Moriarty, New Mexico RV Campgrounds

Moriarty, New Mexico RV Campgrounds
Moriarty, New Mexico, is just off the historic and famous Route 66 on what is referred to as the "Turquoise Trail." Visitors to the region will be able to explore the mesas and desert via hiking trails, mountain biking trails and roadside attractions. Moriarty is a small community, yet is within 1 1/2-hour drive to Albuquerque. There are several options for campgrounds in the region surrounding the small town of Moriarty.

Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley Resort has sites for tent campers as well as those traveling via RV. Tent sites have picnic tables, fire rings and access to freshwater for drinking and cooking. RV sites have 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer connections. Guests have access to hot showers, swimming pool, barbecue stations and bathrooms. Pets are welcome, and there is Wi-Fi on site. The Rio Grande Valley State Park is within an hour drive from the campground where visitors can mountain bike the 16-mile Paseo del Bosque trail.

Hidden Valley Resort
844-B State Hwy. 333
Tijeras, NM 87059
(505) 281-3363

Turquoise Campground and RV Park

Turquoise Trail Campground offers tent and RV camping. Tent sites have shade trees, freshwater spigots, picnic tables and fire rings with grills. RV sites have water, sewer, Wi-Fi and 30- or 50-amp electric. Most size RVs can be accommodated. Pets are welcome at the Turquoise Trail Campground. Showers and bathrooms, a guesthouse, laundry and dump dump station are available. The Sandia Mountains are within an hour drive where visitors can find hiking trails, mountain biking and bird-watching.

Turquoise Trail Campground and RV Park
22 Calvary Road
(4 miles N. of Hwy. 14)
Cedar Crest, NM 87008
(505) 281-2005

Cibola National Forest

Visitors to the Moriarty region can opt to camp at the campgrounds of the Cibola National forest, within 30 minutes of the town of Moriarty. The Cibola campgrounds are nestled into the Sandia Mountains and offer a range of sites. There are primitive tent-only sites that have fire rings and picnic tables, RV sites and hike and backpack-in campgrounds. Those backpacking into the backcountry campgrounds will need to get a backcountry permit from the ranger office. Front-country tent campers need to adhere to rules regarding food storage and preparation because of black bear activity. Fire rules should be checked before having an open fire as the seasons get dry and bans and restrictions are regularly updated. Pets are allowed in the Cibola but need to remain leashed in the campgrounds and public trails. There are hiking trails, biking trails and opportunities for rock-climbing and bouldering in the Cibola.

Cibola National Forest
2113 Osuna Road, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(505) 346-3900

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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