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outdoornate65
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:57 pm    Post subject: Camping Ideas in Northern New Mexico? Reply with quote

I'm looking for ideas for places to camp in northern New Mexico. We usually head to UT in the spring but are looking for someplace to meet a friend from TX part-way. I'm in Denver.

Wish list:

Tent camping (not taking my bus)
5-days in late May, yes, over Memorial day
Three dudes, no kids/spouses/dogs.
Both driving 4-wheel drive rigs
No crowds (asking too much?)
good hiking, biking

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Nate
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa Fe National Forest looks like the obvious choice with the cool town of Santa Fe nearby. Thanks for the reminder. It is closer than Moab and a whole new area for me to explore. Temps in May look like they average in the 70s. Nice
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is plenty of National Forest surrounding Taos. Dispersed camping upto 14 days (free). No crowds, plenty of resources, and the 4x4s will help find a sweet spot.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zoom out from here

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=36.815057,-105.305943&num=1&t=m&z=14

anywhere within 50 mi radius you will be good.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were just there around Thanksgiving. We planned on camping at Wild Rivers National Recreation Area, but missed our turn and I was to lazy to drive all the way back. We found a forest service road(#9 or 493 I can't remember) off 522 that led to some really nice dispersed camping along the Rio Grande.

Manby Hot Springs is close by if you feel like a soak.
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