Campgrounds in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico shares more than just half its name with the country to the south, it shares many cultural similarities as well. It is a large enough state that its terrain varies pretty dramatically from one end to the other - New Mexico is home to both the southern range of the Rocky Mountains as well as the Rio Grande. In one state you can go from beautiful snow-capped mountains to plains and desert, making New Mexico a great place to go camping - there's something for everyone.
One of New Mexico's most popular camping areas is around Pecos - and it's becoming more popular all the time. The Pecos Wilderness offers lots of opportunities for outdoor activities, and the area is especially popular with people who enjoy horseback riding - there are plenty of trails. Another popular area is around Santa Fe, although the city itself sees so many visitors that you may have trouble finding that peace and quiet you're looking for. It's easy to see why it's popular, though, because it's absolutely beautiful. Just book early and you'll at least be assured of a good campsite.
To get away from cities altogether, duck into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (the southernmost range of the Rockies) into the Tres Ritos area. Campgrounds in the area should be easy to spot - just follow the crowds. Yes, even these remote areas are popular and sometimes crowded. To get even further away, try the Las Vegas-Mora area. The "real" Las Vegas (if one can call it that) is in another state altogether, and unlike that neon city this area of New Mexico tends to be rather quiet, especially as compared to some of the more busy areas.
New Mexico's National Parks and National Monuments are scattered about the state, but you're never too far from one. Many of them contain stunning Native American ruins, which are fascinating and picturesque. Here are a few of them:
New Mexico is full of State Parks in addition to the National Parks listed above. You can find out more about them here.