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Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe

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Hyde Memorial State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located 8mi northeast of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Summertime activities include hiking and camping, and in the winter the park is popular for tubing on the snow-covered hillsides.
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  • Drove out-of-town visitors up to the Santa Fe Ski Area to see the views from the overlooks. Took a picnic lunch and stopped at a covered picnic table in Hyde Park. Although it was near the road, we go...  more »
  • Enjoyed our visit!park rangers were very helpful great option for mountain bicycling, hiking and just enjoying the views  more »
  • This is a great place for hiking, picnicking, camping, and family gatherings. Each time we get visitors from out of state, we make it a point to make this one of our adventures. At the ski basin, picn...  more »
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  • Dates of stay: 6-8 July 17: No water. Apparently there has not been water for quite sometime, but the only thing it currently mentions on the state park website is that there isn't water to the RV Dump Station. It should read "NO WATER THROUGHOUT ALL CAMPING AREAS". Nice park/area...heavily wooded. The main camping area is on the right just after the Hyde Park Visitor Center (as you are traveling 475 N). The RV loop is down a bit more on the left. RV Loop has power, paved spots, and concrete picnic tables (these sites are all reserved via the website). The park closely parallels NM-475. You will hear and see vehicles, but it's not extensive by any means. The sign at the entrance to the main campground does not recommend RVs 35 feet or bigger. I'd have to agree with that. The spots aren't really set up to easily drive past and back into a spot. Although Spot 6 would fit a large 35 ft RV it's almost impossible to drive past the spot and back in even with a 12-18 ft travel trailer. Spot 8 and 29 are easy to back in with a trailer trailer. Spot 26 is a nice pull through. The main road through the campground is one-way. The website states 50 Developed Sites, but several areas were not open (the loop that has Spots 1-4, the area with Spots 34-36 and the overflow were closed). The loop that has spots 11-17 is very tight for a travel trailer...I'm actually quite surprised it is not restricted just to tent camping. A large 5th wheel (if it wasn't 35 ft it wasn't too far from that length) got stuck on that loop (see pics). I believe the driver stopped on the incline just before the very tight turn at the top of the loop and could not get going again (kept spinning tires...4wd too!) The Rangers tried helping with a front end loader/backhoe, but it was too much. The next morning a large wrecker truck spent 3 hours getting the rig freed. There are two pay stations, one at the beginning of the main road and one about half-way through the park. The vault toilets are not cared for as well as the other SPs I've stayed at. The two by Group Site #2 in particular needed attention (one had no toilet paper and the other had no lock on the door) Nice hiking trails throughout the park. West Circle Trail (2.2 miles) was a good workout...(steep and rocky in areas, loose rock/dirt, etc). Waterfall trail nice, but the waterfall was more like a water-trickle. You can get a good idea if the waterfall is in full effect because the trail up to the fall parallels the creek that the waterfall feeds...if no water in creek, no water at the waterfall. Still a nice little hike and nice rock face. No cell service...I have Verizon and there was no service at the park...if you drive 3-4 miles in either direction on NM-475 you start picking up service. Santa Fe Ski Area is about 6 miles from the park.
  • Rating the camping here. No water, and they locked our car out! Otherwise, very nice
  • Quiet, Isolated Park just outside Santa Fe. Decent spots for camping, with lean-to shelters to put your tents (or horses) in. Water available during on-season. Trail Maps and Markers for the day hikers, but markers get scarce further along the overlook trail. Pretty decent climb/elevation for lowlanders (tourists) like myself.
  • Several inches of snow. Great sledding. Short drive from Santa Fe. Awesome place to get the kids out of the house and enjoying nature for a bit.
  • Beautiful locale with great hiking trails. Go see the waterfall!

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