Last-minute camping in the Southwest

5 great no-reservation campgrounds in New Mexico and Arizona

Camping in New Mexico

Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Ethan Welty/Alamy

La Cueva, NM

Near Pecos, NM

Near Flagstaff

Cimarron, NM

Near Springerville, AZ

Cutthroat Campground at Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: For a reprieve from the RV crowds at Big Lake, camp under the ponderosa pine and spruce at this small, tent-only campground a short walk from the beach. At 9,000 feet, the area offers a reprieve from Arizona’s summer heat.

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