Top RV Camping near Lincoln National Forest

Are you planning a trip to Lincoln National Forest with your RV? We've got you covered. Finding a place to camp in New Mexico with your RV has never been easier. Each spot offers quick access to one or more of Lincoln National Forest's most popular destinations.

Best RV Camping Sites Near Lincoln National Forest, NM (78)

    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park

    1.

    Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park

    58 Reviews
    181 Photos
    303 Saves
    Sunspot, New Mexico

    Set against the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features a historic ranch house, quiet camping in the Chihuahuan Desert, and pools of water under the cottonwood trees of Dog Canyon. Springs flow year-round and ferns cling to the sides of mossy rocks. The water in Dog Canyon has attracted people to the area for millennia.

    The park’s namesake, Oliver Milton Lee (1865-1941) was a colorful figure in New Mexico history. In 1893 he settled at the mouth of Dog Canyon and built an extensive house at his ranch headquarters. At its peak, his holdings reached about one million acres. Oliver Lee explored ways of bringing water to the dry Tularosa Basin and was instrumental in establishing the town of Alamogordo. Lee is also credited for using his influence to attract the railroad to the area.

    Oliver Lee’s home at Dog Canyon Ranch has been completely rebuilt from ruins. It is authentically furnished providing visitors with a glimpse of Lee’s life at the ranch. The house is closed for renovations. Please monitor the park events page to find out when tours resume.

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    The campground, just southwest of the mouth of Dog Canyon, is dry and rocky with desert grasses, mesquite, ocotillo, creosote, yucca, and various species of cacti. The sites vary widely in elevation offering privacy and incredible views across the Tularosa Basin.

    Travel Tips:

    Peak season for the park is October through April Park Elevation 4,400 ft We are the closest campground to White Sands National Park (30 min. / 27 miles) The park makes an excellent base for day trips Ruidoso 1.25 hours / 66 miles Three Rivers Petroglyph Site 56 min. / 50 miles Cloudcroft 44 min. / 35 miles There are attractions in Alamogordo less than 30 minutes away Alameda Park Zoo New Mexico Museum of Space History Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine McGinn’s Pistachio Land The nearby Lincoln National Forest offers miles of trails ranging from very easy to very challenging

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $14 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Alamogordo / White Sands KOA

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    Alamogordo / White Sands KOA

    32 Reviews
    70 Photos
    135 Saves
    Alamogordo, New Mexico

    From the KOA website: Nestled in the Tularosa Basin, the Alamogordo / White Sands KOA is a perfect location to set up as your base camp while touring the beauty and attractions of Southern New Mexico! With RV sites, tent sites, and cabins we can accommodate most every type of traveling camper. Mild winters make Alamogordo a wonderful place to escape the cold and snow of northern climates so be sure to ask about winter rates. Escape the desert heat by cooling off in our inviting pool. A large rec room and long covered outside patio work great for group events. Enjoy hiking or disk-sledding down the vast gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument, only a short 15 mile drive from the campground! Learn about New Mexicos role in the US space program through interactive exhibits at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Explore ancient rock drawings at the Three Rivers Petroglyph site, just 30 miles north of the campground! Or, simply unwind while taking a leisurely stroll through the oldest zoo in the Southwest the Alameda Park Zoo established in 1898. Though were located in the southern New Mexico desert, the tall, cool pines of Cloudcroft (8600 feet) and Ruidoso (7000 feet) are within an hours drive of the campground and make great day trips to escape the heat. Your hosts will gladly share other hidden gems in Alamogordo during your stay. Well see you soon!

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping

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    Bluff Springs Dispersed Camping

    14 Reviews
    49 Photos
    332 Saves
    Sunspot, New Mexico

    Partially developed picnic and dispersed camping area nestled next to the waterfalls called Bluff Springs.  A short trail exists just beyond the bridge that will take you up and over the waterfalls as well as another trail (Willie White Spur T112) that follows and old railroad grade to the east.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
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    Cool Pines RV Park

    9 Reviews
    31 Photos
    64 Saves
    Mayhill, New Mexico

    We offer a get-away that is just what you've been looking for -- remote enough to be a welcome break from urban life, but close enough to enjoy any weekend.

    With 15 acres in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains, our RV park is the ideal base of exploration for the many exciting natural treasures in south central New Mexico. Our rustic atmosphere appeals to all who want the "outdoor" experience with the comforts of a full RV hook-up.

    We are open year-round.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Camp @ Cloudcroft  RV Park

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    The Camp @ Cloudcroft RV Park

    10 Reviews
    22 Photos
    126 Saves
    Mayhill, New Mexico

    Welcome to The Camp @ Cloudcroft RV Park, nestled near Mayhill, NM. This spot is a fantastic year-round destination for campers of all types, whether you're in an RV, tent, or looking for a cozy cabin or yurt experience. The campground is perched at about 6,500 feet on the eastern slope of the Sacramento Mountains, offering a serene backdrop with the Rio Penasco River running right through it.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. Many visitors have praised the hosts for their warm hospitality and readiness to assist. The campground is well-equipped with amenities like electric hookups, showers, and a sanitary dump, making it a comfortable stay for everyone. Plus, it's big rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with a larger setup.

    For those who enjoy wildlife, you're in for a treat. The area is frequented by local mule deer and turkeys, and many campers have spotted hummingbirds flitting around. The campground's proximity to a small river adds a soothing soundtrack to your stay, and there's a walking trail alongside it for a leisurely stroll.

    If you're planning to explore the nearby town of Mayhill, keep in mind it's a small place with just a cafe, convenience store, and hotel. So, it's a good idea to bring all your supplies with you. The campground itself sometimes hosts live music during the summer, adding a nice touch to the evenings.

    Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, The Camp @ Cloudcroft offers a peaceful and picturesque setting with all the essentials for a great camping experience.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Dog Canyon

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    Dog Canyon

    12 Reviews
    35 Photos
    131 Saves
    Sunspot, New Mexico

    Dog Canyon in New Mexico is a fantastic spot for those who love a bit of solitude and natural beauty. This dispersed camping area is just a stone's throw from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and about a half-hour drive from White Sands National Park. It's a prime location if you're looking to explore the stunning landscapes of southern New Mexico.

    The area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and wide-open spaces. Visitors have raved about the quiet and privacy, with some mentioning that they barely saw another soul during their stay. The views are nothing short of spectacular, with mountain ranges providing a dramatic backdrop and starry skies that are perfect for stargazing.

    One of the standout features of Dog Canyon is its accessibility. Despite being a dispersed camping area, it's relatively easy to get to, even for those with low-clearance vehicles. However, a few folks have noted that the turn-off from the paved road can be tricky to spot, and the unpaved roads can be a bit rough. High ground clearance is recommended if you want to explore the more remote spots.

    Cell service is surprisingly good for such a remote location, with both T-Mobile and Verizon users reporting decent coverage. This makes it a great spot if you need to stay connected while enjoying the great outdoors.

    Dog Canyon is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just be mindful of the local wildlife, which includes beautiful birds and even some bats at dusk. Fires are allowed, but you'll need to bring your own firewood as there's none available on-site.

    In summary, Dog Canyon offers a serene and scenic escape with easy access to nearby attractions. It's perfect for those who appreciate the quiet beauty of the desert and don't mind a bit of roughing it.

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    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boot Hill RV Resort

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    Boot Hill RV Resort

    10 Reviews
    10 Photos
    20 Saves
    Tularosa, New Mexico

    Welcome to Boot Hill RV Resort, a gem nestled near Alamogordo, NM. This place has got everything you need for a comfortable stay, whether you're in a tent, RV, cabin, or looking for a bit of glamping. The campground is known for its friendly staff and clean facilities, making it a top choice for many visitors.

    One of the standout features here is the proximity to White Sands National Park. It's just a short drive away, so you can easily spend your days exploring the stunning dunes and then return to the comfort of the resort. Some folks have also enjoyed visiting the nearby pistachio farm, which is quite the unique experience.

    The campground itself is well-equipped with amenities like electric and water hookups, showers, and a sanitary dump. There's even a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need. Pets are welcome, and there's a nice dog run area for them to stretch their legs.

    For those who enjoy a good sunset, you're in for a treat. The views here are spectacular, especially in the evenings. And if you're into stargazing, the clear desert skies offer a fantastic opportunity.

    Visitors have praised the level sites and the quiet atmosphere, even though it's conveniently close to the highway. It's a great spot to set up base while you explore the Alamogordo area, including attractions like Cloudcroft Village and various space museums.

    So, if you're looking for a place that's clean, quiet, and packed with amenities, Boot Hill RV Resort is definitely worth considering. Enjoy your stay and happy camping!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddle Campground

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    Saddle Campground

    6 Reviews
    15 Photos
    158 Saves
    Cloudcroft, New Mexico

    Saddle Campground offers 16 single units for tents or RV's. Mixed conifer/aspen forest sites provide southern NM escape from summer heat on the desert floor Tables, fire rings, parking spurs, gray water sumps, toilets, showers, central garbage depository, plus interpretive trails. RVs are limited to a maximum of 30' in length. (Sacramento District Camping Brochure)

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    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $28 / night

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    Midtown Mountain Campground & RV Park

    14 Reviews
    215 Photos
    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

    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Grass Campground

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    Sleepy Grass Campground

    5 Reviews
    18 Photos
    159 Saves
    Cloudcroft, New Mexico

    Sleepy Grass offers a total of 15 units of which 2 are double and 3 are triple units leaving 10 single units. Located just south of the Village of Cloudcroft, this site offers many sites for RV's, tents and campers. RV's limited to >30' in length. (Sacramento District Camping Brochure)

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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