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Camp in an RV near Cimarron, and you'll get the feeling that the West is still wild here. Experience this "out in the country" atmosphere at Ponil Campgrounds located on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and you'll be surrounded by mature trees, a creek on the campground's borders, and the occasional deer and wild turkey wandering by. Pets can coexist with the campground's resident wildlife as long as they are leashed at all times.Even though civilization seems so far away, your motorhome camping experience here will be closer to comfortable as full hookup and water/electric sites with 50/30 amp service, along with a sewer dump, are available for Cimarron campers. Internet access and satellite TV are even on offer, so you can choose to stay in the loop while out in the wild (West).Fire pits and picnic tables make outdoor meals easier to prepare and enjoy. With bathhouses and laundry facilities, you may even be tempted to stay longer than originally planned. In fact, some guests stay for months at a time, planning events for other campers like pot lucks, morning "Cowboy Coffee," and horseshoe competitions. For special gatherings, a large screened pavilion is available for rent.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Cimarron Canyon marks the boundary where the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains meet. Survey this unique coming together of two iconic landscapes and take your campervan rental on a 135-mile ride on the Cimarron Canyon, Taos and the Enchanted Circle Scenic Drive leaving the west end of town on Highway 64. Along the way, you'll come upon the route's highlights, which include the Pueblo of Taos, the Kit Carson Memorial State Park Cemetery, and farther down the road, the end of the Camino Real, or King’s Highway, from Mexico City.Half an hour's drive from your campsite at Ponil Campgrounds lies Maxwell Wildlife Refuge perched at an elevation of 6,050 feet. Encompassing nearly 3,700 acres of diverse ecosystems, the refuge is surrounded by high mesas and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.Ducks, geese, cranes, and other migrating birds were the first to seek sanctuary here, but visitors now enjoy year-round sightings of hawks, owls, and eagles along with wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and black-tailed prairie dogs. Anglers may want to sink a line in the lakes for a haul of rainbow trout, yellow perch, and largemouth bass while birders can tick off American kestrels, wild turkeys, and Wilson's phalaropes on their list.The extinct volcano of the Capulin Volcano National Monument is only a little more than an hour's drive away in your Cimarron camper rental and yet transports you to a landscape that appears to be far removed from any worldly cares. Part of the bigger Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, the volcano beckons hikers with its seemingly accessible hiking trails.For invigorating exercise, walk around the rim of the volcano by following the paved, one-mile Crater Rim Loop with steep climbs and descents. To marvel at the surrounding volcanic topography, take the one-mile Lava Flow Loop instead. And if you want to go down to the volcano's crater, the 0.2-mile Crater Vent Trail will take you there.

Exploring the Area

Campgrounds in Colfax County put you close to the Santa Fe Trail, the main transportation route linking Franklin, MO to Santa Fe, NM in the 19th century until the railroad bypassed it. Just a mile outside of Cimarron along Highway 64, you can still see the ruts and swales made by passing wagon trains.Cimarron is not only rich in history but also in local and regional art. Browse paintings and sculptures at the Old Pass Gallery and at the Philmont Museum, which also houses the National Scouting Museum. If you like to watch folk and country acts, rent a camper near Ponil Campgrounds and plan a trip around the ShortGrass Music Festival held in the summer.For a more intimate experience of Cimarron, a walking tour of Old Town is highly recommended. The tour takes you to the 1858 Maxwell House, whose owner, Lucien Maxwell, maintained a staggering land grant close to 1.8 million acres. The Maxwell family graves are also included in this tour, along with the 1872 Colfax County Courthouse, and the Schwenk’s Hall originally built in 1854 as a brewery and later became a place to win - or lose - a lifetime of savings. Today the complex is open for tours where visitors can admire antiques, ranch art, and scouting memorabilia, among the hall's many collections.A starkly beautiful landscape that greeted weary travelers on the Santa Fe Trail awaits you on this journey. There's so much ground to cover, and as with anything, starting somewhere gets you going. So book an RV rental in Cimarron, New Mexico now, pull out the map, and find out where your sense of adventure takes you.


Ready to grab your gear and hit the trails? Before you hike, here are a few things you should check off your list. Learn more
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Find the perfect RV for Ponil Campground

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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.