This Road Trip Through New Mexico’s State Parks Is The Perfect Way To End Your Summer

End your summer on a high note with a road trip through some of New Mexico’s gorgeous state parks. This itinerary is heavy on parks with lakes so that you can cool off along the way. However, the outdoor opportunities extend far beyond swimming. Hiking enthusiasts, fishing fans, and wildlife lovers will all enjoy this drive.

The route covers 848 miles and takes a hair over 15 hours without stops. We recommend spacing the trip across several days – Labor Day weekend anyone? There are plenty of campsites in New Mexico’s state parks where you can sleep surrounded by scenic vistas.

Here is the Google Map for the trip.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Conclude your drive by returning to Elephant Butte – or Truth or Consequences – to finish out this loop.

Admission to each of New Mexico’s state parks is $5 per vehicle for day use. With nine parks, that amounts to $45. That’s pretty affordable, especially if you travel as a family or with a group of friends. Campsites range in price from $8 per night for a primitive spot, to $18 for a developed site with all the hookups.

So, what do you think? Are you ready for this road trip?

Learn more about New Mexico’s many state parks here. We’re sure there is at least one that appeals to you.