Bandera Crater, El Morro National Monument, Cibola National Forest, El Malpais Lava Fields, Zuni Acoma Historic Trail
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Achieve inner peace as you hike and stroll through the sandstone bluffs and lava falls of this stunning national monument. The basic Loop is an easy hike, and you can get a free permit from the Visitors Center to let you go inside the caves. Pull out your phone for spectacular photos at the Sandstone Bluffs Overlook—but hang on tight to it, because the edge has no warning signs, walls, chains or anything to grab hold of. (Parents, take heed!)

Want more serenity? (And a little bit of a challenge?) Head across the Lava Flows. No, there's no actual path, but following the cairns put in place by the rangers is kind of fun. Yes, those are pronghorns checking you out from the nearby meadows. (Fun fact: They're not sheep, goats or antelope, but a mammal unique to this area.)

The caves are fascinating— but you're on your own here (often literally, since this monument isn't a touristy destination). Good shoes are a must, as are a flashlight (head lamp preferably), gloves, and a jacket—You're underground and it's going to get cold.

The rangers here are awesome. They'll do the whole Junior Ranger thing with your kids, and they know the park inside and out. Pick up the excellent maps to figure out what you want to see. If you're short on time, you can hike to the natural arch in a few minutes—but this monument is worth at least half a day to explore remarkable natural beauty of so many types in one location.

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