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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  • I am an avid camper and RV’er now. I have NEVER felt threatened or scared to camp someplace until I tried to stay here and met Joe. He is terrifying. He sneaks up on you. He is not friendly. He consta...  more »
  • Has the most amazing views especially when the sun is about to set!! Its also nice during fall because of the leaves changing.  more »
  • This area is beautiful. There's not much to do, but if you are interested in taking a hike or a casual drive through the mountains, it's a stunning experience.  more »
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  • Scenic. Very scenic if you can make it to the top of the circle trail, but it is extremely difficult to get up there.
  • I am an avid camper and RV’er now. I have NEVER felt threatened or scared to camp someplace until I tried to stay here and met Joe. He is terrifying. He sneaks up on you. He is not friendly. He constantly threatens to “Call the ranger.” For example, I had to go back to town to go to an ATM to pay my park fee. When I returned it wasn’t late and I wanted to avoid shining my headlights in everyone’s campers so I went the technically wrong way on a wide road for thirty feet to pay my fee and go to me campsite another twenty feet away. This direction was uphill so my lights didn’t hit anyone’s windows. Suddenly Joe appears md just starts chewing me out. Doesn’t let me go pay. I asked him what it was he wanted me to do: reverse? Park quickly? Drive with NO lights on at all? Joe had no answer and continued to obstruct any progress. It was incredibly hostile and weird. Mind you this was at 1020 ok at night. It was dark. And I was alone. When I asked for his name he became upset and threatened to call the ranger then started radio-ing without any clear explanation. It was awful. He was awful. Does he just sit around all night looking for a reason to be upset and feel powerful? His excuse was that I spent to long in my car filling out the envelope to pay my fee. Seriously? It was the most awkward encounter of my lifetime camping as an Eagle Scout and beyond. If Joe is still there, avoid this place. I had to leave and went to sleep in trailer in a large parking lot in town. It felt way safer than being here.
  • Decent place. Views aren't so outstanding, but it's nice. Visitor center was closed when we pulled up, though that was where we were supposed to get our $5 parking permit. Had to drive around to multiple campsite stops to find a site that actually had permits to avoid a $25 fine. No bathroom at the visitor center either-- also have to drive up to a campsite for that. Aside from that though, we completed a difficult hike with our dog and enjoyed ourselves.
  • One of my favorite and top 3 state parks. :-) I've made a few videos while at this park, on my youtube channel 'RoadTrip Eddie'
  • The quickest drive to heaven 🕉️
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