New Mexico State Park: Hyde Memorial
Hyde Memorial State Park is a tiny little park near Santa Fe. As we were following our GPS to get there, we thought for sure we were lost, as it was taking us through old Santa Fe. Eventually we got out of the neighborhood and back to a main road and found or way to the campground. The GPS was correct. The route to get there was just weird.
Hyde Memorial is a small, small campground and there wasn’t much there other than the campground. It was located on the way to Santa Fe Ski area, and it was right off of the road. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful location, this was NOT it. But it’s a beautiful spot near the ski area, if that’s your thing.
We stayed on a late winter weekend and there was constant, noisy traffic heading to and from the ski area. At night there wasn’t that much traffic, so it was relatively quiet. It was really dark and there was good star-viewing. All of the RV sites were back in sites – well marked, large, and flat. The hook ups were easy to reach. The sites were well spaced out and we felt we had plenty of room and privacy.
It is in the mountains so there were evergreens all around, plenty of shade, fresh smell to the air, and it was beautiful. There were only vault toilets and no showers. There were some hiking trails at the RV site, and on the road up to the ski area there were a lot of trail heads. I took a drive to check out the ski area (which was packed…during COVID. I imagine when it is not COVID it is even more packed) and there were paved parking lots at a lot of trail heads. I didn’t take any of the hikes because I wasn’t prepared, but they all looked like they would be beautiful.
As I drove up the mountain to the ski area aspens overtook the pine trees and I imagine if you were to camp here in the autumn you would see a beautiful turning of the leaves. At this campground there was no cell service and our wifi thing couldn’t pick up any signal for us to use wifi. Since we weren’t prepared to be cell phone free for the weekend, we drove down the mountain about 5 miles till we had some reception. R called her family to let them know we were alive and I downloaded a lot of books on my kindle since I hadn’t packed any real books.
Camping at NM state parks costs $10/night, $14/night with electricity. But with the annual camping pass, you camp for free or for $4 with electricity hookup. R’s family got us one for her birthday this year and we are using it to death!