Date of Stay: March, 2010
We camped here to enjoy the birding in southeastern Arizona. Patagonia is a cute little town, and this is a nice, quiet little park. There was plenty of room in the pull through site for our extra-long rig. The owner was very pleasant, and the sites were level. Very pet friendly. Highly recommend the Velvet Elvis for gourmet pizza. Will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
We stayed here overnight during our weekend trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which is three miles away. Although this is a no frills campground, our gravel site was large and level. We were at the far west edge of the campground, and there were about 30 Gambel's quail, 18 white crowned sparrows and 2 towhees at our feeders when we got up in the morning. Sandhill cranes flew right over the campground during morning fly out and evening fly in. The owner was very pleasant and escorted us to our site. The campground is very pet friendly. There are trains, but they were not a problem. There are two restaurants, the Owl Cafe and the Buckhorn Saloon, in San Antonio in San Antonio that vie for the title of "best green chile cheeseburger." They are both excellent! Socorro (10 miles away) is a nice little college town with shopping and a good brew pub. This is a nice little campground at a nice price. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
We stayed here in both December 2008 and January 2009. The campground is near Taos Ski Valley (about 20 minutes or so), which was our main reason for staying there. The level, gravel sites were plenty long enough to accommodate our large 5th wheel rig and pickup. The owners were friendly and pleasant, and both times worked pretty steadily to keep the area in good shape despite significant snowfall. The campground was pet friendly. It was really cold--near zero every night that we stayed there. Restrooms and showers were sparkling clean, and there is a nice little convenience store. The 360 degree views and the night sky were amazing! This campground gives you the illusion that you are away from it all, even though you are less than 10 minutes from town. It is about 5 minutes or so from the Taos Gorge bridge, which is not for the faint of heart! The campground was fabulous in the winter; it might be a bit hot and dusty in the summer, but the natural vegetation and some small trees appear to be well maintained. We loved listening to the coyotes sing at night. There is a large picnic shelter with grills in the center of the campground. I highly recommend Orlando's Restaurant in Taos for excellent New Mexican food. Be sure to stop at the Overland Sheepskin Company on your way in to town. We also shopped at Artemisia on the plaza and bought some gorgeous and expensive one-of-a-kind handmade clothing and ties. We had a great time! There is no cable TV, and the Wi-Fi was weak; however this did not affect us as we have satellite and Verizon broadband access. We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
This is a fun family campground on the San Juan River in northern New Mexico. There is a short (1 + mile) dirt road into the campground, which gets bad if it has been raining. The sites are large enough for our 35" 5th wheel plus pickup, and we saw a couple of 40 footers in neighboring sites. There is ample room between sites. Note that you have to share water with several sites, so you have to fill your tank and disconnect. The birdwatching was amazing. We had several dozen hummingbirds at our feeders. There were finches, siskins and grossbeaks as well as numerous other birds. There is good fishing on the San Juan river, which is a very short walk from the campground. All sites have picnic tables; many are covered. Every site has a grill. There are fire rings, but it is a good idea to bring your own firewood. There is also a dump station at the campground. Be sure to use the state reservation system as this campground fills up quickly, and you cannot count on space being available, especially on the weekends.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
We stayed in this very nice park on our shakedown run with our new used 5th wheel. The park was very accommodating with our reservation and escort to site, even though we arrived shortly after the office was closed. The site was long enough for our 37' fifth wheel plus long bed crew cab pickup. Check their map for sites with an extra parking place included! The park was clean and well maintained. The landscaping is very nice considering the arid location. Unfortunately the wind blew horribly the entire time that we were there so we did not explore the facilities as much as we might have otherwise. The park was well run and quiet. Even though it is fairly close to I-40 we did not notice significant traffic noise. There is a good place to walk your dogs, although there are some goathead (puncture vine) stickers to watch out for. It is very close to the Route 66 Casino, which has a decent buffet and reasonable diesel fuel. The FJ Truckstop is even closer at the Unser exit (the next exit to the east). This is definitely the best facility in Albuquerque. I would have rated it higher had it not been in a very desolated area with little vegetation, but then this is New Mexico!
Date of Stay: December, 2007
We camped here in December 2007 to take advantage of the excellent Colorado skiing. The owners were very pleasant and helpful in taking our reservation and getting us set up. The setting is lovely, right on the river. Our site was on an ice skating pond, which is a fishing pond in the summer. We were there right after Christmas, and the place was attractively decorated with Christmas lights. The park is about 15 miles from Durango, 20 miles from Vallecito Reservoir and 45 miles from Pagosa Springs. There is a Steamworks Brewery about a mile away with microbrews and good food. There is also an hardware store very close by. The cable television and FREE Wi-Fi were excellent. We will definitely stay here again!
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is a very scenic, well-run campground. There are many trees, and it is right on the Rio Grande. There are quite a few sites right on the river. There was a friendly, helpful escort to our riverfront site. The park was quiet, and the other campers were pleasant and friendly. There was reasonable space between the sites. It did not feel like a parking lot on the river, although the pull-through sites were closer together. The (free) WiFi signal was intermittent on the river sites, but strong closer to the office. There was a nice area to walk and exercise the dogs. Definitely the nicest park in the South Fork/ Creede area. We will certainly stay there again.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is our favorite campground! The hosts are extremely pleasant and accommodating, and the setting is just gorgeous. The campground is meticulously maintained. The WiFi signal is strong. Be sure to book your space early as it really fills up in July and August with Texans trying to escape the summer heat. Many people come back year after year for a month or two. It is about 45 minutes from Telluride, which is a lovely day trip. The Dolores River runs right through the campground, and the fishing is decent. Bring supplies as it is a half hour drive to the WalMart in Cortez. There are several trails around the campground which are great for walking dogs. The campground provides free firewood (contributions accepted). We will definitely stay there again.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
This is a lovely family state park campground. We have stayed here at least twice a year for at least 15 years. Be sure to make your reservations early for peak times. The online reservation process is quite simple. There are wonderful views of the lake from many of the sites, and several paths from the campground down to the lake. More primitive camping is located in 3 other loops, which have at least 100 additional sites. These are not suitable for RVs or large trailers. There is no water and electricity on those loops, but you can use the restrooms and showers located in the more developed areas. There is a large marina with a good boat ramp, boat rental, courtesy docks and supplies. There is world class trout fishing below the dam, and you can find more supplies as well as fishing tips and guided fishing if you wish in the town of Navajo Dam. The restrooms were thoroughly cleaned every day. Most of the Pine River campsites are in the pinon/juniper woods surrounding the lake, so there are places to hang a hammock. All campsites have grills and fireplaces. There are a number of coves below the campground suitable for swimming and inflatable boats. Cell phone reception is good at the main campground, at the marina and on the lake, but I could not get television reception. It looks as if some of the sites closer to the lake were getting a television signal.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
This is a very nice, reasonably priced park. The owners are very nice and accommodating. This is definitely a no-frills park, but the location is convenient, and the price is right! They are open year 'round, so this is a good place to stay when you are skiing at Purgatory. The park is quiet and pleasant. We stay here 2-3 times per year, and we will stay there again in the future. I would rate it higher if there were cable tv.