The Best Place for FREE Camping/Boondocking in New Mexico

Recently Grant and I went on a great camping trip a few hours from where we have the RV parked that I wanted to share. We had a blast camping and exploring the trails nearby while staying away from people.

You might be asking yourself why in the hell I would be writing about a tent camping trip since I live in an RV and that's what my blog is about. Yea, I get it, but Grant and I have been tent camping way before we bought our fifth wheel, the Black Widow, and every now and then we need a change of scenery.

Plus, there are a bunch of great boondocking spots for your RV in the same area we camped. So there's that...

Lincoln National Forest

32*49'16.9N 105*40'42.8W

Yep, that's all you need to know, folks. You have the exact location we camped in via latitude and longitude. Just pretend the * is a degree symbol. I couldn't figure that one out. Technology has defeated me once again! Shocker...

Ok, but on a real note, keep reading so you know what to expect and where to stay in the forest.

Like I was saying, Grant and I spend the weekend in Lincoln National Forest. We love being able to disappear and spend time in nature. With Grant's work schedule the way it is, he rarely has the time off. We travel all the time, but don't have much time to explore together.

That's the double-edged sword of pipeline life.

We actually went to this forest two weekends in a row because it's the only place to camp where 1.) you don't need a reservation and 2.) it's not 100*+ (again with pretending that's a degree symbol.)

What To Expect

First of all, you can expect to see some beautiful mountainish views! Lots of pine trees (because it's a forest), a stream throughout the entire forest, and even a waterfall. The park is very ATV friendly so if you love playing with your big boy toys, this is the place for you.

If you don't like playing with big boy toys, that's ok! There are plenty of hiking trails to explore.

The weather in late July-early August was amazing! Highs in the low-80s and lows in the mid-50s. Perfect camping weather if you ask me! We did get quite a bit of rain the second weekend we stayed in the forest. My advice is to not be like us and actually check the forecast before you go.

I'm not saying rain is a bad thing, I'm just saying be prepared and don't leave your good rain jacket at home.

If you camp here, know that you will be dry camping. That means no water, electric, or cell phone service. You will need to bring in your own water. I suggest packing some 5-gallon collapsable water containers.

Where To Stay

One of the coolest things about the forest is that you can pull off the road and camp anywhere inside the park. There are some great places to boondock with your RV down the road we stayed on as well. Just be sure you are not on posted private properties, as there are some homes along the road.

If you are primitive camping or boondocking, you will not need a permit. I didn't see one ranger the entire time we stayed either weekend.

The National Forest is pretty big and there are many areas to explore and boondock, however, the other roads we drove down were much more crowded with campers and fellow RVers. We picked camping off Wills Canyon Road because of the added privacy.

You will be able to find a nice, secluded spot to yourself if you get there early enough on Friday. Also, the more you travel along the trails, the cooler the spots are. This excludes boondocking, unfortunately, but if you're up for an adventure, you will easily find one in the forest.

Because will not have cellphone signal in most of the forest, I suggest letting someone know where you will be going and for how long in case something happens to you or you are stranded.

It would be good to find your camp, drop a pin, drive back to cell service and send your location to a buddy. Especially if you are camping solo.

What To Do

You can hike, bike, ATV, backpack and horse ride all in the forest. Take your pick!

There are quite a few multi-use trails that we took advantage of. If you decide to stay in the area we suggested, drive down the end of the dirt road you came in on and you'll run into all of the trailheads.

We hiked the Willie White Trail and looped back around to the car. There was also much to explore where we camped and we spend a lot of time there as well since it rained quite a bit. We didn't want to get too far from camp and get stuck in another hail storm (yes, this happened).

Whatever you're into, I'm sure you'll find it in the forest.

We at Black Widow Adventures loves sharing our explorations with you and we hope to inspire you to have your own adventure.

Now you know one of the best and free places to bring your camper or tent and enjoy nature in the peace and quiet.

Stay safe while you chase your adventure!

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