Located in the southwestern part of the United States, New Mexico is in the 36th most populous state of America. Its capital city is Santa Fe and is has borders with Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, as well as the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua. Around two million people live in New Mexico and the state is actually the fifth biggest in terms of physical size, covering over 121,000 square miles in total. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.New Mexico RV Parks

New Mexico RV Parks
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With a rich history, more Hispanic and Latino Americans than any other state, and more Native American residents than any other state except Alaska, New Mexico is a culturally rich and diverse location with a lot to offer. It's home to some exciting nationally recognized areas of natural beauty like the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the White Sands National Monument, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and the Bandelier National Monument.

New Mexico is a beautiful state to see and a great place for a road trip or RV vacation, especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts who like to spend lots of time hiking, biking, climbing, and more. If you're visiting New Mexico in a motorhome, read on to learn all about the best campgrounds and RV parks in NM.

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2.Santa Fe Skies RV Park

Santa Fe Skies RV Park
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Santa Fe is the state capital of New Mexico and one of the best locations to visit in the entire state. Located up in the northwestern part of NM, Santa Fe Skies RV Park offers easy access to all of the big landmarks and attractions like the Palace of the Governors, the Canyon Road arts and shopping area, the New Mexico History Museum, the Georgie O'Keeffe Museum, and the Loretto Chapel. This RV park is one of the very best in New Mexico, offering affordable rates and gorgeous views.

The park features nearly 100 individual sites including over 50 pull-thru sites and more than 40 back-in sites. The sites are all fitted out with 20/30/50-amp power and water, with nearly all of them being sewer sites too. Free high-speed wireless internet can be enjoyed all around this New Mexico RV park and the on-site amenities include a walking trail, dump station, clean restrooms, pristine showers, propane suppliers, laundry facilities, and more. This is a pet-friendly RV park too, so you can bring a furry friend along for the ride.

14 Browncastle Ranch, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-473-5946

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3.RV Parks in New Mexico: Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park

RV Parks in New Mexico: Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park
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Home to some great scuba diving and recreation areas like the Blue Hole and Park Lake, as well as some unique attractions like the Route 66 Auto Museum, the little city of Santa Rosa is a nice stop on a road trip of New Mexico, right between Tucumcari and Albuquerque. The Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park is located in this little city, offering pretty views in every direction and a cozy, friendly environment for all guests to enjoy.

This is a very highly rated RV park that has received a lot of positive reviews from past guests. It's a pet-friendly park offering rental cabins, tent sites, full hook-up RV sites. The sites are all big rig friendly and can cater to the biggest RVs around. On-site and local amenities include a western BBQ restaurant, a gift shop, a large swimming pool, and high speed Wi-Fi for all guests. The RV park is also conveniently located for all the big attractions and most popular touristic spots around historic Santa Rosa.

2136 Rte 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435, Phone: 575-472-3126

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4.RV Parks in New Mexico: Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground

RV Parks in New Mexico: Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground
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Out in the Lincoln National Forest, not far from the popular resort village of Ruidoso, sits Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, with trees and wildlife all around, this RV park is a lovely haven from the hustle and bustle of city life and a great place to escape from the daily grind and just relax in a picturesque setting. This is a privately owned RV park that stretches out across 12 acres of land beside the Rio Bonito. It's mere minutes away from all the big attractions and eateries of Ruidoso and just a few miles away from Bonito Lake for fishing and kayaking and all other kinds of outdoor recreation.

In short, Bonito Hollow RV Park & Campground is one of the best RV parks in the state for nature lovers and people who want to spend their days outdoors having fun. The park is equipped with high speed Wi-Fi, friendly staff, pet-friendly facilities, spacious RV sites, clean restrooms, impeccable showers, hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and more. It's also a super spot for doing some wildlife watching and you'll have a great chance of seeing some deer and all kinds of birds in the local area.

221 NM-37, Alto, NM 88312, Phone: 575-336-4325

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More Ideas: Albuquerque Biological Park

The Albuquerque Biological Park is home to the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach in New Mexico. ABQ BioPark attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year and is the top tourist destination in New Mexico. Albuquerque Biological Park began with the Zoo which was established in 1927.

History

The Botanic Gardens and Aquarium were both opened in 1996 and Tingley Beach provides access to the Rio Grande, three fishing ponds and a pond for model boat racing.

Tickets must be purchased for each individual attraction in the ABQ BioPark with combo tickets available during specific dates and hours. Hours for the Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Gardens are 9-5pm daily with the last admissions at 4:30pm. During summer months, the park has extended hours. Closures for holidays and other special events are listed on the ABQ BioPark website. Tingley Beach is open to the public during daylight hours only.

Attractions

Zoo: The 64 acre ABq BioPark Zoo is found right next to the Rio Grande and offers visitors close encounters with exotic and native species. The Zoo first opened in 1927 and includes 13 specialized exhibits, daily activities for kids and families, and plenty of places to shop and dine.

Zoo Exhibits:

· Africa- chimps, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos and more!

· Amphibians- dozens of amphibians from frogs to salamanders and educational exhibits dealing with habitat loss, climate change, exotic pet trade, and fungi.

· Apes- Gorillas, orangutans, chimps, and siamangs.

· Australia- Kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and many other creatures native to the Outback.

· Birds of the Americas- Birds native to North and South America including macaws, conjures and raptors.

· Carnivores- animals such as the big cats like tigers, leopards, and jaguars are found in the Carnivore exhibits, along with bears, and other predatory animals.

· Elephants- The Asian Elephant Herd including a baby born in 2013. ABQ BioPark is one of the only successful elephant breeding facilities in the United States.

· Mexican Grey Wolves- These endangered wolves are native to the Southern US including Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and Mexico.

· Polar Bears- An Arctic habitat featuring polar bears.

· Reptile House- 59 reptile species including snakes, Komodo Dragons, and alligators.

· Seals and Sea Lions- The 350,000-gallon water exhibit is home to California Sea Lions and seals.

The Zoo is also involved in 29 Species Survival Plans and is a leader in conservation for Snow Leopards, Orangutans, White Rhinos, and Elephants.

Botanic Garden: The Botanic Garden at ABQ BioPark is 1.5 miles of beautifully landscaped formal and natural gardens. The Travel Channel cited this garden as one of the top 12 Botanic Gardens in the United States.

Aquarium: The Aquarium is located along the Rio Grande and features aquatic animals from the river and Gulf of Mexico.

Tingley Beach: located minutes from downtown Albuquerque, TIngley Beach is a premier location for fishing, boating, and hiking. Fishing is allowed during all daylight hours in the 3 ponds located at the beach—Central Pond, Catch & Release Ponds, and Children’s Pond. The ponds are stocked with trout and catfish often ensuring that anglers have the ultimate fishing experience. Fisherman over 12 years old must have a valid New Mexico fishing license. Admission to the ponds is free to the public. Visitors can also enjoy:

· Pedal Boat rentals

· Model Boat Pond

· Bird Watching

· Tingley Beach Café

· Picnics

· Hiking with dogs

· Jogging

· Restrooms

· Tingley Beach Café

· Arcade games at Tingley Station

· Picnics

· Outdoor grilling

Special Events

There are many events that take place in the ABQ BioPark including concerts, outdoor performances, discovery days, lectures, seminars, workshops, and festivals. While some events can be looked forward to regularly, there are many events that are planned in advance and offered for a limited time. Visitors can view the calendar of events on the ABQ BioPark Website for more detailed information.

· Tanabata Festival- Japanese festival held in the botanic Gardens.

· River of Lights- Holiday celebration in the park during December featuring New Mexico’s largest light show, crafts, and the Polar Bear Express.

· Aquarium Overnights- Spend the night in the aquarium!

· Moonlight Hikes- an after dark hike in the woods on Tingley Beach.

· Night Walks at the Botanic Garden- guided tour of night blooming plants.

· Twilight Zoo tour- guided tour of the zoo after hours.

· Summer concert series

Educational Opportunities

The ABQ BioPark offers day camps and classes throughout the year at the aquarium, zoo and Botanic Gardens. There are also preschool programs available for the littlest learners and spring break camps offered for grades 2-6.

The BioPark is also frequented by school and community groups for field trips and enrichment. Visitors can learn more about the outreach programs at the BioPark by visiting the website.

903 10th Street SW, Albuquerque NM 87102, Phone: 505-768-2000

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More Ideas: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico seeks to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo Culture and honor the accomplishments of these people as well as their history. The IPCC offers community programs that celebrate the Pueblo Culture and educate visitors on varying aspect of Pueblo life.

History

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was first opened in August of 1976. Under guidance from the Tribal Councils of the 19 Pueblos, an institution had been created to preserve, protect, and educate the community on Pueblo culture and history.

The Center was constructed on land that was deeded to the 19 Pueblos for the Albuquerque Indian School and was modeled after the Pueblo Bonito that is in Chaco Canyon. IPCC also features a plaza for outdoor events, gallery space, auditorium, and a restaurant at this time. The Research Center was established in 1977 and the next year educational programming was being offered at the center through lecture series, University Courses being offered, and the founding of the Research Library.

The Center has since undergone many renovations and expansions, including the addition of a McDonalds and Starbucks to the campus, as well as a Gift Shop, and a new Pueblo House in 2006. The IPCC hosts traditional dances and other events for the community that are educational and fun.

The Museum is open 7 days a week and closed on select holidays. Pueblo Harvest Café and Shumakolowa Native Arts Shop have hours that vary from the museum. Details can be found on the website. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries and all ground floors areas are wheel chair accessible.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum

The museum is where the history, culture and art of the 19 Pueblos Is featured. The permanent collections are comprised of thousands of artifacts including renowned Pueblo pottery, weavings, jewelry, art and photographs. Exhibits rotate to showcase various pieces from the permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits. IPCC also features 20 murals by Native Pueblo artists including Tommy Montoya, Helen Hardin, and Norman Pacheco.

The permanent exhibit at The Indian Pueblo Culture Center Museum is “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story.” This exhibit was opened in 2016 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Center and highlights the accomplishments of the Pueblo people.

Self Guided Tours- The Center is designed for self-guided tours, allowing visitors to explore at their leisure. There are many interactive displays and artifacts to view at the IPCC.

Weekly Walk In Mural Discovery Tours- Every Friday at 1pm, The Mural Discovery Tour is led by a museum docent volunteer and is included in museum general admission. This tour showcases 9 of the 0 murals in the museum collection and paintings by legendary Pueblo artists from the area.

Group Tours- Private tours can be arranged for groups of 15 or more. Groups receive discounted admission and should be reserved at least one week in advance.

Pueblo Harvest Café

This full-service restaurant is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and is known for its New Native American Cuisine that features traditional Pueblo flavors with contemporary styles of cooking. The menu changes seasonally and seeks to promote Native food and make it accessible to the community.

The Café was founded in 1976 and is owned by the 19 Pueblos. The café is decorated in Pueblo art and patrons have the option of dining on the outdoor patio overlooking the Sandia Mountains. There is also live music on the weekends and brunch offered on Sundays.

Shumakolowa Native Arts

This shop features handcrafted Native Pueblo art and other Southwestern Native artists. The shop guarantees every piece of fine art to be authentic and includes a certification process with every piece. Visitors can also shop online.

Special Events

There are many annual and special events that are hosted at the IPCC. A fully detailed events calendar can be found on the IPCC website. Some of the annual events that visitors look forward to every year include:

· Resilience Run Fundraiser

· Native American student Art Show

· American Indian Week: Pueblo Days

· Annual Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Gala Fundraiser

· Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

· Pueblo Film Festival

· Pueblo Shop & Stroll: A Fireside tradition

· Pueblo Gingerbread House Content

Native Dances: Every weekend, year-round, IPCC hosts a traditional Native American Dance from the 19 Pueblos. Plains, Navajo, Apache, and Hopi Dancers also perform at the center. The IPCC is the only cultural institution in the United States with year-round dance programming being offered every weekend.

2401 12th street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, Phone: 505-843-7270

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More Ideas: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is the oldest public museum in the area and features a collection of over one million artifacts that are displayed through permanent and temporary exhibits. Admission is always free at Maxwell Museum.

History

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology was established in 1932 as the first public museum in Albuquerque. First named Museum of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico, the museum received a name change in 1973 when Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell donated the funds to make a large expansion possible. That same year, Maxwell Museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is a comprehensive center for cultural and public education, with two research institutes and a collection of over one million artifacts spanning the world and representing 2.5 million years of human history. The museum is a leader amongst anthropology museums based in Universities and plays a major role in preserving important archaeological sites in New Mexico while striving to enhance the curriculums of public schools in the region.

Maxwell Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm and closed on all major holidays. The museum is fully ADA compliant and accessible for those with mobility and disability issues. Special accommodations can be made for individuals needing assistance with one week notice.

Collections and Exhibits

The one million artifact collection at Maxwell Museum is divided into four distinct collections—Archaeology, Ethnology, Osteology, and the archives. There are extensive artifacts from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands with emphasis on the American Southwest and New Mexico region.

There are many temporary and traveling exhibits throughout the year that reflect current culturally significant events. These exhibits are detailed on the Maxwell Museum website and are subject to change frequently. Many of the exhibits in the collections are also viewable online.

Permanent exhibits include:

Ancestors- This exhibit explores how modern humans came to be and why they are the most successful biologically. Taking visitors on a journey through the evolutionary process, Ancestors studies the past 4 million years of human history and the development of language, tool use, and how homo sapiens developed from the earliest humans—A. africanus.

People of the Southwest- Visitors will learn about the people who lived in the American southwest and the cultural developments in the area over the last 12,000 years. Learn about the first southwestern inhabitants who were descendants of Asian immigrants and look at the prehistoric objects that were part of the Casas Grandes, Rio Grande, Mimbres, and Cibola settlements. This exhibit also reflects the close ties that the people of the Southwest had to the land and environment.

Educational Opportunities

There are many ways to learn more about the Museum and history of the Southwest and humans in addition to self-guided tours of the museum. Many of the educational programs do require registration fees and reservations.

Traveling Trunk Programs- For schools and community groups that cannot visit the Maxwell Museum, trained docents are able to bring the Museum offsite through this program that focuses on Southwestern archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and world cultures.

Check out Kits- These kits are available for educators on a biweekly basis and are available in a variety of themes from agriculture of the southwest, China, weaving, Southwest geology treasure boxes, immigration across the Bering Strait and many more.

Field Trips- Docent lead tours of the museum are great for school and community groups that want to get an in depth understanding of a specific area of human history. Tours require a very small fee and are limited to 30 participants in each group. Most of the tours are recommended for all ages with 3 themes to choose from.

Summer Camps- Each summer the Maxwell Museum offers summer camps for children ages 7-12. Camps are themed and do require registration and fees. Details on camp offerings can be found annually on the museum website.

Museum Studies Program- This specialized program is for students pursuing a degree in museology or related fields. Programs are available to university students who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and seeks to prepare students for careers as museum educators, exhibit curators, and administration. Many University of New Mexico students are employed through assistantships, fellowships, and work study programs at the Maxwell Museum.

Museum Store

The Maxwell Museum store is available online and ships only to United States addresses. The store features carvings, folk art, rugs, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and books that are significant or representative of human anthropology and specifically the southwestern United States.

500 University Ave, NE, Building 11, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131, Phone: 505-277-3700

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