The best camping near Cimarron Canyon State Park

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Enchanted Circle Campground (E<<)

13 sites · RVs, Tents161 acres · Angel Fire, NM
The Enchanted Circle Campground sits on the Avalon Ranch. It is 161 owned acres surrounded by a state trust lease. We are very proud to have been voted #1 Campground in NM 4 years in a row. We have 8 RV/tent sites to choose from. Campfires are permitted, and pets are welcome. Potable water is available as well as a portable toilet. Wi-Fi is available at the office and fishing lake. For cooking, you will have a fire pit, with a small grill. With the grill, you will have tongs, a spatula and a grill brush. A fire extinguisher and a shovel. The property was originally homesteaded in 1893. It was also the first potato farm in NM. It has seven ground-fed springs that run year-round. They converge after filling 4 of our ponds in the marshland where the potatoes were grown. A family of 4 lived in the first dwelling built here, not much larger than a shed. Since that time 2 homes, 1 of which still stands, a barn, a smokehouse, and 4 outbuildings were constructed. There are old wagons and farm equipment from the late 1800s and early 1900's still strewn about the ranch. We are home to Huge herds of Elk, mule deer, turkeys, prairie dogs, eagles, black bears, 9 horses, chickens, pigs, goats, our 3 dogs and 3 cats, and the occasional Mountain Lion. We live here year-round. We love our land and want to share it with others. I am a Veteran and our intent is to eventually have a Veterans Retreat facility here. Not a retreat itself, but rather a location for all of the retreats, nationwide, to be able to utilize, so they can use the funds they have to do what they do best. You are helping to make that possible. We do pride ourselves on minimally impacting our land. We strive to keep it clean and as close to nature as we can. We encourage you to leave it better than you found it, as it is only making it that much better. We encourage you to get out and explore. Trailblaze. Be a pioneer. Go wherever you feel lead. And as always, Veterans, LEOs, and Fire Fighters are always free for one night up to 4 guests.
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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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HarmonyTaos Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Taos, NM
JUNE 9TH: farm concert! The bluegrass band, Arcane Ramblers will be at Harmony farm. Gate opens at 3 pm for picnickers. Music starts at 5 pm. Go to arcaneramblers.bandcamp.com to learn more about this vibrant band. Harmony Taos is a regenerative farm located on approximately 4 acres, just minutes from the town of Taos. We specialize in Permaculture and teaching. Come enjoy the butterflies, raptors, magpies and hummingbirds fluttering throughout the orchards, ponderosas, vegetable gardens, and flowers on our organic community farm. Join us for camping, weekly yoga classes, monthly soup nights, ceremonies, and cultural events throughout the warmer months. June 9th, join us for the Arcane Ramblers, bluegrass music on the lawn. Suggested donation 20-25 dollars. Latest Offerings: I hav decided to open up my intuitive practice to visitors. DM Anastasia if you would like an intuitive reading and clearing. 90 minutes long. We will focus on getting to the underlying beliefs that are holding you back, then clearing them together. RENT THE ENTIRE PROPERTY: DM the host for availability and rates. Pitch your tent at one of our two drive-in mountain view campsites, located on the lush grounds of our regenerative agriculture farm and gardens. Or book the overflow site for larger vehicles and or large parties. Rest and rejuvenate in this quiet haven, nestled below the canyon yet just minutes from town. Sites Uno and Dos has access to a beautifully equipped bathhouse, picnic tables, chairs and an outdoor cold water washing area . Overflow Tres has access to the stunning bathhouse as well. Overflow Tres is more primitive with a dirt base and can accommodate larger vehicles. Coming Soon! Another site!: Glamping canvas tent with bed(s) and linens, wool carpet and stellar views of course. This should be ready for booking by end of April. DM the host if you dont see the booking. We are under construction now for the platform. Pictures to follow by Mid April.😎 Campsite UNO: Uno fits a small trailer and/ or a RV. If you are pulling 20 plus feet or a large RV, book the overflow site Tres to be safe.. You will need to be proficient at backing it into Campsite Uno. This site can accommodate two vehicles. Campsite DOS: It is large enough for a sprinter or smaller camper van. You can pull right in. You will need to back out to depart. Overflow TRES: can accommodate almost any fifth wheel and you can turn around. It is a dirt area and primitive. The walk to the bathhouse is about 200 feet.. If you are traveling with another RV or trailer, you can both fit in. FYI: last .25 mi is level but potholed dirt road. There is power in the bathhouse for charging phones. but there are no dedicated electrical hook ups for RVs. However, you can text the owner if you want to use a converter and access a nearby ( For Sites Uno and Dos) outlet with your extension cord for additional fee of $20.00 per day. IF you have more than a small sack of garbage, TAKE IT WITH YOU. We are a small farm and cannot accommodate everyones accumulated garbage from their travels. EVENTS: Harmony Taos Farm is open in 2024 for day long or weekend events. Weddings, family gatherings, teachers. Yoga. There are a number of options including large 15 person tent with heater. The indoor main room of the main building holds 25-30 for gatherings. There are numerous areas around the farm that lend themselves to ceremony, gathering, etc. Harmony Farm is an excellent wedding venue. There are 4 types of accommodations (hotels, lodges, Inns, rental homes) within 1 mile of the property should you wish to use the site for your wedding and invite guests who require a hotel etc. And of course there are plenty of tent sites available at Harmony. If you rent the entire property, more tent sites can be accommodated than listed here. Harmony host Anastasia can also arrange for catering, flowers, music, party rentals, etc. DM the host with any requests and day use rates. Things to know: This is the hosts homesite and farm. You will be camping near the host's actual home.
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High Desert Camping

1 site · Tent2 acres · Questa, NM
Learn more about this land:At about 8500' elevation on the flanks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, you can explore local NM history and the outdoor beauty of Northern NM from this campsite. Drive east on dirt roads up the mountain and camp in the shade of pinon and juniper. The campsite has a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and an outhouse. Nearby is Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Questa, the Town of Taos, the Rio Grande and a lot of wilderness, national forest, BLM, and national monument land.
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Taos Goji Farm & Eco Lodge

13 sites · Lodging, TentsSan Cristobal, NM
Taos Goji Ecolodge, is an historic property with ten renovated cabins and a 4-acre goji berry farm located on 40 acres of pristine land in San Cristobal, New Mexico. The cabins were built at the beginning of last century, originally for sheep herders. Both Alduous Huxley and D.H. Lawrence lived and wrote in this cabins, and later Elizabeth Kubler Ross and Ram Dass stayed here.
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Crow Camp

2 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Lama, NM
My property is at 8500 feet elevation on the west slope of the Northern Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Faces west with a view of the Rio Grande Gorge Wild River recreation area about 5 miles away. I have 2 rv sites, with one electric hookup, and numerous tent sites with beautiful views or secluded intimate sites. 1 mile below the Lama Foundation spiritual center. Between the Red River Ski area (15miles) and Ski Taos (25 miles). 10 miles from John Dunn bride on the Rio Grande, and Black Rock natural hot springs on the river. And 20 miles to the Town of Taos and Historic Taos pueblo.
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Living Earth Garden Project

1 site · Tent3 acres · Taos, NM
This off grid homestead has 2.91 acres of lush grassland. Hipcampers will enjoy the incredible, unobstructed view of Taos Mountain, and the 360 views of the surrounding foothills. Land is quiet and calm, and only 2 miles from historic Taos Plaza. Owners of land live on property. Off grid means that... Composting toilet system, no modern showers, we have solar shower bags for rinsing off. No power available at site. Hipcampers are welcome to use our shared rustic outdoor kitchen. Property accessible by field road, so privacy is optimal! High clearance and/or 4 wheel drive necessary
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DZ Ranch Camps

4 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Angel Fire, NM
10 wooded acres (my home takes up about an acre, campsites north of driveway) with access to thousands of acres of state land. Perimeter of property has walking trail, private bike trails , lots of space to yourself. There are rocks and trees and slightly varied downhill terrain with aspen groves ponderosa pine and some downed trees. If you need electricity or water, I have hookups near the house. The campsite will be marked but if you want to pitch a tent on another spot please feel free!
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Little Valley Camp

3 sites · Lodging, Tents2 acres · Chamisal, NM
*Prefer to text because of limited cell service*Semi-remote lush valley surrounded by national forest 8000 ft in the ponderosas.We came here in 1989 with intentions to live off the grid and among nature. Raised our kids here in a school bus and cabin. I put up the teepee in the summers and move the kitchen outside. We hold the land with high respect, plant trees, and enjoy the peace of the forest. Some people have stayed here for a night, others for many months. *Hosting through Hip Camp for the first time in the summer of 2021.* Looking forward to welcoming new visitors and working together to create a great experience for everyone. 
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Rio Grande Gorge National Monument

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Embudo, NM
Learn more about this land:We are at the entrance to the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. The Rio Grande River is a quarter mile away. Fishing Hiking Biking Boating Climbing. Historic Taos NM is 15 miles to the North. Santa Fe Nm is 50 miles to the south.
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Big Little Hideaway

3 sites · Lodging5 acres · Taos, NM
We call it Big Little Hideaway and it will take you about 30 seconds upon arriving to discover why. My wife and I had been coming to Taos to ski for years and years and always felt at home, but it was a Summer trip that made us realize how much our souls belong here. My wife envisioned a property with a beautiful gate so that it feels like a courtyard (And she got it!) and after visiting the hot springs we knew this was The Spot!This is perfect if you're looking for a little bit of everything; mountain views, minutes away from hiking, paddle boarding, hot springs, skiing, and endless roads and beauty to explore. We're 15 minutes away from Taos and Arroyo Secco where you can enjoy great food, galleries and shopping, and 30 minutes away from the awesome Taos Ski Valley.Ideal for couples or families of 4 or close friends.
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RidgeWalk Treehouse

1 site · Lodging6 acres · Angel Fire, NM
Come and stay with us for a relaxing weekend, a quiet get-away, or for exciting outdoor adventures. Angel Fire, New Mexico, offers skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and don’t forget the zipline. RidgeWalk is a bed and breakfast. You will have a hot breakfast delivered to you each morning of your stay. You will find a coffee bar with a Keurig coffeemaker stocked with a variety of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate. Cereals, juices, and milk are also available. If you plan to cook while at the Treehouse, you'll find a microwave, electric skillet, crockpot, toaster oven and an outdoor grill.The Treehouse has multiple USB ports throughout as well as a high-speed internet connection. The Treehouse is equipped with a flat-screen television.No matter what you plan to do in Angel Fire, you'll find RidgeWalk Treehouse is a little slice of Heaven!
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The best camping near Cimarron Canyon State Park guide

Overview

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Whether you’re traveling the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, or just want a weekend of exploring, Cimarron Canyon State Park is going to spice up your life! The park sits in the middle of Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area, so you’re sure to see some of the “local flavor” like elk, grouse, and bears. Horseback and hiking trails offer access to the stunning forested canyon where you can explore the area's geology and beautiful scenery. While the Cimmaron River that flows at the canyon floor is sure to satisfy your wildest fly fishing desires. Add some sweetness to the spice of Cimmaron by camping in one of their shady campgrounds. This place will quickly become your go to park for outdoor adventures!

Notable campgrounds

  • Tolby Campground: Shaded by towering pines, Tolby is a favorite for its proximity to hiking trails and the Cimarron River.
  • Ponderosa Campground: Ideal for families, Ponderosa offers spacious sites and easy access to park amenities and fishing spots.
  • Maverick Campground: Secluded and serene, Maverick is perfect for those looking to escape into nature's quietude.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season visits, as sites fill up quickly due to the park's popularity.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations to snag a last-minute reservation.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park's campgrounds are fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Cimarron Canyon State Park is from late spring to early fall when the weather is mild and all park facilities are open. Winter can be harsh, with some areas inaccessible due to snow, making it less ideal for visits.

Know before you go

  • Check the park alerts for any closures or restrictions before your visit.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions and pack accordingly.
  • Accessibility varies across the park; some areas may not be suitable for all visitors.
  • Remember to bring water and supplies, as services are limited within the park.
  • Respect wildlife and practice safe viewing, especially during active seasons.

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