Here are links to campgrounds we have spent time at and some of our thoughts.
As we mentioned, we ended up camp hosting in a semi-remote National Forest, the San Juans in southern Colorado, this past summer. It was a ton of hard work, it was amazing in its beauty, and we got pretty good at the whole thing.
We have used this as our home base for landing in TorC for 3 year now. Great park, lots of hiking, big water for a desert, and with the New Mexico camping pass comes out to only $4 a night for an electric and water site.
Three large camp loops along with many boondocking sites, including the beachfront, make this a great choice for both reservation and walk in campers!
Elephant Butte Lake is the largest recreational lake in New Mexico and plenty of people love to swim, boat, fish, and sail here. There is a large crowd that comes from Albuquerque, El Paso, and Las Cruces. There are many campers passing through on their way to winter in Arizona. And there are plenty of people who love the area for a winter retreat.
There are several shower and bathroom buildings located around the grounds - two in camping loops and two closer to the beach. They are older, however, they are mostly clean and have hot-ish water.
We mentioned the New Mexico State Park pass. This is an affordable way to spend time in the state, particularly if you are a full-timer. With the pass, hook up sites with sheltered picnic tables are $4 per night. Entry to the park and first come, first serve rustic sites are free. Campers can stay for up to 14 contiguous day.
Elephant Butte is just minutes from Truth or Consequences, NM where campers can find a camper friendly Wal-Mart, several chain food and local restaurant choices, and a few package good/convenience stores. The historic downtown boasts many hot springs spas with some of the best prices on mineral water soaks we've ever seen.
Come out for a weekend or stay for a full vacation, there's plenty to do and see at the Butte!
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