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! 

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Hyde Memorial State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Hyde Memorial State Park?

At Hyde Memorial State Park, each season offers fun activities. You can ski cross-country and snowshoe in the winter, or hike in the cool autumn air. During the summer the vistas are lush and gorgeous.

What is the climate of Hyde Memorial State Park?

Despite New Mexico's reputation as a desert state, the park has quite a moist climate. During the summer, it rains once every two or three days. Winters are cold without being brutal, and the spring and summer are mild.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Hyde Memorial State Park?

Hyde Memorial State Park has lots of wildlife. You could encounter a porcupine, a fox, a coyote, and a deer while enjoying the spectacular mountain views, all within a few steps of each other.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Hyde Memorial State Park?

The park's RV sites have electricity but no water or sewer hookups. They can accommodate 53-foot RVs. These RV sites at Hyde Memorial State Park are first come, first served.

Are pets allowed at Hyde Memorial State Park?

Dogs are welcome at the park. They must be always leashed and under control. Unlike some other parks, you may take your dog with you along the hiking trails but you must clean up after them.