For the last 6 months I have been traveling in the New Mexico State Parks. It is a wonderful experience at an affordable price (out of state is $225 for 1 year). Once you pay the $225 you do not pay one penny more for two weeks of camping at any State Park. For a year that translates to $18.75/month. If you need electricity you will need to make reservations (extra costs are electricity $4/night, reservation also costs something) . It seems that people are getting used to the comforts of home and drive around in huge rigs, towing a car, and need electricity for their microwave. That leaves the non electric sites pretty empty and the electric sites full.
The State Parks each have something of interest … birds, history, hikes, water sports. In winter there are warm parks. In summer cool ones.
It still helps to:
- arrive at park on a Monday or Tuesday
- drive around looking and ask the camp host or ranger for the primo non electric site
- check out where the bathrooms are (you may want to be close or far)
- ask other non-electric campers about your next campground
- Be very aware of holidays, especially in summer.
- July 4th may require a reservation, even without electricity
- Christmas was surprisingly busy
This is a good example of a great non-electric site. The electric sites were all crowded together with no view. We are lucky.
A great shelter and indescribable sunsets.
There hasn’t been a bad camping spot, yet. And the luxury of bathrooms and water and showers are a great incentive to try the NM State Parks.