Campground News

We opened for our regular season on March 12 . In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, we have instituted rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols at our facility. We have modified our registration and renewal procedures somewhat to minimize being in close proximity to one another. Maximum campground occupancy levels have been reduced. The campground convenience store and gift shop are operating with reduced hours. Opening the swimming pool this summer is likely, although state health regulations might limit capacity and require reserved times for usage.

Santa Fe County was upgraded to the lowest risk “Turquoise” status on March 25, 2021. More restaurant choices are now available, and museums are open with capacity limits. Be advised that wearing masks in public places is mandatory in the state of New Mexico. Still, the campground is a lovely place, and Santa Fe enjoys some of the cleanest air in the country and has many wonderful outdoor activities!

Because Santa Fe has so much to offer visitors, our guests would rather be sightseeing around town than driving all over the Southwest (see Helpful Links). Our newest attraction is the New Mexico History Museum.

We recently enhanced the coverage and speed of our FREE wireless internet service with multiple access points.

Our campers tell us that Rancheros de Santa feels like camping in a national forest, but with all the amenities. This is no asphalt parking lot!

The Galisteo Basin Preserve is located six miles south of the campground. Great hiking and mountain biking. Plus, we offer a free local hike-bike guide with descriptions and directions to trailheads.

We’ve taken a lot of measures to provide for a safe and enjoyable camping experience, while preserving our native plants and trees, and dark star-filled skies. We are an environmentally-friendly campground that voluntarily re-cycles wastewater for drip irrigation, as well as plastic and aluminum trash. View campground map.

Santa Fe was the 2017 winner for “Sense of Place” in the National Geographic World Legacy Awards.

In 2011 the World Health Organization ranked Santa Fe as one of the top-ten cities in the world for clean air! Conde Nast 2015 Reader’s Awards rated Santa Fe #3 Best Small City in the United States, with the #5 highest score in the world!

Eating well is a big part of life in New Mexico. Here is an guide to “Culinary Enchantment,” including the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, Ale Trail, and Breakfast Burrito Trail.

Some campground trivia:

  • A segment of the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way But Loose was filmed at the campground in 1978.
  • Early in the American Civil War, part of the Battle of Glorieta Pass was fought in Apache canyon, a mile east of the campground. You can see part of the battlefield from our hiking trail.
  • The original Santa Fe Trail passed through the canyon behind the campground.
  • We are located on Historic Route 66 (1926-1937), just a short scenic drive southeast from Old Town Santa Fe.  See our Directions page for details.

We look forward to seeing you. Happy trails!

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