Top 10 RV Parks Near the Ruidoso, NM Area

Top 5 reasons why it’s a fun place to visit:

  1. Hike the Lincoln National Forest (plenty of trails and waterfalls)
  2. Visit the local wineries
  3. Check out the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
  4. Spend the day at Pillow’s Funtrackers
  5. Enjoy a day at Grindstone Lake

List of top 10 RV Parks in the Ruidoso, NM area:

(Disclaimer: information is a compilation of researched info as published online and does not necessarily reflect the experience or opinion of the author)

The RV parks have been ranked and are listed from “Most Recommended” to “Least Recommended” based on reviews, feedback, amenities, and preference. Cost was not the primary ranking driver. Please note that weekend RV families with children might have different needs than full-time RV “snowbirds”.

1. Along the River RV Park

Along the River RV Park

Address: 127 State Highway 37, Ruidoso, NM 88345
Phone: (575)-336-4444
Hours: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Website: alongtheriverrv.com
Specs
Pricing: $39-42/daily (with $3 extra per day for 50 Amp service), military/first-responder/RV clubs/state and federal employee discounts available, rates are based on 2 people/site
Total RV sites: 44
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes (max 1)
Wi-Fi: Yes

Mountain views, wildlife galore and amazing star sky at night: that about sums up this park. It’s a great getaway for anyone who is ready to kick back and relax in the middle of New Mexico.

Along the River RV Park

What makes this park unique?

This park is truly located along the river, with an old apple orchard and close to a winery. The lots are level and well-spaced out, as well as big-rig friendly. It has a laid-back atmosphere with relaxing attitude and beautiful surroundings. There are sites that are located right on the river (request at time of booking). Note: must arrive at the park before 7 PM.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Shaded spots
  • Campfires (when not in burn ban)
  • Cabins
Drawbacks
  • One-pet-policy (each additional is $3/day extra)
  • $50 cleaning fee MINIMUM for any site left messy (make sure you take pictures of your site prior to leaving)

2. Cool Pines RV Park

Cool Pines RV Park

Address: 2998 US Highway 82, Mayhill, NM 88339
Phone: (281)-620-4329
Email: coolpi[email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: coolpinesrvparknm.com
Specs
Pricing: $40/daily, $210/weekly, $425/monthly (plus electric), rates are based on 4 people/site
Total RV sites: 51
Hookups: partial (30/50 and water) or full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes

Located on about 15 acres, this family-owned RV park is a nice getaway for those visiting the area.

Cool Pines RV Park

What makes this park unique?

Beautiful scenery and nice quiet atmosphere make this park a wonderful place to stay for a few days or even for a while. The owners are pug owners and very friendly hosts. The park has multiple Wi-Fi hotspots, great for telecommuting travelers.

What we like about it
  • Newly renovated Activity Room with a heater and kitchenette
  • 15 beautiful acres at 7200 above sea level
  • Picnic Tables
  • Community Fire Ring
  • Horseshoes
  • Laundry facility
Drawbacks
  • None

3. Deer Springs RV Park

Address: 2112 Rio Penasco Rd, Mayhill, NM 88339
Phone: (575)-687-3464
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: deerspringsrvresort.com
Specs
Pricing: $37/daily
Total RV sites: unknown
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes (limited, good at the office)

Appropriately named, this park has deer visiting the campsite daily! Surrounded by nature, this park is serene and quiet to enjoy the wildlife.

Deer Springs RV Park

What makes this park unique?

This park is veteran-owned and has a friendly family vibe. The sites are well spread out and mature trees provide shade. The park is big-rig friendly with pull-through sites. There is a café nearby that serves excellent food at an affordable price.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Rec room
Drawbacks
  • Outdated Website with little info

4. The Camp at Cloudcroft

Address: 2180 Rio Penasco Rd, Mayhill, NM 88339
Phone: (575)-687-3715
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: thecampatcloudcroft.com
Specs
Pricing: $32/daily
Total RV sites: 55
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

Located right on the river, this park is a great destination for fishing and relaxing by the water.

The Camp at Cloudcroft

What makes this park unique?

This park is located right on the Rio Penasco River, with sites that are level and gravel. The mature trees provide privacy and there are all the amenities to allow for a relaxing longer stay.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Pavilion
  • Family Game Area
  • Clean
  • Quiet
Drawbacks
  • none

5. Apache Campground

Address: Travel east on US82 from Cloudcroft, turn left onto NM244. Approximately 4 miles turn right at the Silver-Saddle-Apache Campground Complex sign (Forest Road 24C).
Phone: (575)-682-2551
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Website: fs.usda.gov
Specs
Pricing: $25/daily, $9 per night for each additional vehicle; Showers $5 (available at nearby Silver Overflow Campground) Water: 5 gallons free. $0.25 per gallon after that Trash: $2.50 per bag per day Firewood (if available):  $6 per bag/bundle

Total RV sites: 25
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes ($5)
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

Managed by the USDA, the Apache Campground is in the Lincoln National Forest and provides wooded boondocking spots for nature enthusiasts. This is a seasonal park.

Apache Campground

What makes this park unique?

The sites are available May through October only on a first-come first-served basis. Mixed conifer/aspen forest sites at 8,900 feet provide southern New Mexico a refreshing respite from summer heat on the desert floor. Tents and RVs up to 30 feet in length are permitted. The longest stay is 14 days. This is a dry camping/boondocking site only.

What we like about it
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Fire rings
  • Interpretive trails
Drawbacks
  • No hook-ups

6. Bonito Hollow RV Park and Campground

Address: 221 Hwy 37, Alto, NM 88312
Phone: (575)-336-4325
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: bonitohollow.com
Specs
Pricing: $39+/daily, 10 percent discounts for Good Sam, military, and groups
Total RV sites: 60
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes ($5)
Pets Allowed: Yes (two dogs max)
Wi-Fi: Yes

The park borders Lincoln National Forest and with that, visitors have access to hiking and exploring of woods. It is very quiet and serene at this park.

Bonito Hollow RV Park and Campground

What makes this park unique?

Located on the Bonito River, this park is a quaint getaway surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna of New Mexico. This park is a wonderful place to connect with nature and to allow one’s soul to rest, away from electronics and busyness of life. Many sites are pull-through, and the access road is paved.

What we like about it
  • Pavilion
  • Clean
  • Close to Bonito Lake
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Horseshoes
  • Picnic tables
  • Wi-Fi available at each site (!)
  • Fishing
  • Library
  • Games and DVD rental
  • Campfire ring
  • Cabins
Drawbacks
  • none

7. Boot Hill RV Resort

Address: 1 Dog Ranch Rd, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (575)-439-6224
Hours: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Website: boothillrv.com
Specs
Pricing: not listed
Total RV sites: 50
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: unknown

This park started as a family park inspiration when a family decided to settle in New Mexico due to low cost of living and great weather. They decided to share their joy of travel and adventure with their visitors.

Boot Hill RV Resort

What makes this park unique?

This park has a desert vibe with some mesquite trees sprinkled throughout the park. The sites are good-sized gravel lots with some shade trees. The park is clean, quiet, and friendly. It’s a good place to stay for a longer period.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Exercise room
  • Picnic tables
  • Gift shop
  • Art gallery
  • Storage
  • Book exchange and DVD rental
Drawbacks
  • Minimum stay required (no overnight stays)
  • Newer RVs only (office approval)
  • Minimal shade

8. Alamogordo/White Sands KOA

Address: 412 24th St, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (575)-437-3003
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: koa.com
Specs
Pricing: $41-50/daily, discounts available
Total RV sites: 72
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: Yes (May-Oct only)
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes

According to their Website, “nestled in the Tularosa Basin, this KOA is the perfect location to use as a base camp while exploring the beauty and attractions of southern New Mexico. With RV Sites, Tent Sites and Cabins, this urban campground can accommodate every type of traveling camper.” (Source: Alamogordo, New Mexico Campground | Alamogordo / White Sands KOA Journey)

What makes this park unique?

A large rec room and long, covered outside patio work great for group events. One can take a break from the desert heat in the inviting pool. Another selection of fun activities is to enjoy hiking or sand sledding down the vast gypsum dunes at White Sands National Park, a short 20-mile drive from the campground. One can learn about New Mexico’s role in the U.S. space program through interactive exhibits at the New Mexico Museum of Space History or explore ancient rock drawings at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, just 30 miles north. Or one can take a stroll through the Alameda Park Zoo, established in 1898. Max RV length is 110 ft.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Cable TV
  • Propane
  • Open year-round
Drawbacks
  • Sites too close together

9. Scenic Canyon RV Parks

Address: 98 CR-C-007, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Phone: (252)-412-3011
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Website: cloudcroft-rv.com
Specs
Pricing: $35-40/daily, $225-260/weekly, $450-500/monthly (electric metered separately), lower rate for 30 Amp and higher rate for 50 Amp, rates based on 2 people ($3/person/day extra), 3.5% CC fee if paying with card

Total RV sites: 14
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes (seasonal)

Nestled in the pine forest outside of Cloudcroft, this park is in a canyon in one of the most desirable locations of New Mexico.

Scenic Canyon RV Park

What makes this park unique?

This is a quiet, private, adult-only park with minimal amenities in a beautiful area of New Mexico.

What we like about it
  • Quiet
  • Beautiful nature
Drawbacks
  • Seasonal Wi-Fi (May-Oct)
  • No Cable TV
  • Adult-only (40+), at least one member of the party must be 40 or older, the rest to be 21+

10. Rainbow Lake Cabin and RV Resort

Rainbow Lake Cabin and RV Resort

Address: 806 Carrizo Canyon Road, Ruidoso, NM 88355
Phone: (575)-630-2267
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: rainbowlakecabinandrv.com
Specs
Pricing: $48/daily, $280/weekly, $400-600/monthly (depending on season)

Total RV sites: 49
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

Located among giant Douglas fir, white fir and ponderosa pines, this park has nice level and shaded sites.

Rainbow Lake Cabin and RV Resort

What makes this park unique?

This park has all the luxury amenities of a resort, yet is adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest, as well as super close to Ruidoso’s historic downtown with restaurants and shops. There is something to do for everyone.

What we like about it
  • Picnic areas
  • Cable TV
  • Friendly
Drawbacks
  • Dirty
  • Moldy (feedback on cabins)

TIPS TO GET TO RUIDOSO

Ruidoso is a small town that many might just pass through on their way through New Mexico. However, the area has plenty to offer and is worth visiting and exploring. As one travels from Albuquerque, NM, the I-25 South takes one to US-380 East to Ruidoso. When coming from the East, the US-380 takes one from Lubbock, TX into Ruidoso. When coming from the South or the El Paso, TX area, US-54 North goes to Tularosa, then taking the exit to Ruidoso.

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