Someone asked for recommendations, figured I post them here as well:
NM State Park are normally very nice & most will have free showers for a very modest price ($10 overnight, $4 for electric & no entrance fees on top of the camping fee, like in TX). Park Finder Map: http://www.emnrd.sta.../FindaPark.html
Brantley Lake SP near Carlsbad & Oliver Lee SP near Alamogordo
Cochiti COE Campground near Santa Fe
Northern NM Sites & Sights (just in case):
San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns & to Tucson
Maybe to cold to use (not open in winter)
Off I-25 between Santa Fe & Las Vegas, Villanueva State Park
. It is off the 25 a bit. Somewhat off the beaten path. However, one can use NM 3 to cut down to the I-40 from Villanueva. We did that one visit.
A really neat place is the Valley of Fires BLM Campground (near Carrizozo) is a first rate campground with electric & water hookups, good dump station and a fine shower house. Not Alpine area. Pics & description can be found:
More to the West, the Silver City & Gila Nat'l Forest Area can be neat places to see & explore. The Gila Area
(Pronounced Hee-La & means 'Spider') Plus a Scattering of Other NM Sites & Sights.
You'd have to figure if having a NM State Park Pass would be cost effective (number of times you would use it, etc. $220 for out of state pass. Covers the $10 a night fee only): Fees NM State Parks
Brantley Lake, Oliver Lee, City of Rocks, Leasburg Dam & Elephant Butte State Parks are all nice, we have stayed at them.
Note: City of Rocks, not many electric, but non-electric are nicer sites, closer to the rock, some among them.
Valley of Fires BLM Campground near Carrizozo is an excellent campground, neat area.
Edited by DesertHawk, 16 December 2014 - 05:24 PM.
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