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Best Dispersed Sites Near Santa Fe, NM (36)

    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed

    1.

    Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed

    38 Reviews
    81 Photos
    486 Saves
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Welcome to the Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed camping area in New Mexico. This spot is perfect for those who enjoy a more rugged, no-frills camping experience. It's a large area with plenty of space to set up camp wherever you can get your vehicle. The main roads are in decent shape, but the side roads can be a bit rough, so be prepared for some bumps.

    One of the standout features here is the sheer openness and the beautiful views of the surrounding area. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly stunning, making it a great place for photography or just soaking in the natural beauty. Despite being close to a landfill, you won't notice any smell or garbage, which is a pleasant surprise.

    There are no hookups or running water, so come prepared with your own supplies. The only amenity you'll find is a vault toilet near the entrance. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a campfire under the stars, but you'll need to bring your own firewood.

    Pets are welcome, but keep in mind that not everyone keeps their dogs on a leash, so if you're bringing your furry friend, be prepared for some canine visitors. The area is also popular for activities like hiking and shooting, so it can get a bit noisy at times.

    Overall, if you're looking for a free, spacious, and scenic spot near Santa Fe, this dispersed camping area is a solid choice. Just remember to pack out all your trash and leave the place better than you found it. Enjoy your stay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite

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    Santa Fe BLM Dispersed Campsite

    18 Reviews
    24 Photos
    262 Saves
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Santa Fe BLM is a solid spot for those looking to camp near Santa Fe, NM without spending a dime. This area offers a mix of tent and RV accommodations, making it a versatile choice for different types of campers. The landscape is mostly flat with dirt roads that are accessible for most vehicles, so getting around shouldn't be a hassle.

    One of the standout features here is the sheer amount of space. Even though you might have neighbors, you won't feel crammed in. There's plenty of room to spread out and find a bit of privacy among the trees and bushes. The views are pretty great too, with some stunning sunsets and a clear night sky perfect for stargazing.

    While the campground doesn't offer amenities like drinking water or electric hookups, it does have vault toilets, which are a nice convenience. Fires are allowed, and there are some fire pits already set up, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire. Just remember to bring your own firewood since it's not provided.

    The proximity to Santa Fe is a big plus. It's easy to pop into town if you need supplies or just want to explore. Some campers have mentioned that the roads are in good condition, making the drive to and from the city a breeze.

    Overall, Santa Fe BLM is a great choice if you're looking for a free, spacious camping area with beautiful views and easy access to Santa Fe. Just be prepared for the basics and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping

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    Caja Del Rio Dispersed Camping

    7 Reviews
    21 Photos
    92 Saves
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    The Caja del Rio area is a lower elevation and drier section of the Santa Fe National Forest. This is mainly a Piñon-Juniper dominated vegetation zone with areas of sage and mixed grasses. It is often open for recreational opportunities when the rest of the Forest is snowed over. Watch for seasonal road closures due to wet and very muddy roads. It is another good area for solitude and lesser travelled trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Pajarito Springs (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site

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    Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site

    14 Reviews
    43 Photos
    249 Saves
    Placitas, New Mexico

    Welcome to the Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site, a hidden gem near Albuquerque, NM. This spot is perfect for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it. The area is wide open, offering stunning views, especially at sunset. You might even catch a glimpse of wild horses roaming around, which adds a magical touch to your stay.

    Getting here can be a bit tricky. You'll need to navigate through a residential area and find your way up a winding road. But once you arrive, you'll be rewarded with a vast, open space where you can set up camp pretty much anywhere. Just be mindful of the fragile vegetation and stick to existing paths to help preserve the natural beauty.

    One thing to note: it's windy up here. Almost every visitor mentions it, so come prepared. The wind can be a bit of a challenge, but it also keeps things cool during the day. And trust me, the sunsets are worth it. They're absolutely breathtaking.

    There are no amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water, so you'll need to bring everything you need and pack out all your trash. Fires are allowed, but given the dry conditions, it's best to be cautious and maybe skip the campfire altogether.

    Pets are welcome, but keep them leashed or under voice command. The area is popular with local walkers, and no one wants a surprise encounter with an unleashed dog.

    In short, if you're looking for a peaceful, scenic spot with a touch of wild, this is the place for you. Just come prepared, respect the land, and enjoy the incredible views.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed on 4 - Fenton Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 102 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Forest Road 102 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off FS 542

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    Dispersed Camping off FS 542

    22 Reviews
    39 Photos
    385 Saves
    Tijeras, New Mexico

    Dispersed Camping off FS 542 is a hidden gem nestled in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands in New Mexico. This spot is perfect for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it. The road leading in is pretty rugged, so if you're driving a low-clearance vehicle, take it slow and steady.

    Once you get here, you'll find a peaceful area with plenty of space between sites, offering a good amount of privacy. The place is known for its quiet nights and stunning views, especially under a full moon or the Milky Way. There's no shortage of natural beauty, with trees providing just enough cover to make you feel secluded without being completely isolated.

    Campers have noted that while the area can get busy, especially on weekends, it generally remains quiet and respectful. The lack of amenities means you'll need to come prepared—there are no toilets, showers, or drinking water available. But on the plus side, you can have a campfire, and pets are welcome.

    Cell service is surprisingly good here, thanks to a nearby cell tower, so you can stay connected if needed. The area is also free to camp in, which is always a bonus. Just remember to pack out all your trash and leave no trace.

    If you're looking for a spot to unwind and enjoy some solitude, Dispersed Camping off FS 542 is worth the bumps and scrapes to get there. Just be sure to arrive before dark to navigate the rough road safely.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Cow Creek Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cow Creek Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cow Creek Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cow Creek Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cow Creek Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from American Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from American Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from American Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from American Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from American Springs
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According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular dispersed campground near Santa Fe, NM is Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed with a 4.2-star rating from 38 reviews.

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