Tour Southwestern New Mexico in an RV

San Felipe Church on Old Town Albuquerque

San Felipe Church on Old Town Albuquerque

The wonders are amazing in the southwestern New Mexico region. Spring is the very best time to come on a tour of the many landscapes, with mountains and deserts in every direction. Marvel at the blooming plants and the wildlife wandering near. It is the perfect destination for a tour in an RV motorhome, too. Drive along in superior comfort and enjoy the sights!

Start out in Albuquerque! Check out Old Town while you are here. There are so many things to see in the city that you may want to spend some extra time taking in the sights. Art lovers always make it a point to stop at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. More history is available at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center where you will get a realistic taste of the lives of Native Americans.

Next head for Leasburg Dam State Park, where you will love seeing the visitor center after a delicious picnic and short hike. Then go to the Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area (PDF) for some excitement. You may rough it and get into the backcountry here if you like. You’ll find rock art and fascinating caves. However, it isn’t recommended exploring the caves unless you are experienced in this sort of thing.

Hiking here is of the best quality, with a number of choices for lovely treks. Take the 4.5-mile hike on Pine Tree Trail in a loop. You can also try the Baylor Pass Trail which is longer and much steeper. Getting out in the fresh air and exercising helps loosen those tired muscles from so much driving.

Next stop is White Sands National Monument. The dunes are more like snow than sand as you see them while you approach. It is a wonderful place for photo opportunities. You can camp out at the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. This park has an RV campground with a dump station for your convenience. It is 24 miles south of White Sands.

Now for some real history! The Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Site is one of the largest sites of rock art in the southwest U.S. See more than 21,000 glyphs depicting animal, plant and human life. There is also a campground with a few RV sites. While staying in this area, you can get in more hiking or even take off for a backpacking adventure.

Go towards Roswell and watch for signs to the Capitan Mountains Wilderness. The diversity of the landscape makes for a lot of outdoor fun, including hiking and wildlife watching. For the best views, take the Summit Trail along the main ridge.

When you are ready to continue your RV journey, carry on to Roswell. You’ll find a wealth of things to do, including visiting the Roswell Museum and Art Center, seeing the UFO Museum, and watching birds at the Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge.

What a trip! There is always more to do in southwestern New Mexico! You’ll have to return and do it all again on a fabulous RV vacation!

Picture credits: The picture of San Felipe Church on Old Town Albuquerque is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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