Dear Reader: We are updating these listings now (April-May, 2004). The listings on this page now are in many cases outdated. We except to have our updated directory posted by June, 2004.
Wal-Mart stores. Unless posted, RVers may spend the night for free in any Wal-Mart parking lot. For a list of Wal-Mart stores that do not permit free overnight stays, click here.
The Sky City Casino permits free overnight stays in its parking lot. The native American owned casino is west of Albuquerque, north of I-40 at exit 102. -- THE EDITOR
The Loners On Wheels RV club's home campground is at the LoW-HI RV Ranch, where members (and non-members, too) can boondock for $2 a night. -- THE EDITOR
Giant Travel Center, about 17 miles east of Gallup on I-40, is a most rewarding site for tried Rvers, who can park for free away from trucks and cars. The center has most everything you might need. --N. SAULSGIVER
This tiny town of 75 in the Lordsburg vicinity offers free RV parking in town. We're not sure of the details. If you stay, let us know more -- THE EDITOR
Jal (vicinity of Carlsbad Caverns)
Three years ago when I was visiting Carlsbad Caverns, I stayed overnight at the Jal city park, 45 miles southeast of Carlsbad in the very southeast corner of the state. There was free electric, water, and dump station, all next to a pleasant pond. --L. COUSE
This past Memorial Day we saw a free RV parking area on route 502 just on the outskirts of the city. It appeared to be offered by the city. We didn't happen to use it on that trip. Nearby is the Bandelier National Monument. Santa Fe is about 35 miles southeast.-- G. NEKOLNY
Editor's note: A reader reports (March, 2000) that this campground along route 502 is now $6 a night.
The city park Ave D and 11th Street has self-contained RV sites, and a dump station -- G. ELLIOT
Pietown, on US 60, has a park with free RV spaces, but no hook ups. There's also a lot of BLM land around. -- DAVID R.
Located about three miles from the Arizona state line on I-10, Steins is an interesting old ghost town that is being restored by its owners. When we visited, they said they allow RVers to dry camp overnight for free if they ask permission. The town is next to the railroad tracks, so it may get a little noisy --- Gypsy Journal
On Route 380 near the Texas border, the city owned Rampy Park on the east side of town has five paved full-hookup sites. Watch for a hard to spot wrought iron sign on the north side of the highway, then drive to the end of the road. The park is on the left. We didn't spend the night, but this free campgrounds looked clean and quiet. -- Gypsy Journal
No more free camping
The following locations in New Mexico that once allowed free camping no longer allow it:
Santa Rosa: James Wallace Memorial Park (9-00)