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Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.
The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.
A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.
Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.
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Santa Rosa is one of the many small towns in New Mexico made famous by the railroad, but later lost much of its prestige when the interstate system was built. At the turn of the century, both the El Paso and Northeastern Railway (connecting El Paso and Chicago) and the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway (connecting New Mexico to the Great Lakes region) ran through Santa Rosa. America’s most famous autoroute, Route 66 (connecting Chicago to Los Angeles), also made its way through. It was even included in John Ford’s film adaption of The Grapes of Wrath, highlighting its role in connecting California to the Dust Bowl-stricken regions of Texas and Oklahoma.
Today Interstate 25 connects the state’s largest cities - Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, and few people camping with an RV get far from that north-south route. Santa Rosa sits just west of the massive flatlands of eastern New Mexico, referred to as the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains), and just east of the Sandia Mountains and Albuquerque - the state’s largest city.
When you go camping near Santa Rosa, you’ll have access to full hookups for your RV rental, along with showers, laundry facilities, WiFi, and a dump station to empty your tanks; sites are large and have plenty of space for larger rental RVs. There’s also a playground and heated swimming pool for you to relax with the family after a long day of exploring. The RV campground even has a restaurant attached to it, serving up some of the "best baby back ribs in New Mexico."
If you’re looking to beat the summer heat while RV camping at Santa Rosa Campground, there’s nothing quite like Park Lake. For a nominal fee, you can paddle kayaks, climb boulders, and lounge in the shade to your heart’s content. It’s a very family-friendly park, and you’re welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.
Santa Rosa Lake State Park is just a short drive from the campground. This oasis in the desert is only a few miles north of town and is excellent for swimming, kayaking, or fishing. There are also a couple of short trails running around the lake.
One of the more interesting outdoor attractions in the Santa Rosa area is known as the Blue Hole. From the surface, it looks like a pleasant little swimming hole in the middle of the desert, measuring just 60 feet in diameter. Formed from a natural spring, the water stays about 60 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, which can be quite chilly if the sun isn’t shining. What’s not immediately obvious is its depth - a whopping 80 feet, which makes it very popular with scuba divers looking for a seriously unconventional dive.
If diving deep isn’t your thing, head west to Albuquerque to hit some high peaks. Sandia Peak looms large at over 10,000 feet (4,000 feet above the city), and fortunately, you don’t need to be in peak physical condition to reach its summit; the Sandia Peak Tramway can get you there in about 15 minutes, and the views along the way are spectacular. Once you’ve reached the summit, there are several hiking trails for exploring the ridgeline - just be careful, the air’s a bit thinner up there.
Despite its small size, Santa Rosa has everything you could need for a great RV camping trip. A truck stop on the east edge of town has big bays to accommodate large rental RVs and also has a dump station. The town’s main street is lined with restaurants. With a fusion of Native American and Mexican cuisine, you’ll never be short on good food while camping in New Mexico.
Architecture buffs should snap some pics of the Guadalupe County Courthouse when staying at one of the RV parks in Santa Rosa. Its ornate sandstone facade is built with a grand style that’s incongruent with the rest of the town - a perfect background for family portraits. The current courthouse is housed in an annex off to the side of the historic building, which is not as visually appealing.
Given its location on historic Route 66, you’d be missing out if you didn’t check out the Route 66 Auto Museum while you were there. It’s not very big, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with loads of beautifully restored classic cars and hot rods. Even if you’re not a car aficionado, the nostalgia it inspires for road trips is undeniable. The Route 66 Museum in nearby Tecumari has even more exciting retro exhibits if you want to continue the Route 66 journey.