The desert blooms in the spring, and this is the best time to embark on an RV vacation through the diverse landscapes of New Mexico. You get everything – from majestic mountains towering over the desert to scenic desert drives with abundant wildlife. The wonders never cease!
If you begin your adventure in Albuquerque, you will want to stop as you drive down Interstate 25 at Leasburg Dam State Park, have a picnic or go for a hike, or both! Check out the visitor center with many interesting exhibits. From Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area, take off into the backcountry of the Organ Mountains where you’ll discover history of the most fascinating kind. Explore the Indian rock art and quiet isolated caves.
Hiking enthusiasts love the area around Aguirre Springs, with a couple of trailheads for amazing treks to the Ponderosa Pines at the higher elevations. Choose the Pine Tree Trail, a 4 ½ mile hike on a steep loop, or the 6-mile Baylor Pass Trail, taking you up and up to more than 4800 feet.
The spot you really must put on your itinerary is White Sands National Monument. There is no passing up this amazing natural wonder. Take a sunset stroll around the dunes. The closest camping spot is at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, 24 miles to the southeast. There are RV sites with a dump station.
Continuing north on Highway 54, you will at last come to one of the largest rock art sites in the southwest. The Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Site offers over 21,000 glyphs of all manner of human, animal and plant life. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy hiking or backpacking. The Three Rivers Campground has two RV sites if you wish to stay a while.
After turning east on Highway 380 towards Roswell, you will see signs for the Capitan Mountains Wilderness. The birthplace of our friend, Smokey the Bear, this wilderness area contains a wide range of terrain, including high peaks, juniper woodland and Ponderosa Pines. If you can tear yourself away from this paradise of outdoor activity, you will carry on to at last reach Roswell, New Mexico. There are so many things to do in Roswell, it is impossible to list them all. Suffice it to say, you can spend days in this city with never a lack of fun.
Your RV trip is now going to take you south, where you will be happy you stopped to take a walking tour of historic Artesia. Step back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s as you visit the train depot and other buildings from pioneer days.
Don’t miss Carlsbad Caverns, where you can take advantage of educational ranger-guided tours and see the mass exodus of bats from the cave. Carry on south on Highway 62/180 to Guadalupe Mountains National Park for more outdoor recreation before coming to your final destination in El Paso, Texas.