Update: Northern N.M. RV Parks on ’13 Season
RV parks from Red River to Cimarron, N.M., enjoyed impressive numbers all summer and saw many returning families for stays of a mere weekend to several months, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Angel Fire, reported.
Angel Fire’s Monte Verde RV Park (575-377-3404) requires reservations and closes at the beginning of October, according to owners Lynn Eubank and Maria Beck. “We’ve been having a great summer,” Eubank said. “One of our long-term guests included a painter from Arizona.” Monte Verde offers 28 RV sites.
Enchanted Moon RV (575-758-3338) in the Taos Canyon on Highway 64 offers 27 sites, and visitor numbers remained strong all summer. “We’ve had pretty good numbers all summer and will close Sept. 2, 2013. We have had many nice people here this year. We will reopen Memorial Day 2014,” Dena Sponsler of Enchanted Moon said.
Eagle Nest offers its visitors a lake for boating and fishing. On the northwest end of the lake, Bruce Manakas has room for 65 RVs at his Golden Eagle RV Park (575-377-6188). “Business has been fair. We’ve had better summers,” Manakas said. “Some RVers cancelled due to the poor water conditions and fire danger. We are a year-round resort, and we look forward to Fishfest this fall and the large groups we expect for the fall foliage.”
Mary Sangster, owner of Eagle Nest’s Lost Eagle RV Park (575-377-2374), offers 42 sites to short and long-term summer guests. “We are open from May through mid-October,” she said. “We have had a good year and been busy. Our guests enjoy a weekly potluck.”
Also open for the summer is Weathers RV (575-377-2276) in Eagle Nest. Owner Marty Weathers has 25 sites open from May 1 through mid-October. “We have been full all summer,” Weathers said. “We have lots of repeat guests who stay all summer.”
Eagle Nest One Stop (575-377-1109) offers five sites year-round. “Attendance is better than last year. The economy is coming back. We operate a first-come, first-serve and reservations RV park. Labor Day and Fishfest will be events that we look forward to,” owner Connie Encinias said.
Farther north in Red River, RV enthusiasts camp at Red River RV Park (575-754-6187), where Margie Scheitle is wrapping up her fourth year as park host. “Business has been really good this summer; we’ve been packed,” she said. “We are open May through September for guests to access four-wheeling, fishing and hiking.”
At lower elevations, RVing is also good at Cathy Jones’ Ponil Campgrounds (575-376-2343) in Cimarron. “We have 37 sites, and a lot of our guests have something to do with Philmont (Scout Ranch),” she said. “Our guests stay with us to access our hiking, camping and outdoor adventures.”
Also in Cimarron and offering 11 sites is Bud Sanders’ Cimarron Inn and RV Park (575-376-2268). “Our RV Park is primarily for overnighters,” he said. “We are open for RVs unless it’s below 32 degrees.”