Are you planning a camping trip to New Mexico this year? If so, I’d like to suggest a few places that you may want to take into consideration. Each one offers reasonable rates and has features that make it stand out above the rest. Here they are:
Bluewater Lake State Park
Bluewater Lake State Park is located in Prewitt. It features drive-in, sunny, improved and primitive campsites that come equipped with a pad and a picnic table. Some of the sites offer campers a view of the lake as well as access to electricity. The boating and fishing opportunities are superb, especially if you are angling for muskie or trout. There are a series of boat ramps, docks and a picnic area onsite. Nightly fees start at $10 per site.
Bottomless Lake State Park
Bottomless Lake State Park is located in Roswell. It features sunny, drive-in campsites that are outfitted with an open air pavilion, a picnic table and a grill. Some of the sites are also equipped with full hook-ups. The scuba diving opportunities make this park a stand out. Each year the park’s staff hosts a Bottomless Bubble Fest where scuba divers play a competitive round of poker underwater. The fishing, hiking and boating are superlative too. Be on the lookout for the alluring Pecos Diamonds. Nightly fees start at $14 per site.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is located in Eagle Nest. It features primitive, walk-in and drive-in campsites that tend to rent for $10 a night. Some of the sites have lake views and are equipped with a pad, a fire ring and a picnic table. Communal water and vault toilets are available onsite. The park’s best attribute is the insanely good fishing. The lake has copious amounts of Kokanee Salmon, yellow perch and trout. Several docks and boat ramps are available onsite. It is also a wonderful spot for star gazing because the skies are so clear.
City of Rocks State Park
City of Rocks State Park is located in Faywood. It features primitive and improved campsites. What sets the park apart from the rest are the rare rock formations, astronomical observatory and the hiking trails. The observatory is solar powered and the park often hosts special star gazing events. I would highly recommend them. The only downfall is that snakes can be found in the area. Therefore, campers should remain vigilant while hiking and setting up their campsites. Nightly fees start at $8 per site.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Elephant Butte Lake State Park is located in Elephant Butte. It offers drive-in, primitive and improved campsites. Many come equipped with electricity, a pavilion, a grill and a picnic table. If you ask me, the park’s swimming beach, fishing, boating and hiking opportunities are top notch. There are several marinas and boat launches in the area to choose from. I would definitely suggest that hikers make use of the West Lakeshore Trail. The views are stunning. Just be sure to bring plenty of potable water and sunscreen. The UV rays can be brutal at times. Nightly fees start at $8 per site.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation. She has also traveled extensively.
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