Hyde Memorial State Park

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A nice campground in the Sangre de Cristo mountains outside of Santa Fe. This campground/picnic area is popular, and with good reason. The trailhead for the Hyde Park Loop is nearby, and part of the loop is through the campground.

This campground is right next to Black Canyon.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico State Parks; Hyde Memorial
Official URL:State Parks campground web page
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
CG elevation: 8497ft; 2590m
Campsite count: 50. 50 are normal campsites. 7 have electricity, and are more parking-lot like.
Visual density: 2.50. Range was 0 to 5.
Fee: $10.00. $14.00 for sites with electricity.
Season: All year. Winter snow may make the park inaccessible at times (until the road is plowed).
Dogs: Unknown.
Horses: No.
Handicapped accessible: Unknown.
General tent notes: Many excellent flat areas for tents.
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
RV parking notes: Pull-through and pavement at electric hookup portion. Some others are effectively pull-through because parking is along the road. Parking is on gravel in the main camping area.
General RV notes: RV max length unknown.

Water is available, just no water hookups at the electric RV sites.

The RV dump station is down the road from the RV sites.

General notes: The picnic tables are sheltered; at least two shelters have fireplaces.

The park has a playground.

The entrance gate is locked at night, 11pm&endash;8am.

Many campsites are near the ski area road, and hence there is road noise.

Glass containers are prohibited in the park.

Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am.

Campground facilities: water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s) (In some areas you have a short walk to get to them.), flush toilet(s) (only at the visitor center, which has limited hours.), fire pit, electrical hookups (Only in the parking-lot-like electric area.), RV dump station (The RV dump station is down the road from the RV sites.), reservation sites (877-664-7787), water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s) (In some areas you have a short walk to get to them.), flush toilet(s) (only at the visitor center, which has limited hours.), fire pit, electrical hookups (Only in the parking-lot-like electric area.), RV dump station (The RV dump station is down the road from the RV sites.), reservation sites (877-664-7787), water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s) (In some areas you have a short walk to get to them.), flush toilet(s) (only at the visitor center, which has limited hours.), fire pit, electrical hookups (Only in the parking-lot-like electric area.), RV dump station (The RV dump station is down the road from the RV sites.), reservation sites (877-664-7787).
Campground attractions: hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, history, stream, year-round access, hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, history, stream, year-round access, hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, history, stream, year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2001-08-04 2007-08-17 2001-08-04 2007-08-17 2001-08-04 2007-08-17
Cleanliness: 8. 7. 15 small pieces and 3 larger pieces in our campsite. 8. 7. 15 small pieces and 3 larger pieces in our campsite. 8. 7. 15 small pieces and 3 larger pieces in our campsite.

Waypoints:

Waypoint Type Description
HMSPHMCampgroundHyde Memorial State Park
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Maps:

Geohack online map list

Paper maps:

Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah Automobile Club of Southern California 1998 1:0 N Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (purchase) Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.
McClure Reservoir USGS 1976 1:24000 Y from sar.lanl.gov (free)
Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests US Forest Service 2004 1:54000 Y From the National Forest Store (purchase)
Santa Fe BLM 1996 1:100000 Y Public Lands Information Center (purchase)
Santa Fe USGS 1954 1:250000 Y from sar.lanl.gov (free)
Santa Fe National Forest US Forest Service 2004 1:126720 N From the National Forest Store (purchase) East half
Wildernesses of New Mexico US Forest Service 1981 1:1000000 N No online copies. Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.

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Getting to the campground:

From the Santa Fe Plaza, head north on Washington Ave. Just past the pink Scottish Rite Temple, turn right on Artist road; the sign says that Hyde State Park and the Santa Fe Ski Basin are this way. Drive about seven miles and you will see the sign for the Hyde Memorial State Park on your right. There are a couple of entrances into the park, which lead to dirt roads which more-or-less parallel the road you drove from Santa Fe on.

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About the campground:

Diana in campsite 10

Most of the picnic tables are covered by shelters like these. They will come in handy when the summer thunderstorms arrive.

The stream in the next picture is just off the left of this picture.

A stream runs beside many of the campsites. You can see the stream here as it passes campsite 10.
The stream near site 10

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Wed Jun 4 10:17:32 2003 a local family from Santa Fe NM said:
This is a very nice and well maintained campground. The sites are well spaced and include picnic tables fire pits with grill grates. Its family oriented and relatively quiet. There are an adequate number of pit toilets throughout the campground. The playground is safe and in excellent condition. Theres a lot of space to have fun in and also a gentle stream for the kids to play in. Thunderstorms frequently roll in during the summer afternoons but dont let that discourage you from staying in this beautiful area. The rain tends to leave as quickly as it droped in. Chipmonmks abound through the campground. On a scale of 15 5 being the very best our family would rate this campground as a high 4. Our last stay was 53003.

On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 17:03:07 Diana from Colorado said:
It was absolutely beautiful - small "lean-to" huts to keep things dry - large, convenient and clean. However, it was THE noisiest place I have ever camped. Huge group sites mixed in with individual sites with large parties, cars "cruising" the loop road with music blaring and teens congregating around restroom parking lots (intimidating). The park rangers made regular rounds and said nothing.

Black Canyon "next door" (actually both were the same rate) is gorgeous and quiet and the forest service doesn't put up with these types of activities! Just a heads up.

On Fri Aug 19 12:32:17 2005 Gail Bryant from somewhere said:
I enjoyed staying here. The campgrounds were clean and well spaced. The only problem was the noise from the highway. There were lots of big noisy trucks. Otherwise, it was fine.

On Wed May 31 10:16:15 2006 Michael C. from Kansas City. MO said:
A great place to camp. My family and I get there about two times a year for the past 6 years. We love it!

On Sun May 11 23:38:45 2008 Family of 5 and a dog! from Albuquerque, NM said:
Great place to camp. The shelter sure is nice during the high winds. The play structure is in a great location.

We were fortunate to camp next to the structure and our children loved it! The camp was quiet while we were there. We will definitely be visiting again!

On Sat May 31 17:17:29 2008 Anonymous from Rio Rancho, NM said:
We really liked this campground, but we will not go back. Our family camped at Hyde probably a total of 4 times. The first 3 times we had a lot of fun, everyone was very friendly. Last time, we woke up to go home and our two back tires were slashed. We had to pay for a tow truck from Santa Fe to tow us out. NOT a good experience.

On Sun Nov 16 15:42:51 2008 Anonymous from Santa Fe NM said:
This Campground sucks, and is boring and dirty.

On Sun Nov 16 15:47:09 2008 Anonymous from Santa Fe NM said:
I agree. The lack of campground hosts picking up all the trash in the river, made in dispicible. I nearly threw up with the smell

On Wed Dec 10 10:52:53 2008 Anonymous from Albuquerque, NM said:
There are not campground hosts in November nonetheless everyone should pick up after themselves, campground hosts should not be mommy and daddy to those who feel other should pick up for them.

On Thu Jul 23 13:57:49 2009 JA Smith from Norman, OK said:
We discovered Hyde Memorial Park on our honeymoon in 1975. We have been returning here from Oklahoma every year since. Being a teacher, we try to come each August just before school starts up again. It has been the most wonderful camping experience for us. Lots of memories. Our two girls think Hyde Park is thier second home. Don't let some of the other reviews influence your choice. This is a great spot. There is the occasional noise to deal with but that happens everywhere. More than not it is peaceful and quiet here. Happy camping.

On Mon Aug 17 00:09:26 2009 Unhappy from santa fe, nm said:
Loud drunk party people, lots of day users that are also loud, sites too close to one another, no camp host. Do not camp here unless you like lots of loud people right next to you. Too bad for such a beautiful place.

On Wed Oct 14 08:48:18 2009 ponderosa from Tijeras, NM said:
Main camping area is located on a gravel road. This makes for dusty camping. In the past we have had unfriendly encounters with rangers. One time they wrecked our evening meal by approaching us and ordering us to remove our wine bottle from our table (no glass allowed). Another time a ranger approached my wife near a stream and told her to stop gathering mushrooms, which she was NOT doing! Another time we were jolted awake @ 1:00AM by a series of loud explosions which turned out to be rangers attempting to scare off bears (in 50 years of camping in the West this is the only time I have seen this done). Another time our camping partners were admonished by rangers for not having the proper papers on a vehicle that she had used to join her husband who had previously set up a the camp. We no longer use this area as the authorities are so inhospitable and unwelcoming.

On Wed Oct 21 11:48:49 2009 Les from Somewhere said:
Don't stay at Hyde Park. In short, I stayed there twice this summer while I was attending school. Once for three weeks, which went ok (except they don't have running water), then came back about 3 weeks later for the remainder of my schooling.

The ranger in charge of the park, let's call him "Bob", sold me my annual pass and we talked at length when I arrived. He knew my schedule and had my cell phone number on file.

He decided on July 29th that my site was abandoned. He didn't check his records, didn't ask his deputies about my site- his deputies and I talked the day I arrived for my second stay and handled my park paperwork. They knew exactly who I was, what I was doing, how long I was staying and my attendance schedule.

So, to keep this brief, "Bob" decided my site was abandoned (which it wasn't) and had his people take down my site. They helped themselves to a couple hundred dollars worth of gear. I got most of my stuff back due to the efforts of Mike Sanchez, but not the missing gear. I was provided with phone numbers to call and file my complaint, which I promptly did. After several weeks of back and forth discussions with "Bob's" superiors, it was determined that "Bob" didn't do his job. I was given a form to fill out with the instructions that "You can send that in, but we don't give reimbursements."

It went nowhere, and "Bob" still has his job. So, if you like the idea of having your gear stolen, by all means... stay there.

I won't stay there again. I highly recommend you don't, either.

On Mon Aug 16 15:30:37 2010 Tom from Albuquerque from Albuquerque, NM said:
I was shot at with a BB gun in this State Park. Here is the letter I wrote to the superindendant.

I am writing to inform you of an incident that took place at Hyde State Park at approximately 6:30pm on Friday 13th 2010. My 12 year old son and I were parked in our RV in site #26 as we had been for two previous nights. An SUV pulled up to the site above us (#28 I think) and four children and a woman got out. A few minutes later, all of the children were running around with BB guns and shooting up the place. They were shooting at the outhouse and other park features, and I think even at each other. I went out to the road to see what was going on and one of the kids gave me a sly wave. I walked around to the other side of the camper and I heard a clink and then a BB landed right in front of me. The BB had bounced off of my camper and landed right in front of me. I yelled “Hey” at the kids and they all disappeared behind the rock shelter. I was extremely angered and went up to the woman and showed her the BB and I was yelling at her. She asked “are you yelling at me?” to which I replied “yes, one of your kids just shot at my campsite” she replied “I’m sorry.” And that was it. I proceeded down the hill to the office and happened upon a ranger patrolling up the road. I showed him the BB and he said he would go up and talk to her. So he did, and after about 10 minutes came back to me and first chided me for talking “aggressive” to the woman. Then he said he told them to put their guns away and that was all he did. I was expecting him to at least give them a citation or even tell them to leave. I will never stay at another NM State Park.

On Sat May 31 00:33:08 2014 Donald from Albuquerque, NM said:
This is a great place. My wife and I found a site that so far away from the site to the left & right that we couldn't even see them. It was well of the road through the site also. (#8 if I remember correctly)

Covered picnic table and fire pit.

The trails were nice. The one that runs along the creek is very easy and the other that leads to the waterfall is easy and very scenic. The waterfall is very cool.

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