New Mexico was made for camping. Whether you prefer to use a tent or an RV, camping is one of the best ways to appreciate our state’s natural beauty – especially the clear night skies. With hundreds of campgrounds throughout the state, it’s hard to find the best ones around.
Let’s look at some of the best camping places in Bangalore to make such memories.
White Sands National Monument
New Mexico lays claim to the largest gypsum dune field in the world, and you can camp amid its stunning alabaster hills. There are no official campgrounds or RV sites within the park. Even in this minimalist landscape – 275 square miles of sparsely vegetated snow-white sands – wildlife abounds. Campers are welcome anywhere along the 2.2-mile Backcountry Loop. The first campsite is three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead; any of them will give you a front-row seat to the park’s spectacular – and highly photogenic – sunsets and sunrises.
Gallo Campground at Chaco Canyon
By day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as a cultural center for the Pueblo people more than 1,000 years ago. You will literally immerse yourself in history. By night, turn your eyes skyward. A designated dark skies park, Chaco’s observatory is one mile from the campground and hosts guided telescope viewings a couple nights a week.
Jemez Falls Campground
Whether you’re tent camping or traveling in an RV, you’ll love the location of this campground, a short walk from Jemez Falls.
Aguirre Springs Campground
Aguirre Spring Campground has the convenience of being close to the state’s second-largest city, yet its location on the east side of the mountains makes the site feel remote. Here the Organs’ stunning panorama of needle-like spires rises just outside your tent. The mountains seem to hug the campground, protecting the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem of yucca, juniper, and sage. It’s some of the best desert camping in the state. Two trails depart from the site: The six-mile Baylor Pass Trail climbs to a saddle with views of the Mesilla Valley, while the four-mile Pine Tree Trail forms a loop at the base of the mountains.
Cosmic Campground, Gila National Forest
The Gila National Forest’s remote setting—far from urban light pollution—makes it a perfect place for stargazing. In January 2016, the International Dark-Sky Association named the Gila’s Cosmic Campground the first Dark Sky Sanctuary in the U.S. Forest Service system. (The association awards the designation only to places with exceptionally starry nights, hoping to protect their scientific, natural, and cultural value.) At this high-desert campground, the number of tent sites—four, with a few more for RVs—corresponds to the number of concrete pads where hobby astronomers can set up their telescopes for unrivaled views of the Milky Way. Even with the naked eye, you can enjoy heavenly views here; the most prominent constellations are nearly lost in a sea of pinprick lights that remind us of our place in the universe. A stargazing party is planned for June 4.
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Although there are eight lakes in this park, close to Roswell, Lea Lake is the biggest. It has 32 campsites with hookups; showers are available as well.
Bandelier National Monument
People have inhabited the area around Bandelier National Monument for more than 11,000 years! Follow in their footsteps with a stay at one of the three campgrounds. If your group consists of fewer than 10 people, head to the Juniper Family Campground – reservations not taken. Sites come with a picnic table and grill and most can accommodate a tent or RV.
McCrystal Creek Campground
McCrystal Creek Campground is pretty rustic but, if you’re looking for a true escape, this 60 site campground in the Valle Vidal section of Carson National Forest may be a good fit. It’s horse-friendly, but you will need to bring your own water.