I'm planning to go to Albuquerque next May or June and want to do some camping in the mountains nearby. I'm hoping to find a secluded campground or site but within an hour drive of downtown ABQ if possible. I'm pretty sure NM allows dispersed camping, but I'm not from there and don't want to be searching forever for a site.
I'm an older woman and often camp alone, so safety is also on my mind. I've seen some mention of vandalism of vehicles at trailheads. Is it safe (from humans) to camp in the area? I may bring a few friends who haven't camped before so a campground with a toilet could make their first trip more pleasant.
Here's what I've found in my internet search: Cedro Peak Group CG (My group shouldn't be that big), Fourth of July CG, Tajique CG. Are these sites accessible w/o 4 wheel drive? Are they realistically within 1 - 1.5 hrs from ABQ? Turquoise Trail CG sounds nice but it isn't really my style of camping. I like more solitude.
Any information or suggestions will be very much appreciated.
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To those of you who know Albuquerque well: Where can I camp within and hour drive from Albuquerque? I'm looking for a mountain campsite where I can camp alone and possibly host some first time campers. Primitive is fine, but a vault toilet may be nice if I have friends with me who are new to camping. I've done some searching and found Cedro Peak Group sites, Fourth of July CG, Tajique CG. Are the forest roads pretty good usually? I don't plan on being there during the monsoon season. I'm hoping most snow will be melted by the end of May. I'm interested in finding some some good dispersed sites that will be relatively safe. I've seen some comments on a few sites about vehicles being vandalized at some trailheads and it makes me nervous as far as camping. I often hike and camp alone and am an older woman. My plan is a trip end of May or early June next year. Any suggestions you have or websites I could get more info from will be appreciated.
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