Megan E.


Santa Fe, NM

Joined July 2018

Just land

Located more in the desert, but an extremely bumpy dirt road can take you further in to other camping areas. Just make sure you have 4-wheel drive. Simple, basic site. Old historical “El Camino de Real” trail runs through the east side of the campground.

On the way to Ski Santa Fe

Beautiful spot for fall camping since the leaves are changing colors and temperatures are cooler. In winter, this area receives snow and can be difficult to get to without a reliable, 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Tent sites have covered awnings and fire pits when open flame is allowed. There are two large yurts tucked away from the main road. Great hiking trails in and around the park.

Simple camping

Great location for free tent camping. Sites are located starting at the trail head and continuing up Big Tesque Trail. Recommend going during the week as it’s very busy on the weekends.

Great visit

Nice campground close to Santa Fe. Very well maintained with a nice hiking trail. Always busy on weekends so make sure to book in advance. There are a few first come, first serve sites.

Not enough time

Stayed at a tent site one night and wish we had planned for two. Beautiful facilities and well-kept sites. Would love to explore all the trails next time. A place to go back to.

Popular spot

Beautiful drive through the Pecos to get to this site. Trail runs from the Pecos, over the mountain and into Santa Fe. We went to the campgrounds in July at the beginning of monsoon season. Lots of flies at the trail head and a very busy creek for fishing.

River Camping

Decent campground with lots of first-come, first serve dispersed camping options along the forest road. Trees are available but can be difficult to hammock camp. Very peaceful location listening to the river all night.

Beautiful Campground

Visited this park in both November & February multiple times. It’s a great place for primitive camping though official tent sites are available. No showers that I am aware of but vaulted toilets are located near tent pads. There are many trails to explore which extend all the way into New Mexico. However, at that point, you will be past park boundaries. One of my favorite areas in the Southwest.

Quiet at 8000’

Tent camped at this location in the middle of September (a week before closing). Very beautiful place to watch the leaves change, trailheads close by and picnic tables at each site. The site didn’t have an actual tent pad but we easily found a spot to pitch a tent. Will definitely be back!

Cool Tipi Glamping

Great location down a maintained dirt road. About 25 minutes from Santa Fe and practically in the National Forest. Property owner was extremely nice and showed us the ins and outs of the tipi and horse trailer which has been flipped into a bathroom and shower. Enjoyed ourselves enough to pay for an extra night.

Nice location...perfect for an overnight

There are two camping areas here, Mesquite Loop & Pecos. Mesquite appeared to be more popular with tent campers which is where we camped. The site had a covered picnic table, fire pit (but burning was prohibited during our visit) and ample space to set up a tent. Lake was within view of the site and a boat ramp was located down the road. Beautiful morning sunrise.

Beautiful exploring

Campgrounds are clean, beautiful and well-kept. RV and tent campers can use designated gravel sites with covered picnic tables. There are eight separate primitive camping areas ranging from 1-5 miles of hiking into the parks trail system. This is a great location to try out backpacking gear. There are multiple water and creek crossings for fishing and cooling off in the summer.

First to Review
Free tent camping

Located on Possum Kingdom Lake, Bug Beach has tent camping (without designated sites), a boat ramp and roped of swimming area. There are a few fire pits, picnic tables and shaded areas to pitch a tent along with restrooms. A general store is located 5-10 minutes down the road for drinking water and food needs. During the summer months this area gets busy but there is plenty of room to pitch a tent.

Beautiful, popular campgrounds on the Frio River

Very popular park for overnight camping and day trips. Full hookups, multiple camping areas, river and trail access, playgrounds for the kids and a on site store. Great place to hike, swim, tube and/or kayak. These sites fill up fast especially during the summer months so be sure to reserve in advance.

A hiker/ trail runner paradise

Located in the hills about 10 miles from Bandera, TX, this campground is the perfect place to disconnect (you won’t get signal anyways) and hike, run or horseback ride through a plethora of trails.

Hookups are available for campers or a 2-3 mile hike can get you to a primitive site. Group sites are available to rent. This area of Texas gets hot so bring plenty of water. Watch for wildlife.

I would recommend checking their  Facebook page if it has recently rained to see the status of the park and trails. Occasionally the park or some trails will close if the risk of damage to the natural area is high.

Simple, quiet park

Park is city run and split into two sections by a highway. Beautiful butterfly and nature garden, kid playground, camping and river access on one side. The other has hiking and biking trails along with camping. Multiple cabins and group camping areas on both sides.

Beautiful State Park

There are RV pads and sites or campers can choose to hike in to a primitive camping location. The hike into Wolf Mountain Trail for camping is about 2 miles with a couple creek crossings. This is a very popular area of the park, lots of people bring their dogs and a vaulted toilet is located close by. Absolutely beautiful place to explore and hike.