The Best of New Mexico Camping

The Land of Enchantment gets its name for good reason: A desert landscape and mountainous terrain create a mystical backdrop for this southwest state. When it comes to camping in New Mexico, there are a number of don't-miss destinations. Here's what you need to know about planning your next New Mexico camping trip.

Camp Along a Scenic byway

Part of the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, the National Scenic Byways program recognizes and preserves selected roads throughout the U.S. In addition to scenic billing, these selections are based on archeological, cultural, historic, natural and recreational qualities.

Eight of these national byways can be found in New Mexico including:

  • Billy the Kid Trail
  • Historic Route 66
  • Santa Fe Trail

Plan your New Mexico camping adventure along one of these scenic routes.

More: 10 Car Camping Tips

Camp Near National Parks and Monuments

With 33 state parks, 46 national historic landmarks and 13 national monuments, it's hard to choose what to see and where to camp in New Mexico. Some of the highlights include:

  • Chaco Canyon National Historical Park
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • White Sands
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings

More: 9 National Parks to Put on Your Radar

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