Westward Bound: 11 Must-Visit Campsites in the Southwest

Vacations are the best way to spend a memorable time with your family and friends. For those seeking a great outdoor adventure, look no further than a trip to the Southwest.

While much of the U.S. is known for its history, the West – Southwest in particular – is known for its picturesque scenery. Recreational opportunities abound for family travel. Enjoying can be your primary motive but at the same time, you should also explore things to make memories and add to your experiences. It’s also not a bad way to impress your relatives, bosses, and co-workers.

There are a lot of places to visit but the ultimate adventure lies in camping. There is a long list of campsites in the southwest, so we’re highlighting several of the most must-see ones.

1. Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground, New Mexico

If you are a true road tripper, then you can make use of a variety of amenities that are provided to the visitors. This site is well-equipped with wifi, which will enable you to experience a great camp time and stay connected. If you are traveling from May to September, you can come across a lot of  family-oriented activities. -You can take your kids to the playground, dog park or enjoy a free outdoor movie. Other amenities here also include hot showers, bathrooms and laundry. Taking in the sight can be your primary motive, but if you are just sparing some time from your hectic life, , then it will be the best campsite for you.

2. Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

One can experience scenic views of rust-colored rocks that are offered by Snow Canyon State Park. Apart from this, huge sand tent platforms are there that can make your camping even more adventurous. This park is also equipped with warm showers and bathrooms. If talking about popular activities, then cycling is one such activity that people love to do. if you are an explorer or if you love to find new  places, then you should visit this park as it will allow you to explore the many trails through the main canyon and the side canyons.

TIP FOR PET LOVERS – Before taking your pet with you, you should know that the pets are only allowed in the campground, whiptail trail and west canyon.

3. Salt Creek, California

Salt Creek is a part of the Salton Sea stream in Southern California’s Riverside County. The best way to enjoy your camping here is to pull your camp chairs out from your tent and sit next to the water to adore the marine birdlife. They charge you approximately $10, but worth every dollar spent because the amenities reciprocated in return will make you experience lavish camping. The amenities provided include picnic tables, snack bars, tidepools, BBQs, restrooms etc. This can be the ultimate destination for you to camp. If you are someone who loves to try new things then you should not miss the chance to get yourself engrossed in the activities that they are offering like bodysurfing, bodyboarding, surfing, swimming, beach walking, etc.

4. Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

Big Bend Ranch State Park is located in a remote area of Texas. This particular camping site is popular for its scenic views. Another reason for popularity its proximity to the water. The site is very close to the river and you can explore the kind of plant species that grow on the dry and barren landscape. The best time to travel is spring as you will be able to experience a wide variety of plant species that contrasts with the usually barren desert.

5. Valley of Fires, New Mexico

Have you ever thought of camping in lava fields? If not, then you should not miss this chance of planning a trip to Valley of Fires, in New Mexico. This site is immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow in New Mexico. While traveling, you will come across the earth landscape dotting with green color. t will excite you to stop and get a closer look at it. This site is considered to be one of the most oft-visited and popular campsites of all time in the Southwest.

6. South Campground, Zion National Park, Utah

South Campground is located in the green valleys of Zion Canyon. Providing the campers with the basic amenities are kept in mind like flush bathrooms and water. Regardless of having a desert-like climate, the tall trees provide shed to the campers. By the evening, the sun reflects off the valley’s wall by making the dining more lavish and enchanting.

7. Trona Pinnacles, California

Have you ever dreamt of camping on an alien planet ? Here comes a chance to get as close to that as humanly possible. It’s a great opportunity for all those who love to explore new things because camping is free and adventurous in the Trona Pinnacles, which is one of California’s jewels. This will probably be the best spot for camping if you ever got a chance to camp here. The out-of-this-world experience here will make you feel as if you are on a trip you’ve never been before.

8. Lake Colorado City State Park, Texas

If you are looking for a little bit of fun and adventure in Texas, then the Lake Colorado City State Park should be on the top of your list as it provides the campers with numerous amenities including showers and full bathrooms. Swimming is strictly prohibited as no one will be provided with the life jackets.

9. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Natural Bridges National Monument is located in Utah. The site is open all round the year which is a factor making it one of the most visited campsites in Utah. It’s42 miles west of Blanding, Utah. Apart from the necessities, the campers are provided with other necessities like flashlights, binoculars and star charts.

10. Valley of the Gods, Utah

If you are planning to explore a new place in Utah then you should not miss Valley of the Gods. It is not very far from the Natural Bridges National Monument. You will get a chance to come across a wide variety of critters like rabbits, lizards, snakes, deer. Plenty of subjects here to ply your photography skills.

city of rocks state park camp site

11. City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

City of Rock State Park is a unique campsite  built among volcanic rocks in New Mexico. This campsite received its name from the volcanic rock that we can find on this specific place. if you are looking for electric and water hookups then the charges will be around $14 but if you are satisfied with no hookup sites, then you are asked to pay $10. If you are inclined for relaxing camping than an adventurous experience, then you should go for no hookup sites because it’s much more quiet and private as compared to the hookup sites.

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