Hyde Memorial State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

High in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, where the pine and spruce forests grow tall and thick along Little Tesuque Creek, you’ll find Hyde Memorial State Park. This 340-acre park boasts high mountain peaks, intricate rock formations, and emerald green evergreen forests. Established in 1938, the park is named for Benjamin Talbot Hyde, a successful businessman who later donated hundreds of acres to the state of New Mexico for public use, including the lands that became Hyde Memorial State Park. 

Visitors come to the park to enjoy the beautiful hiking trails, which wind through forests of pine and aspen trees and lead to cascading waterfalls and panoramic overlooks of Sante Fe. As a natural refuge, there are many opportunities to spot various wildlife in the park including foxes, porcupines, coyotes, and butterflies. During the winter, the park’s snow-covered hillsides are popular for winter sports like tubing, sledding, and cross-country skiing.

If you’re searching for a state park with pristine scenery in a quiet natural setting, then consider Hyde Memorial State Park. It’s also easily accessible from Santa Fe, which is just a short drive from the park. Read further for details on where to stay, eat, and play during your trip to Hyde Memorial State Park.

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Spring 33-63 F
Summer 53-84 F
Fall 36-65 F
Winter 19-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hyde Memorial State Park

Across the country, state parks offer visitors a glimpse into the natural beauty that we often bypass in our daily lives. And the best part? Many have excellent campgrounds and facilities for overnight visitors — including Hyde Memorial State Park. 

If you want to stay near the park, consider renting an RV. Not only are they a popular way to enjoy state parks, they also include modern amenities like air conditioning, full-size beds, and showers. RVshare makes it easy to find and rent an RV near your home or travel destination. Close to Hyde Memorial State Park, you can find RVs in Sante Fe and stay in campgrounds like:

Hyde Memorial State Park Campground

Take in beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Black Canyon by staying in the park’s campground, which offers 50 campsites and limited electrical hookups. Hike trails like Hyde Park Loop, trek to the waterfall, or enjoy a quiet moment surrounded by thick forests of pine and aspen trees. Rates are $14 per night.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes 
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, trails, hiking, winter sports, wildlife watching, playground, picnic tables, fire rings, standing grill, dumping station

Santa Fe Skies RV Park

On a bluff outside Santa Fe, this well-maintained RV park has 98 sites with full hookups. Alongside clean restrooms and hot showers, the park also features a collection of sculptures and antique machinery, miles of walking trails, and sunset views over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Rates are $56-58 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundromat, walking trail, dumping station

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What to Do at
Hyde Memorial State Park

Inside Hyde Memorial State Park

Set in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 8,500 feet above sea level, Hyde Memorial State Park is filled with thrilling outdoor adventure. Hiking, picnicking, and wildlife watching are available year-round, while snowy winters are ideal for winter sports like tubing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. The park also hosts various events during the year including the annual Music in the Mountains festival.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking - Explore the park by hiking the nature trails that weave through ponderosa pine and spruce forests. Waterfall Trail is an easy hike that winds along the Little Tesuque Creek and through the Black Canyon to reach a picturesque waterfall. For a challenge, take the West Circle Trail over rocky terrain and up steep elevation to get a birds eye view of Santa Fe. 

Wildlife Watching - As a natural wildlife refuge, the park is filled with opportunities to watch for deer, foxes, porcupines, coyotes and other animals. You can also see numerous species of birds like sandhill cranes, hawks, and sparrows, as well as  butterflies. Try to spot them while out on the trails!

Winter Sports - During winter, fresh snow blankets the hillsides and mountains, transforming the park into a winter wonderland perfect for cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, and other winter sports — you’ll just need to bring your own equipment! 

Outside Hyde Memorial State Park

Fifteen miles outside of Hyde Memorial State Park lies Santa Fe, a city influenced by Mexican, Native American, and Anglo cultures as reflected in the architecture, food, art, and history of the area. Drive downtown to explore more of Santa Fe’s bustling art markets, exciting restaurant scene, and historical sites. If you’re seeking more experiences in the great outdoors, then head toward the Santa Fe National Forest or stay in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and other recreational fun.

Restaurants

The Pantry

This lively restaurant dishes out New Mexican staples to scores of hungry customers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Order dishes like stuffed brisket sopaipilla with green chile or French toast topped with berry compote for a meal that is both delicious and filling.

Type: American

Location: Sante Fe, NM

La Choza Restaurant

Add some spice to your night by dining at this Mexican eatery. Decorated with colorful artwork, you’ll enjoy authentic Mexican entrees like the chili relleno, blue-corn enchiladas, chicken quesadillas, tamales with Xmas chile, and more.

Type: Mexican

Location: Sante Fe, NM

Jambo Cafe

This eclectic restaurant serves mouth-watering dishes inspired by a myriad of cuisines including Swahili, Indian, Arabic, and Caribbean. Try favorites like coconut chicken curry, jerk chicken wings, and Caribbean goat stew for a meal that will delight your taste buds.

Type: Afro-Caribbean

Location: Sante Fe, NM

Sightseeing

Santa Fe Plaza

Known as Sante Fe’s cultural hub, this plaza has played a pivotal role in the city since 1610. The plaza features historical landmarks like the Palace of the Governors, Spanish and Native American markets, restaurants, art galleries, and souvenir shops. No matter the day, the Plaza is always humming with activity!

Location: Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico History Museum & Palace of the Governors

This museum holds the key to discovering New Mexico’s diverse history — from the Pueblo Indians and Mexican settlers to Spanish conquistadors and the Wild West — through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and short films. It also includes access to the Palace of the Governors, the nation’s oldest public building. Admission is $7 for residents, $12 for non-residents.

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Constructed in 1869, this cathedral is both a stunning example of Romanesque architecture and an active Catholic church. Tour the interior to learn more about its history and observe the lovely stained glass windows or stroll through the peaceful gardens to watch the sunset cast a golden glow on the church’s facade.

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Puye Cliff Dwellings

These dwellings were once home to the Pueblo people who farmed and hunted in the Rio Grande River Valley until 1540. The site is now open for visitors to explore the split-level cave and cliff dwellings and walk through the steep stairways and pathways. Tours cost $20 for adults, $18 for children.

Location: Los Alamos, NM

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How to Get to
Hyde Memorial State Park

Hyde Memorial State Park is located 8 miles northeast of Sante Fe. 

From Santa Fe, head north on Washington Ave and continue onto Bishops Ave. Turn right on Artist Road and continue onto NM-475/Hyde Park Road for 7 miles before reaching the park’s entrance.

Address: 740 Hyde Park Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Entering Hyde Memorial State Park

Admission is $5 per vehicle. The park is open 24 hours a day.

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