Don’t have camping equipment for a weekend trip into the beautiful New Mexico landscape? Don’t want to spend your weekend worrying about bugs and sleeping in flimsy tents? You can enjoy the natural wonders of the state without having to worry about sacrificing the modern comforts of life.
Glamorous camping is the best option for people who want to spend their weekend to rejuvenate themselves and get ready for another week of stressful modern life. Glamping gives you the chance to stay in some of the most unique accommodations such as luxury safari tents, treehouses, log cabins, and more!
New Mexico has plenty of destinations that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy a bout of glamping in wonderful locations like the Carlsbad Caverns National Park where you can explore 120 known caves. The White Sands National Monument is a stunning landscape that mimics a desert.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon festival with over 80,000 visitors, which you can have fun while you are glamping in the area. The Taos Ski Valley is also a perfect place to enjoy cool weather while swishing on the slopes. The Wheeler Peak Wilderness is also the perfect place to explore and hike in.
With so many things to see, you are better off glamping so that you can actually enjoy yourself instead of feeling stressed. Here are some of the best glamping campgrounds that you can visit.
Luxurious Tree House on Working Farm Taos, New Mexico
This handcrafted Tree House is the perfect glamping accommodation for four guests. There are one-bedroom and one private bathroom. Additional sleeping areas include the sofa bed as well as the convertible bed. The bed linens are provided by the host.
The interior is cozy and includes a living area where you can comfortably relax in. the kitchenette has a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, tea kettle, and two-burner stovetop. You can make hot delicious meals there and have them in the dining area.
The treehouse also has other amenities like a satellite TV, VCR player, CD player, and DVD player where you can have a nice movie night. The deck is the perfect place to catch the sunset views of the surrounded greenery.
It overlooks a 100-foot pond, so you will definitely wake up to the most gorgeous view of the sunrise. You can grill a fresh barbeque on the deck in the fresh air. The treehouse is also equipped with a telephone, washer, dryer, and Wi-Fi. The gas fireplace is also warm and cozy to sit next to.
The campsite is built on a working farm, which means you will definitely see plenty of ducks, geese, chicken, alpacas, Great Pyrenees dogs, and mallards. There are plenty of winter sports in the area since the Taos Ski Valley, Red River Ski Area, and Angel Fire Ski Area are nearby.
The Taos Valley has a 13,161-foot mountain, as well as the highest point in the whole state which has the most stunning views imaginable. Other winter sports include ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can also go bird watching, hiking, biking, horse riding, and fly fishing. There is also a unique llama trekking trail where you will be accompanied by a llama for all the hikes. You can also go for whitewater rafting in the area.
Source: Columbia Woodlands
The Columbia Woodlands is the best mixture of inherent peacefulness of nature and luxury that you want on a vacation. The sprawling 400-acre campsite has amazing attention to detail with carefully curated décor and hand-carved rocking chairs.
The Dreamcatcher cabin is a one of a kind, beautiful space where you will definitely have a great weekend. The wrap-around porch is the perfect space to soak in the gorgeous views of the woodlands surrounding the cabin. The four-person hot tub soothes the muscles and relaxes the mind.
The cabin comes with an outdoor grill so that you can cook in the fresh air. The spacious living room has entertainment and sound systems, as well as a 40” flat-screen TV, in case you want to have a movie night. The pull-out sofa is comfy to lounge on, especially if you light the real stone, wood-burning fireplace. The cabin is climate controlled with an AC and fireplace to curb the temperatures outside.
The half bathroom is located near the outdoor hot tub. The kitchen is fully furnished and has a dining table that seats six people with ease. The second floor of the cabin has two bedrooms each with a Dish TV, king-sized bed, comfy spa robes, and a full-sized, luxurious marble bathroom.
You will also have access to the private balcony on which you can take in the breathtaking views of the Many Springs Lake. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of fresh coffee in the morning while watching the sunset. You can also avail of the golf cart that comes with the rental cabin to explore the 400-acre property.
You will never have a dull moment at the campsite since there is so much you can do. You can spend a day relaxing near one of the ponds with a fishing rod and bait. You can also relax with a book at the pavilion of one of the many comfy leather sofas or have a glass of wine near the crackling fire under the stars.
If you are up for a little exertion, there are 8 miles of hiking trails around the area waiting for you to explore them. The lake in the area is also perfect for swimming, kneeboarding, and canoeing. You can also use the fire pit and wood that comes with all the cabins to light a lovely bonfire to roast marshmallows under the night sky.
Amasazi Ruin Family Glamping Cabin
The Anasazi Ruin Family Glamping Cabin is set in one of the most scenic and remarkable locations in New Mexico. The cabin is built near a red rock-walled canyon that looks really unique. There is plenty to explore in all directions of the cabin, so you won’t be bored for any length of vacation. The 400-acre property encourages explorations and love for nature.
The beds in the cabin are comfortable and new. The cooking facilities in the cabin are handy and include amenities like cooking gear, utensils, cookware, etc. You will also find salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and herbs in the kitchen to cook with. The cold running spring water, chairs, cooking stove, table, pots, pans, and tableware are all part of the house.
The two coffeemakers -drip and percolator- are also available so that you can have fresh coffee when you like. You will also receive product and eggs from the ranch’s organic garden when they are available. There is a propane barbeque you can use to make fresh meals for the whole family. The propane fire pit is also perfect for night time bonfires under the stars. The cabin is powered by solar energy.
The outhouse is well-ventilated and just a few feet away from the cabin. The hot shower at the end of a day of adventure and exploration is also pretty welcoming. This pet-friendly cabin can sleep up to 4 people and is fully-equipped –just bring your own food. It has two king-sized beds and one double bed. The patio has a heater installed in case of chilly weather; this means that you can comfortably enjoy the view even on chilly days.
The campsite has a 1,000-gallon soaking pool. This pool is unique because it was originally built by ancient Anasazi Indians inside a rock and earthen open-air space. It has a breathtaking view of the red sandstone 1700 feet of canyon walls. The pool is continuously fed by a cool flowing spring, which ensures that the water is fresh.
Rio Gallina is a brief walk from the Anasazi camp. The canyon provides many structures for campers to explore. There is a specifically designed protected playing area for children on the ranch. It has inflatable kayaks, floating trampolines, a community swimming pond, a floatable snake, boogie boards, a sandbox, and floating armchairs. The Gallina River runs near this area.
The Camp Chama is the perfect summer adventure for those who love the wilderness and want to learn more about being an outdoor guide. It encourages guests to learn more about the nature around them and ensures that their presence doesn’t adversely harm the world.
The Camp Chama has a luxurious safari tent that guests can stay at. It is open enough to allow you the chance to connect with the sounds, sights, and smells of nature. Imagine the earthy notes in the air, the birds chirping in the morning, the wind through the leaves, and sun rays peeking through the trees.
It can be a truly beautiful sight that allows guests the chance to rejuvenate themselves in the peacefulness of nature. The lodging is truly off the grid, so you can immerse yourself fully into nature. The luxury tent has a patio/deck on which you can relax with a cup of coffee and take in the sights around you; this is a great way to relax.
There is a barbeque grill outside which you can use to make fresh, hot meals. Cookware, dinnerware, and cutlery will be provided by the host, which means you don’t have to worry about that. There are a fire pit and ring near the tent on which you can light a warm bonfire and roast some marshmallows or hotdogs for the family. There are plenty of lanterns which will be provided to light your tent. The safari tent has running water.
You can go for guided fishing, which is perfect for beginners who don’t know how to fish yet. There is also horseback riding, which is a fun way to explore the property. You can also indulge in a little archery and shooting sports.
The Rancho Gallina is a unique retreat into the lovely foothills of Santa Fe. It is located just 20 minutes away from the amazing Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. The New Mexico ranch is known for its authentic feel despite the many 21st century amenities and luxuries that it strives to provide.
The ranch has five unique luxury accommodations, complete with Wi-Fi, geothermal energy, and high-quality bedding and linens. The global folk art, leather nuances, and rustic wood decorations add a lovely quality to the rooms. The cedar soaking tub under the stars makes it easy to leave the campsite relaxed and rejuvenated. Guests don’t even have to worry about meals since they have the option to order chef-prepared meals and celebration dinners in the barn on the campground.
The accommodations range from a private room with a bath to a full two-room suite that can sleep up to 7 guests. You can also choose the 16 feet Lotus bell tent with a king-sized bed, composting toilet, covered dining area, and field kitchen. Or go for the popular 16 feet Lotusbelle yurt tent, which offers a surrounding area with owls and bird songs. It has an outdoor kitchen with running rainwater and has access to the shared full kitchen in the main house.
There is a gas grill, where you can cook in the open air, as well as a covered dining area. The tent has a king-sized bed with down comforters, down pillows, and linen duvets. It has a cold water shower, composting toilet, and an indoor shower.
It has air conditioning for those hot summer days. Other amenities include bath products, bedside lighting, blender, books, coffee grinder, coffeemaker, cookware, cutlery, cooler, dishwasher, French press, ironing, hammocks, fireplaces, fire pits, organic farm, flashlight, Wi-Fi, firewood, toaster oven, towels, running water, refrigerator, and caretaker.
The ranch is within a horse country, which is why there are plenty of nearby venues you can go to for horse riding. The area is also known for being cycling-friendly since it has rolling hills, limited traffic, and open views. The hosts will provide you with plenty of indoor board games to play.
There is plenty of state and national parks in the area including Hyde and Cerrillos State Parks, Galisteo Basin, Bandelier, and Kasha Katuwe/Tent Rocks. They offer scenic landscapes and the chance to go mountain biking, climbing, or hiking. You can also go for bird watching or star gazing in the area. There is a nearby farmers market that many people love to visit. If you love painting or photography, this is the place to be.
The Ladder Ranch
Source: Ted Turner Reserves
The Ladder Ranch is purchased by Ted Turner in 1992 and is an incredible 156,439 acres property with stunning views and plenty to do. There are four tributaries of the famous Rio Grande River flowing through the area. The Animas, Seco, Cuchillo, and Palomas streams have resulted in abundant flora and fauna in the area which is wonderful to look at. You will find plenty of sycamores and cottonwoods in the area, as well as sensitive Rio Grande cutthroat trout and Chiricahua leopard frogs.
The reason for the Ladder’s unique popularity as a glamping resort is due to its spectacular and diverse wildlife which includes mountain lions, bears, elk, deer, bison, antelope, javelin, and more. The property is so vast it has a huge range of habitats and ecosystems from pine forests to desert grasslands. This makes it one of the most exclusive and brilliant vacation trips on the planet.
The Ladder Ranch is truly customized to your needs and wants. The site has a fully-equipped kitchen on the site with a private chef that will prepare meals exclusive to your tastes. There will also be a private house manager available to assist you in case you have any special requests during the stay. The Ted’s house is equipped with everything you may need including complimentary snacks, nonalcoholic beverages, high-speed internet, flat-screen, and a stocked pantry.
The main floor of Ted’s house has three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a beautiful four-poster king bed and a gorgeous en suite bathroom. Ted’s personal study is also adjacent to the room. The first floor also has a spacious living room with an elegant four-tiered stacked stone, wood-burning fireplace, which is perfect for a cozy night in.
There is a flat-screen TV in the room as well, making it great for movie nights and fun conversations. The other two queen bedrooms are comfortable and unique. The 1950’s retrofitted kitchen and additional bathroom are also available.
On the second floor, you will find a textbook hideaway. It has another queen bedroom and a separate room with an additional three beds. This means that the ranch can comfortably house 11 guests at one time. Right next to Ted’s house are three additional annex apartment rooms with their own bathroom, queen bed, and kitchenette.
The expansive and incredible landscape of the Ladder Ranch is the best way to experience nature. You will be provided with Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) guides who will be ready to assist you on any activities or tours you plan to take while on vacation. The personal guide will even customize your itineraries as per your desire. You can go for nature walks in the area, as well as hiking and biking.
Glamping is an amazing way to explore nature since it allows you to have a pleasant vacation. You can surround yourself with the sights, smells, and sounds of nature and find that you are a new person by the end of it.
With glamping, you don’t have to worry about restless sleep, bugs flying around, flimsy tents, and sub-par meals. You can actually wake up fully rested and ready to explore the nature around you and enjoy the adventure. This way, you can truly connect with the scenic beauty of New Mexico.