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NO. 10 RANCH

5 sites · Lodging40 acres · Estancia, NM
This cabin sits on a ranch that's been in this breathtaking valley for generations. There are six other amazing cabins spread throughout the 40 acres. We are only 14 miles from Manzano Mountains and about 31 miles from Salinas Pueblo Missions National Park. This particular cabin was once a pig barn and this ranch was once a fully operational ranch that served its owners and community so well. Wide open fields with grass that sways in the gentle breeze, pinon a cedar trees that provide cover to the deer that graze and bed down across the property and some of the most stunning views come together to create an experience that will stick with you an entire lifetime. 4WD is recommended to reach the cabin safely. We purchased this ranch in the winter of 2021 and are just so grateful for the chance to love and care for it...and share it with YOU! Provided there are not fire bans, enjoy snugging up to a warm campfire.
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Manzano Mountain Retreat

1 site · RV178 acres · Manzano, NM
Hello! Our little adventure on 178 acres called Manzano Mountain Retreat provides 40+ acres of Apple Orchard (33 Varieties), hiking trails, a pond, tons of wildlife, a swimming pool, rock climbing wall, ropes course, restaurant, 16 cabins, 4 RV power hooks ups, an indoor basketball court, and so much more!
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Thunderbird a frame

2 sites · Lodging, Tents320 acres · Mountainair, NM
A small A-frame on the Thunderbird Ranch
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Padilla Ranch and Springs

25 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Tajique, NM
Padilla Ranch is a 375 acre historical ranch that includes the ruins of the Tajique Indian Pueblo which dates back at least to the 1500's. 50 acres will be designated for HIP CAMP. In the Tewa language, Tahiki means"where the grasslands meet the forest." It is one of the oldest pueblos, if not the oldest, pueblos in the United States. The natural feature of Padilla Ranch is it is located on the East slopes of the Manzano Mountain range and contains numerous pinon, junipers, pine and oakbrush trees that provide perfect environment for such wild life as elk and deer. The Tajique Creek runs through the Padilla Ranch & is generally a live stream and includes a dam which furnishes water for the Tajique acequia system (which is a historic irrigation system) . Padilla Ranch also contains numerous hiking trails, horseback riding trails nearby. The Manzano Mountain wildness is located approximately 7 miles west of Padilla Ranch in the Cibola National forest where in the Fall, there is a large maple, oak and aspen forest, which is one of the largest in the country. Spacious Wilderness camping is one of the most attractive features of Padilla Ranch for tent and other forms of outdoor camping.
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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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Mountain View Camping

3 sites · Lodging30 acres · Estancia, NM
Welcome to our 30 acre Ranch where we train horses including wild mustangs. You can schedule a visit with the horses as well as our resident goats and pot belly pig. One of our unique features is that you can bring your horse and keep in our barn while you camp at our campsite in the wilderness. We provide a tie out area for your horse and you can ride at leisure. The camp site has cushy chairs, a fire, propane grill, outdoor shower and bathroom amenities.
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Peace Farm-4/20+Pet friendly!

10 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Moriarty, NM
WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING POWER. WE TRULY APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. Hey hey! Welcome to Peace Farms. My wife,Jay and I, love meeting new people so come say hi! We offer farm tours at the low cost of KINDNESS! We’re 4/20 friendly and can’t wait to meet you! •Upon arrival: You will be greeted by the welcoming committee. The committee contains 7 chickens and a single goat. They’re extremely friendly but don’t let them out of the gate..no matter what they say! •The goat: His name is Gus & he’s a Nigerian dwarf goat! He absolutely loves fruits and crunchy snacks so please feel free to give him a snack. He’s a good boy and will come to his name!! Our place is fully fenced & equipped with security cameras so no need to worry. We’re LEASHED pet friendly-ALL breeds welcome. Yes, even your cat! Please be aware of your surroundings when walking around as you may see our beautiful snakes or loud coyotes! We offer water for every stay-although not drinkable(well water). It’s still great to cook and bathe in. We are 420 friendly but be responsible & respectful. No ashing directly on the ground-we’d like to prevent a fire! Absolutely no butts in the ground-pack in, pack out. NO alcohol allowed outside of your tent/van/camper-there will be no tolerance for disorderly conduct. Please be respectful of our home so we can continue to share our beautiful views with everyone! We are conveniently located between 2 cities with Dollar general’s, gas/grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Although, the house is pretty secluded. Come stargaze or enjoy the sunrise! We have the best! •campers of all sizes are welcome. •tent campers will have the option of camping where they please (you will not be close to large campers) •please clean up after your pets and yourself! No poo or trash please! •please do not open any gates pertaining to the animals. We will kindly ask you to leave. This is for their safety and my sanity! •please keep your fur-baby on a leash and away from the chickens/goats. We don’t want any injuries or incidents! •quiet hours are 10pm- 5am •late arrivals are welcome. We’ll be there to welcome you in! •please do not dump any liquid from your rigs! We will take legal action. This contaminates the well water!
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Sunny Mellow Eco Villa

4 sites · Lodging8 acres · Tijeras, NM
Sunny Mellow Eco Villa is the land with a great history. The QUIET, secret Shangra-La Valley just over the ridge from Route 66 (and I-40) was the camping place for Billy the Kid and his gang! They could quickly saddle up when the posted lookout on the ridge above signaled the passing of the stagecoach! Even more stunning, it was the Tijeras Indian Pueblo Tribe's place of roaming and rest. The land now sports an Organic Vineyard, Orchard and Vegetable Garden that guests my forage from when in bloom. A Large, Clean, Secluded Redwood Yoga Deck, Ping-Pong, Horseshoes, and a Giant Swing Set, along with patios and lounges that are found over the 8 acre land, and all joined by a network of Scenic Pathways and Bridges that connect The Vineyard, The Orchard, The Garden, The Solar Array, The Swing, The Yoga Deck, Ping Pong Terrace, Horse shoe Pit... Perfect Place and Feel The Akashic Records of Where Billy the Kid and his gang camped and the Tijeras Indians Lived! 8 Minutes to Albuquerque. 7 minutes to Cedar Crest, 20 minutes to The Infinite View off the Sandia Crest, 10 minutes to Edgewood. 50 minutes to Santa Fe. Located in THE CENTER of The ZIA of NEW MEXICO! Views of meadows, mountains and the Enchanting New Mexico sky from the Every stopping point on the Eco Villa Trail System. Ride a bike, take a sauna, Read a book... Take a nap. Enjoy the Unique Feel and Romance of the Yoga Yurt, The Awesome Modern Outdoor Kitchen, The delicious KING Bed. Watch 4K TV with 900 download and 35 upload! Enjoy Dining at your Private HipCamp Site! Hike into the Cedro National forest a short walk to the end of the road. If you feel sociable, join in a campfire with the guests at The Chi-Treehouse or Invite guests to the Fire-pit at your own Yoga Yurta! Sit in the Secluded "Starchamber" by day for a sun tan, or by night for moon glow and infinite star gazing. Drive to Sandia Peak, Hike, Ski, Mountain Bike (Even out your back door if you do not want to drive). Albuquerque and The East Mountains has more trails in proximity to a metropolis than an city in the country. Pick sandy, rocky, or meadow, or a forest ascent. Grove at top notch restaurants in ABQ and some local ones just down the street.
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Private Remote Oasis

1 site · Tent1 acre · North Scituate, NM
Situated within a short drive south of Albuquerque and west of Los Lunas, surrounded by the gorgeous Sandia and San Andres Mountain Ranges, the breathtaking daily views of this .25 acre desert oasis campsite will have you never wanting to leave your stay! This is a raw land campsite!
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The Sherwood Escape

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Torreon, NM
Welcome to The Sherwood Escape, located in Sherwood Forest a residential subdivision created in the 1970's and nestled in the foot hills of the breath taking Manzano Mountains. This property boasts privacy as it is in a private subdivision where only land owners are allowed. This particular parcel is 1.36 acres in size. In 2008 the Trigo fire affected the parcel, but since then it has bloomed back beautifully with gamble oak tress and some juniper as well. The entrance of the subdivision is adjacent to the impeccably beautiful, scenic and notorious 4th of July Trail which is great for UTV's and dirt bikes as well as being in short distance of multiple trail heads. At the bottom of the road is the land grant of Torreon, and a few miles in each direction are more land grants and historic Spanish settlements, those being Tajique, Manzano, and Punta de auga. Highway 55 in which these settlements lay is also known as the Scenic Byway for the Salt Mission Trail. Multiple Ruins from the Spanish Salinas Pueblo Missions are within 10-20 mins from the campsite depending on which one is visited. There is Quarai located in Punta de Augua which is about 10 mins from the property, keep going another 10 mins into the also historic town of Mountainair which has a local market, Dollar General, dining locations and other things to see including the historic and haunted Shaffer Hotel. Mountainair is located where Highway 55 and 60 meet, and just a few minutes down highway 60 you will find the next ruin, Abo. Come and camp or bring your r/v to this vacant lot and enjoy what the Manzano Mountains have to offer. *DISCLAIMER* By agreeing to use this campsite anyone and all hereby waive, release and forever discharge Zachary Davis, its affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, employees, staff, volunteers, heirs, executors, administrators, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns from any claims resulting from physical or personal injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, loss or death, and any property damage that may occur caused by fire, theft, vandalism, water or land-related accidents, natural events or any other occurrences or mishaps. We are here of our free will, and entirely at our own risk. We understand that these injuries or outcomes may arise by our own or others’ negligence or conditions on the premises or the conditions or our use of amenities offered at the premises or related to travel to and from the premises. Nonetheless, we assume all related risks, both known and unknown. Zachary Davis is not responsible for errors, omissions, acts or failures of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity. I fully understand that this is a release of liability and I agree to voluntarily give up or waive any right that I otherwise have to bring legal action against Zachary Davis for any personal injury or property damage whatsoever for negligence on the part of Zachary Davis, its agents and employees. This waiver and release of liability shall remain in effect for the duration of my presence at the premises. We further agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Zachary Davis, against any and all claims, suits or actions of any kind whatsoever for liability, damages, compensation or otherwise brought by me or anyone on my behalf, including attorney’s fees and any related costs.
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Desert Yurt

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Madrone, NM
Enjoy the vast openess and beautiful view of the manzano mountains disconnect from the daily hustle, reconnect with nature and feed your soul. Hike the mountains during the day. Set up camp before night fall and take in the night sky with no light pollution around you will be in for a delight. As always leave no trace
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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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The best camping near Manzano Mountains State Park guide

Overview

About

At an elevation of 7,250 feet in the foothills of of the mountains is Manzano Mountain State Park, a quiet, family destination for memory making and loads of adventure. Watch bright blue birds zip through the pines on the nature trail, and you can even enjoy short trails with the little ones who can’t yet handle the big hikes. Bring your camera for awe inspiring views, and when the day is said and done Manzano offers ample, quiet camping for those looking to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Notable campgrounds

  • Developed Campsites - Offering 23 spots nestled amid the pines, perfect for tent and RV campers seeking a classic outdoor experience.
  • E Sites (30 amp) - These 9+ electric sites cater to those looking for a bit more comfort while surrounded by nature's beauty.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your preferred camping dates, as spots fill up quickly in peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, especially close to your desired travel dates.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park is fully booked, to still enjoy the area's natural wonders.

When to go

The best time to visit Manzano Mountains State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for hiking, while winter can be quite cold. Note that the park is closed for the season, so plan your visit accordingly.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Remember to pack water and dress in layers, as the elevation can lead to cooler temperatures.
  • Portable toilets are available, ensuring basic comforts while you're exploring the park.
  • Group shelters are available by reservation only, ideal for larger gatherings or events.
  • Wildlife is abundant, so bring your binoculars and camera for birding and animal spotting.

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