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.
What is “boondocking”? I don’t know that term? Do you have campfires to keep warm on cold days? This has been such a cold winter that I wonder how it’s been camping daily in NM where I imagine it’s been cold too?
Boondocking is the term people use to describe camping on BLM land or in National forests. There are maps and links to help find spots to camp. I do not do fires, even when it’s cold. Various reasons. Some people do fires. NM is warmer than many places … depending on altitude. I had to drop 2,000’ in January when it got down in the teens and it wasn’t fun. I just drove lower down and was very comfortable. Thanks for reading the blog!
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Soo jealous.. I miss the old days of living in my VW and non attachment.. Take care..Miss you sh!tloads..Much love, db/mb..
Slim pickings on albums. Great hikes. Having lots of fun. Wish you were here! Hugs to you both.
The shelters look really sturdy and probably very helpful to keep the wind down. Do they charge quarters to use the showers? Or pay the host?
I just bought a 22′ RV but hope to be off grid most of the time. Looking forward to 4 day weekends i the mountains boondocking.
No charge on the showers. They all have timed push buttons. Sometimes the water is tepid, sometimes hot, sometimes in repair. All but two (that I know of) have showers and drinking water and flush toilets. Next year I will be boondocking and seeing Arizona. This paying-for-camping was an experiment … and really a worthwhile way to see New Mexico.
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Yep, the essentials: bathrooms, water, showers and the pursuit of happiness ! Be well Pickett !
So true Jane!!