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Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

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Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

Hi folks,

My wife and I are planning to be in Albuquerque later in Feb for a couple of nights as part of a road trip from Vegas to Dallas. We will be travelling in a small RV (basically a van with a bed), and have heard that it is possible to sleep in WalMart (or similar store's) carparks overnight in some US cities (we are from Australia).

Can anyone give us some advice on whether this is possible / feasible in Albuquerque, or if not, whether there are any suitable parks that we would be able to park in for the night (we would not need power). Alternatively, if anyone can recommend a good campsite which is not too far out of town, it would be much appreciated! We are looking forward to checking out some of the restaurants and bars in the city itself, as well as the natural landcapes around (we will also be heading up to Taos and Santa Fe after our time in Albuquerque).

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

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There's some discussion about RV parks in and around ABQ.

I still see rigs in ABQ Walmart parking lots. Usually not more than 1. I don't know what their policy is. They were known to allow parking at night, but I thought I heard they were phasing that out. They have continual 24/7 patrol of their own, so you'd know soon enough.

I wonder if casinos also allow. Route 66 casino, for example.

With van that size, you can usually stay in campgrounds, too, without hookups. State parks are ideal in NM as they usually have showers and are pretty cheap. Can't think of one near ABQ, however. At Grand Canyon, if you should stop there, you could stay at Trailer Village or Mather Campground with van that size. Mather has showers.

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2. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

There are 2 KOA campground/rv parks in Abq, one just off I40 and one in a nicer location north of Abq in Bernalillo. Also in Bernalillo there is a small campground near Coronado State Monument www.townofbernalillo.org/depts/campground.htm

Keep in mind that February in Northern New Mexico is still winter, cold temperatures below freezing at night are common. Most of the RV parks/campgrounds in Santa Fe are closed until March and the campground at Hyde Memorial State Park just outside of Santa Fe had snow on all the campsites when I drove by last week! There is an rv park on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe that is open in winter

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I would contact your local Walmart, and see if they can find out if it is still legal to park there overnight. The policy would be the same all over, I would think, unless a city specifically forbids it.

If it is legal, I would recommend only two Walmarts in the city. The one at Cottonwood Mall, and the one on Southern Blvd in Rio Rancho. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending any of the others.

Casa is correct about the weather. It has been in the teens and low twenties at night here in Albuquerque. Unless you have jpropane for heat, I would sure look to one of the campgrounds that charge a fee, so you can hook up.

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4. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

Good point about weather in late Feb. We've taken a similar RV/van to GC at New Year and Spring Break. Snow on ground both trips but roads okay and of course heater inside kept us toasty. I'm not sure what you'd find going north from ABQ that time of year...wonder about the BLM sites along Rio Grande at Pilar, just south of Taos. blm.gov/nm/…orilla_verde.html I didn't see anything about seasonal closing there.

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5. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

I think Sandiaman hit where to find answer. It sounds like corporate policy still favors RV parking but local stores (based on how busy they are) or even municipalities may prohibit. Unless someone knows at this site, it looks like there are also several other, more RV-specific sites that may help. (I saw a couple and a couple references to the Flying J west of here.) Or call a store here. There's a few Walmarts in NE ABQ that I think would be okay, too.

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The new Walmart in Santa Fe just off I25 on Cerrillos Rd allows "camping" in their parking lot. BUT...seems some of the folks end up standing at the exits with signs begging for food. Kind of makes me wary of that parking lot.

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7. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

You might also want to post on the Road Trips forum to catch someone with possible RV travel experience.

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8. Re: Central 'camping' (RV) locations in Albuquerque?

Thanks so much to everyone for your input! Greatly appreciated & apologies for not checking back in sooner. All of there tips will certainly make our decisions easier when we hit ABQ..... Cheers!

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