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Camping with Kids Espanola NM

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Oh Kay Rv Park
(505) 753-5067
1216 N Riverside Dr
Espanola, NM
 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
(505) 988-6098
P.O. Box 728
Santa Fe, AL
 
Cottonwood RV Park
(505) 753-6608
Espanola, NM
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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Riana Campground (COE - Abiquiu Reservoir)
(505) 685-4371
Abiquiu, NM
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Town & Country Mobile Estates
(505) 624-1833
333 W Brasher Rd
Roswell, NM
 
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
(505) 988-6098
National Trails Intermountain Region PO Box 728
Santa Fe, AZ
 
Santa Fe National Forest (Black Canyon Campground)
(505) 753-7331
Santa Fe, NM
Campground Availability
15-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Bandelier National Monument (Juniper Campground)
(505) 672-3861
White Rock, NM
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Babbitt's Los Campos Rv Resort
(505) 473-1949
3574 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM
 
Rocky Mtn Mh & Rv Park
(505) 378-8068
Highway 70 E
Ruidoso Downs, NM
 
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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

little campers

My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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