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Camping with Kids Gallup 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!

Gallup KOA
(505) 722-2333
Gallup, NM
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground

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Cibola National Forest (McGaffey Campground)
(505) 287-8833
Fort Wingate, NM
Campground Availability
Max 15 thru 30-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Ruins Road Rv Park
(505) 334-3160
312 Ruins Rd
Aztec, NM
 
Jim's Rv Park
(505) 397-2551
615 N Marland Blvd
Hobbs, NM
 
Silver City Rv Park
(505) 538-2239
1304 N Bennett St
Silver City, NM
 
USA RV Park*
(505) 863-5021
2925 W. Hwy 66
Gallup, NM
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Red Rock State Park
(505) 722-3839
Gallup, NM
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Enchanted Moon Rv Park
(505) 758-3338
Highway 64
Taos, NM
 
Isleta Lakes & Recreation Area
(505) 877-0370
4051 Highway 47
Isleta, NM
 
Circle B Septic
(505) 378-4990
Highway 70
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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