I've been going back and forth between a schweet boondocking spot in Elephant Butte SP and the riverside primitive camping at Caballo Lake SP. Both spots are free since I have the NM annual camping pass; otherwise, EB would be $8/night and Caballo $10/night.
Elephant Butte is my favorite because I'm guaranteed to have the place to myself. I camp in the only spot that's not too sandy for a rig; it's a terrific find, and there's very little traffic past my camp. I prop open the door to give Jake and the cats free access to the great outdoors. Big plus, there's a dumpster within walking distance. I would stay here long term but I'm limited to 14 days at a stretch.
Boondocking at Elephant Butte
Primitive camping at Caballo, with a great shade tree.
Weekends at Caballo can get a bit crowded for my solitary preferences but I don't begrudge anyone taking a much needed break from their nine to five grind, and it's nice to see and hear kids outside playing. I know Sunday will come and they'll all pack up and head back home while I'm lucky enough to be able to keep on camping and enjoying these beautiful days in this beautiful spot.
Much appreciation to everyone who stopped in to read and comment on my first post. You've all made me feel welcome and that's no small thing. Thank you.