By Susan Brown
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Being on the open road in New Mexico in an RV is the ultimate road trip. Beautiful landscapes roll by under cobalt skies, dotted with puffy white clouds. It’s mesmerizing. You could drive forever. But no need, there are some great RV parks perfect for a road trip layover. Here are five great ones.
When you’re driving your home around the country, it’s refreshing to find a place to park that feels like, well, home. This 12-acre park has big sites with lots of space, patios and picnic tables. You’re close to shopping areas which makes restocking supplies easy. Amenities include wide sites and good roads, full hook-ups with 30 or 50-amp service, laundry facilities, and free high speed internet. The Mesilla Valley, framed by the Organ Mountains, is about as pretty as New Mexican landscape gets. Old Mesilla Village is just a few miles away—a great place to discover another era.
A river, the Rio Bonito, runs through this lovely park and if you get up early enough you might just catch a fish since it’s stocked regularly. Set in the Lincoln National Forest, the home of Smokey the Bear, this peaceful and scenic campground is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Services include large, convenient sites for 30 by 60 RVs, pull-throughs with water, electric and sewer, campfire rings at every site, a dump station, free Wi-Fi at each site, spots on the river, as well as some with a forest backdrop. Ruidoso is just a short hop away and Bonito Lake is a three-mile jaunt.
If you’re tired of getting your kicks on Route 66 and need a place to park for the night, you’d have to drive for miles to find a better spot. With 100 different sites available, some with full hook-ups for rigs up to 90 feet-long, 50-amp services, water, sewer and cable hook-ups and free Wi-Fi, this is a full-service park. The beauty of the surrounding desert is on full-display, as is the heat in summer—good thing there’s a pool to cool off in. There’s also a gift shop and a barbecue restaurant on the premises that delivers to your site.
Whether you need to stay for a day, week, month, or longer, this cozy park can accom-modate any length of visit. There are more than 150 level pull-through sites with full hook-ups. The sites are spacious, under shaded trees with picnic tables for outdoor eating. After a road-weary day of travel, enjoy a dip in the heated pool or a soak in the hot tub. Two laundry areas, a large recreation hall and free Wi-Fi and cable TV round out the services. There’s even a dog park to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Take a sunrise or sunset stroll around the lake, maybe even drop a fishing line in and see what you snag at this island-like retreat right off I-25. Spend some time here and enjoy the beauty of the Rio Grande and the panoramic desert scenery. There are 50 full-service sites that include water, sewer, 30 and 50-amp electricity, Wi-Fi and Direct TV. Catch up on your laundry at the laundromat. All sites are covered and equipped with private grills. Restock, if necessary, at the full-service convenience store on-site. When you’re relaxed and ready, Albuquerque is just down the road!