Date of Stay: August, 2008
This park is beautifully maintained. There are no trees to speak of--some sites have covers over the picnic table. Otherwise bring your own shade. The lack of shade/trees was a disappointment when we first drove in. Everything else was so clean and pretty we soon got over our first concerns. But the real put off was the $6 a day entrance fee in addition to the $22 camping fee for each of the three days we camped there. I had never run into this charge before. Basically campers are charged the day use fee on top of the camping fee. Is this standard in Colorado Stay Parks? I have camped in FL, TX SC, NC, TN, OK and AK State Parks and never paid a daily admission fee on top of a camping fee. Additionally there were fees for using the showers. The other down side was loud music from other campsites that kept us awake until midnight two of the three nights we were there. I have decided noise is to be expected at any lakeside park that allows speedboats and individual water craft. It is just the nature of the beast. I don't like noise so I will avoid the speed boating crowd in the future.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Storrie Lake is a great base camp for touring the Las Vegas, NM area. The park is very close to town. It is clean and well managed. There are pull thru sites. If you want to forgo hookups, shelters and picnic table you can park right next to the lake. The developed sites back right up to a housing area. To avoid being near someone's backyard pick an inner loop site or opt for the sites at either end. All sites have wonderful 3 sided adobe shelters. It is a great value for the money. The gate is locked at night. If you do get locked out there is parking by the gate and you can walk in. This park is heavily used so reservations are a good idea is you want a developed site.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
I camped here one night in a tent on my way to NC. I got in after 6PM and found the office still open. The staff was very helpful. I got a wonderful private site with lots of space. It was a Saturday night and I did not have reservations. The camping area I assigned was not lake view but it was one of the best campsites and prettiest parks I have seen. I wish I had time to check out the trails and other facilities. I highly recommend this park.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
This is a very lovely well managed park. It does get crowded. Some of the sites are close together. I was there on a Thursday without reservations and had to settle for a tent site on the entrance road. I thought it would be noisy but the ranger closed the gate promptly at 10PM and opened it at 7AM. I spent a very quiet and peaceful night. I highly recommend this park. It is right on the Pecos River. There are good trails. There is a camping area on the mesa overlooking the park but the road up is only for the most daring RVer with a short rig and once you are there you will find it isn't half as nice as the riverside campsites. Unless you are tent camping be sure and get reservations.