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Places to Camp near Capitan, NM

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Best Camping Sites Near Capitan, NM (103)

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    Valley Of Fires Recreation Area

    32 Reviews
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    151 Saves
    Carrizozo, New Mexico

    Overview

    Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States.________ The Bureau of Land Management maintains and manages the Valley of Fires Recreation area, which is located four miles west of Carrizozo, NM, on US Highway 380. Valley of Fires offers both camping and day use. 20 of the campsites have 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups and water hookups, all sites have picnic shelters, tables, trashcans and barbeque grills. Two of the RV sites are accessible, as are the restrooms. Showers are provided in the main restroom/shower house. An RV dump station is also available. Two group shelters are accessible and available for rental. The 3/4 mile Malpais Nature Trail offers a close-up look of the lava surface.

    Recreation

    Valley of Fires Recreation area offers opportunities for RV Camping (both full-service and primitive camp sites), tent camping and day use. The Malpais Nature trail offers a unique experience of getting trail users out into the lava. The trail is paved and accessible. Each campsite and group shelter is equipped with picnic shelter and picnic table(s) for the public's enjoyment.

    Facilities

    Valley of Fires Recreation area offers opportunities for RV Camping (both full-service and primitive camp sites), tent camping and day use. The Malpais Nature trail offers a unique experience of getting trail users out into the lava. The trail is paved and accessible. Each campsite and group shelter is equipped with picnic shelter and picnic table(s) for the public's enjoyment.

    Natural Features

    From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk through the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barbary sheep, and lizards. It's also a virtual birdwatcher's paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows and golden eagles.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Carrizozo Land Partnership__ **The Carrizozo Land Partnership vehicle pass page is temporarily unavailable and the Roswell Field Office is currently unable to issue vehicle passes to cross private lands while collection policies for personal identifiable information are updated. All other open BLM lands remain accessible during this time. For more information please contact the Roswell Field Office at 575-627-0272.** The Carrizozo Land Partnership provides access to recreators wishing to enter public lands managed by the BLM, between the Carrizozo Lava Flow and the White Sands Missile Range which can only be reached by crossing private land. The CLP, a partnership between the BLM, private land owners and ranchers of this area, has arranged for public access to BLM lands in this area by a vehicle pass process. Once on the BLM lands in the area, the public is allowed to hunt, camp, hike, observe wildlife and other appropriate recreational activities. This partnership provides access to many miles of roads and thousands of acres of public lands for recreational enjoyment.__ Terrain is from flat to rolling, with some bluffy/hilly country overlooking the lava flows. High desert plant species inhabit this area, ranging from desert shrubs, multiple varieties of cactus and cedar/juniper trees.____ Other nearby camping/recreation opportunities: Other nearby fee areas include campgrounds in the Lincoln National Forest, and the BLM Rob Jagger's Campground. There are numerous private RV Campgrounds in the area as well.__ Additonal nearby attractions include Capitan, Lincoln, and Ruidoso. Capitan, located 24 miles east of the Valley of Fires on U.S. Highway 380, is known as the birthplace of Smokey Bear, and features a popular visitor center. Lincoln, located 37 miles east on U.S. Highway 380, is famous as the site of the historic Lincoln County Wars as well as the exploits of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Ruidoso is a popular resort town that features a horse racetrack, the Ski Apache skiing resort, and the Inn of the Mountain Gods casino.__ The BLM's Fort Stanton National Conservation Area, located approximately 27 miles east of the Valley of Fires on U.S. Highway 380, has 93 miles of sustainable horseback, mountain biking, and hiking trails that wind through open meadows and canyons. Trails are marked with flexible fiberglass markers with the trail name or an arrow attached to the marker. Cross-country horse and foot travel is allowed. Mountain bikes are strongly encouraged to stay on established trails to protect the rider as well as the landscape. The trails offer great views of the surrounding Sacramento and Capitan Mountains. The majority of the trails start at the Rob Jaggers Campground on NM 220 where you will find excellent camping opportunities, water for your animals, and vault toilets.

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    $25 / night

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    Midtown Mountain Campground & RV Park

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    18 Saves
    Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

    One of the top 5 RV parks in New Mexico according to RV Life Magazine! Over 200, 5-star Google reviews.

    Midtown Mountain Campground & RV Park is located in the beautiful Lincoln National Forest and also offers tent sites and cabins, providing visitors with a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. The campsites are well appointed and offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and forest. There’s convenient access to hiking, mountain biking and fishing and visitors can also explore nearby attractions, including the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, the Hubbard Museum of the American West, and the historic Village of Lincoln. It’s an ideal destination for families and groups with Ruidoso offering a solid selection of restaurants, shops and attractions.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $45 - $70 / night

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    Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground

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    9 Saves
    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    Beautiful park on the Rio Bonito. Come spend one night or longer with us at Bonito Hollow Rv park. Located 15 minutes north of Ruidoso. One of the best parks in Ruidoso area with a wooded environment. We accommodate rigs of all size. We have a large park area for your enjoyment, which includes sand volleyball, horseshoe pits and a dog run. Within seconds to the national forrest.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $40 - $54 / night

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    Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

    13 Reviews
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    24 Saves
    Bent, New Mexico

    The Three Rivers Petroglyphs are outstanding examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art. The basaltic ridge rising above the Three Rivers Valley contains over 21,000 petroglyphs, including masks, sunbursts, wildlife, handprints, and geometric designs. The number and concentration of petroglyphs make this one of the largest and most interesting rock art sites in the Southwest. A rugged 0.5-mile trail begins at the visitor shelter and links many of the most interesting petroglyphs. Another short trail begins on the east side of the picnic area and leads to a partially excavated prehistoric village.

    The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. The number and concentration of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico's northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east. A detailed petroglyph guide is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 / night

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    Slow Play RV Park

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    6 Saves
    Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

    Slow Play RV Park

    142 spacious sites with 30 and 50 amp full hookups. Formerly Circle B. Restroom and laundry facilities on site. General Store, pavilion, paved interior roads

    Hi! We are Scott and Jennifer Allen, your camp hosts and concierges. We are super excited to help you have the best Ruidoso experience in Lincoln County! We are the new owners of the former Circle B RV Park in Ruidoso, NM and we can’t wait to put our twist on one of the biggest and nicest RV parks in town. We have grand ideas for the park to make your vacation the best it can be. We will be in the process of adding a playground for the kiddos, an outdoor movie park, arcade, and plenty of entertainment to help it feel like a Saturday at the park, every day!

    We can’t wait to meet you!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Monjeau Campground

    4 Reviews
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    64 Saves
    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    Monjeau Lookout is a famous landmark on the Smokey Bear Ranger District built originally in 1936 and then reconstructed in 1940 as part of a Civilian Conservation Corps project. This site is a wonderful and adventurous place to visit. Roads leading up to the site are dirt and can be steep in places. Visit during the summer months as the road leading to it closes during the winter with the advent of snow. Monjeau Lookout is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Click Here for a recent article from the "Lookout Network" detailing the entire history of this place.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table
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    Eagle Creek RV Resort

    4 Reviews
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    21 Saves
    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    Eagle Creek RV Resort is a perfect home for touring many of the popular attractions throughout southern New Mexico. Private & nestled on 33 acres we have a variety of sites that range from open to wooded. Once a ski resort the old wheel house & chair lift are still in place and add a unique flair to the forest scenery with hiking trails to the top of the mountain. We have an abundant of birds & wildlife including deer, elk and a herd of horses that are frequent visitors.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $40 - $45 / night

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    Skyline Campground

    4 Reviews
    7 Photos
    95 Saves
    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    The Skyline Campground is located just south of the famous Monjeau Lookout tower along Forest Road 117 at a little over 9,000' elevation. Access to it is via a well kept but steep gravel road but with inclement weather, this road can become rough and difficult to use. There are 17 sites here for tents only. Breathtaking mountain views abound and access to the White Mountain Wilderness can be found at the site via the Crest (T25) Trailhead. No trash service at this site. Please pack out what you pack in.

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    • Group
    • Equestrian
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    Oak Grove Campground

    5 Reviews
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    40 Saves
    Ruidoso, New Mexico

    The campground has 30 campsites with vault toilets, a parking area, fireplaces, tables, and trash cans. Oak forest surroundings are close to mountain vistas of Sierra Blanca.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $6 / night

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