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Unsurprisingly, Santa Fe National Forest sits twenty miles west of its namesake city, Santa Fe, in the north-central region of New Mexico. Stretching across an impressive 1.6 million acres, this mountainous forest has become a must-see for those who book an RV in Santa Fe County. Interstate Route 25 runs directly from Albuquerque and provides the easiest access to these spectacular landscapes.

The history behind the Santa Fe National Forest is a simple one that dates back to the early 20th century. The forest was established in 1915 when Jemez National Forest and Pesco National Forest merged together to create an area abundant with recreational opportunity. No matter what time of year you decided to go state park RV camping, you’ll be met with wildlife watching opportunities, winter activities, natural hot springs, and so much more at Santa Fe National Forest. What are you waiting for, rent a camper at Santa Fe National Forest and see what it can offer you and your family.

Getting Outdoors

Miles and miles of multi-use trails undulate through the dense forests and have become a playground for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders alike. Due to the vast size of the national park, you’ll want to take your Santa Fe camper rental for a ride and park it up at one of the convenient carparks found at the trailheads. Some popular tracks include the Jemez Falls Trail and an easy 0.5-mile stroll that leads walkers to a small opening and waterfall and the Dorothy Stewart Trail, which loops around the forests for 2 miles, providing a fantastic introduction to the natural flora and fauna that thrives here. Avid hikers camping at Santa Fe National Park can set their alarms for an early rise and tackle the challenging 9.5mile Nambe Lake Trail. With an elevation of 3,625 feet, this is no easy feat, so come prepared with lots of food and water.

If you fancy a winter vacation, time your Santa Fe National Forest camping trip with this year’s ski season, the Santa Fe Alpine Ski Area is well known for providing winter sports enthusiasts with over eighty different ski runs to explore. The resort is decked out with seven efficient ski lifts, allowing for easy access to all of the slopes, as well as countless rental outlets if you’ve forgotten any of that all-important ski gear. If you’re not so much of a skier, strap on your snowshoes, or jump on a snowmobile and explore this winter wonderland in your own way.

Whether you’re visiting during summer or winter, you’ll be glad to know that Santa Fe National Forest boasts its very own selection of natural hot springs. Which hot springs you visit completely depends on how far into the forest you wish to delve. Jemez Springs Range District, located just off Highway 4, offers some of the most accessible springs, whereas the Spence Hot Springs provides a more secluded experience. Whatever you do, remember to check the water temperature before you dive in as temperatures can exceed 129°F.

Camping at Santa Fe National Forest

You’ll be stuck for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to park up your RV rental in Santa Fe National Forest. New Mexico allows primitive camping almost anywhere in the forest unless otherwise stated. All they ask is that you park up at least 100 feet away from streams and lakes, to help maintain a healthy ecosystem, and take all of your rubbish away with you.

For something a little more comfortable, head over to one of the campgrounds in Santa Fe National Park that provides hookups for your rental RV. Fenton Lake State Park can be found in the western section of the forest, not far from the town of Cuba. This campground offers campers a selection of 35 RV-friendly spots arranged in five different loops. Which loop you choose depends on how close you wish to be to the lake, washroom facilities, and whether or not you require partial hookups. If you want all three, you’ll need to reserve a spot-on Loop D in advance, as these fill up quickly. This can be done online or over the phone.

Exploring the Area

Besides the great outdoors, the town of Santa Fe offers up some great cultural enrichment for those who are interested. Just opposite the infamous Santa Fe Plaza is the Palace of Governors, a museum that preserves and celebrates the intriguing past of Santa Fe. The building was originally used by Spanish settlers in the 1600s as a government building but fell out of use in the 18th century. Continue on to the New Mexico History Museum to heighten your knowledge of the history of the state as a whole. Wander through exhibitions that tell of New Mexico’s trials and tribulations in achieving independence, stories of Spanish heritage, and of the original Indian settlers.

On the other end of the scale is Meow Wolf, arguably one of Santa Fe’s most unique and creative attractions. This production company curates immersive, multimedia exhibitions that take visitors back to their childhood, where story tales and fictional characters come to life. You’ll have to walk, crawl, jump and swing your way through over 70 hand-made rooms to experience this at its best. It’s hard to convey how weird and wonderful this is, so it’s best to just visit and see for yourself!

If you can squeeze one more attraction in, let it be the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Situated just outside of town, this small gallery houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American arts in the state. From age-old carvings to contemporary paintings, handmade jewelry to unique textiles, you’ll find it all here, under one convenient roof.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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