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Places to Camp near Ruidoso Downs, NM

Searching for the best camping near Ruidoso Downs, NM? Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Ruidoso Downs campgrounds just for you. Find the best campgrounds near Ruidoso Downs, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Ruidoso Downs, NM (116)

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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.

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

    $45 - $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Valley Of Fires Recreation Area
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    Valley Of Fires Recreation Area

    32 Reviews
    217 Photos
    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

    Each camp site features picnic shelter and picnic tables, tent pads (tent camping area), pedestal grills, campfire rings (most sites) as well as a trash can.__ There is a shower house with flush toilets centrally located within the campground, as well as accessible vault toilets and water spigots scattered throughout the area.__Showers are included in your camping fee, or can be used by non-campers for a fee of $6. The on-site dump station charge is included in camping fees * or it can be utilized by non-campers for a $15 fee.__Dump Station open from 7 AM to 7PM. To dump at other times please make arrangements with Camp Host. * One dump allowed per visit. Additional dumps will be charged $15/dump. Please be able to provide proof of payment to Camp Host or other BLM staff to be permitted to utilize dump station. The bookstore and gift shop offers information on the recreation area, wildlife and other nearby activities as well as offering the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of stuffed animals, books and other recreation area keepsakes.

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

    $25 / night

    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

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    Oliver Lee Memorial State Park — Oliver Lee State Park

    56 Reviews
    179 Photos
    298 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.

    Want to Visit?

    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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    • Fires
    • 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
    134 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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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground

    8 Reviews
    37 Photos
    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $40 - $54 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
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    Camper-submitted photo from Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
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    Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

    13 Reviews
    80 Photos
    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

    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 568 - Dispersed Camping
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    Slow Play RV Park

    5 Reviews
    29 Photos
    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
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Creek RV Resort
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    Eagle Creek RV Resort

    4 Reviews
    14 Photos
    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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