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We really enjoyed our stay at this park and were treated to a white Christmas. I'm giving it a 9 because some of the sites do have a front-to-back slope problem. We were in site 1 with a 32ft travel trailer, and the front hitch had to be lowered to about 10" above the ground to be level. I can see this being a problem in motorhomes. Site 1 also has several cabins that kind of ruin the view on the passenger side. The other oddity was that the back-in sites had fire pits but the pull-thrus did not. The hosts and grounds crew were friendly and busy little bees. We had a good Verizon signal. TV, however, consisted of a few Spanish-speaking channels and one analog NBC station. The caverns themselves were interesting in their uniqueness, but not as impressive as others we've seen. I do definitely recommend doing a tour, though. Propane and the Walmart in Benson are only about 20 minutes away.

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This is a clean and quiet park, but as is typical of NM state parks, the layout and sites are a bit outdated. It took us a solid hour to get our triple-slideout 32ft travel trailer backed into A5 with leveling blocks because of the tree, rear charcoal grill, and wooden sideposts to maintain a dinette view of something other than the tree while having enough width for our opposing slideouts. One slideout is 1 inch from a side pole and the other is slightly touching the juniper on the other side. Many sites are on the short side and many have front-to-back slope issues for longer trailers. The host was very kind and helpful and I always saw him out picking up dog poop from empty sites. Verizon signal varies from site to site. In A5 we had a somewhat useable 3G signal which was a good 4G signal on our booster. Sites A2, A4, A5, and A7 in the Rocky Point Electric loop have 50 amps, the rest in the loop have 30. The sites tending towards the southeastern half of the loop have water, the others do not, though there is a pullover in the loop to fill your tank. Only a few sites in this loop have a lake view.

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Beautiful, clean campground with a swimming beach. Some sites have 50 amp, most have 30 amp. Friendly gate attendant called us before our arrival to let us know she had to leave at a certain time due to an emergency. We had a good Verizon signal here. The campground layout was fairly confusing to us at first - it could use some signage for directing you to sites. Most sites are right on the lake. We were surprised by the absence of bugs during our August stay.

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The sites at the south end of the Kanza loop are mostly covered by trees and fairly spacious with flat concrete pads. Those at the north end are more utilitarian, crammed next to each other on a gravel lot. We very much enjoyed our stay here, but be warned there can be a LOT of bugs here in August. We had a swarm of hundreds clinging to our slideouts and I had to have my wife continually swat them away while I pulled in the slideouts on our departure morning. And no matter how fast you come in and out at night, expect your ceiling to have several dozen tiny new visitors each time you open the door. We had a good Verizon signal here and the campground's wifi worked well. It was very quiet during our midweek stay. Kanza site 34 has a great lake view if you have a passenger-side dinette. It looks like the ocean due to the flat terrain.

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This is a beautiful park on the lake and only about 10 minutes south of I-70. The Overland loop has a large central grassy area with a small playground. All sites have some view of the lake. The wifi signal was strong but the system made us re-login every several minutes which made it effectively unusable. Otherwise we had a good 4G Verizon signal. This is a good park for a leisurely bicycle ride and for children.

     

Raton KOA

Raton, New Mexico

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Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Driving lanes are huge and easy to navigate with a big rig. Wifi was extremely flaky and thus unusable. There were a lot of streetlights in the campground which I suppose is for security, but it made it difficult to sleep without hanging towels over all the bedroom windows and shutting interior doors. I would only stay here for an overnighter (which is what we did).

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The sites are huge and well layed out. Some have quite a bit more privacy than others. The biggest rigs in the world would have no problem navigating the Blanco loop. Verizon signal was patchy. We had a perfectly usable 4G at our site 45, but there were a lot of other sites with no signal at all, as we discovered on our walks. There are a couple sites with sewer available on the other loop but they have less privacy. We were a little disappointed that most of the sites offer no real view other than the pines, juniper and sage in this flat area. A few had some view of distant mountains and mesas. You wouldn't even know the lake was there if you didn't hike the short trail. Nearest grocery store is in Chama, which is about a 45 minute round trip. We did drive over to El Vado State Park and will definitely stay there next time. All of the sites at El Vado are right on the lake (some just feet from the dropoff down to the lake) with GORGEOUS views. The warning signs about trailer size on the road to El Vado are not applicable if you're going to the state park when coming from Hwy 84/Tierra Amarilla, which is the main route. It IS a problem if you try to come "the back way" along 112 from the southwest. Coming the back way is not something someone would normally do as it's a minimally maintained dirt road, but it's reasonable to assume that someone blindly following GPS might try that route and get themselves in trouble.

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This is a big-rig-friendly campground. Plenty of spots for our 32' triple-slideout travel trailer. The area is fairly heavily forested so solar power requires a lot of moving the panels throughout the day. My only complaints are lack of threaded water spigots and no dump station. You'll need to fill up your tank before arrival. But there is water available for filling jugs, etc. Trash dumpsters are severely spilling over for some reason but otherwise it's clean and well maintained. The sites are well laid out and for the most part are nicely spread out from one another. Sunday through Wednesday there's been no sound other than birds, thunder, and the breeze. Some sites have a weak but usable Verizon 3G signal, others have a good 4G signal. Fellow campers with AT&T have no signal. Two years ago we had no T-Mobile signal (can't speak for present day but it's likely the same). There is one special spot that has sewer, electric, and water. It appears to be a secondary host spot, but is currently not used by a host and is available if you're the lucky contestant.

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There are many sites here with amazing, beautiful views not only of the lake, but also of the surrounding mesas and mountains. It was completely quiet during our Sunday-Friday stay near the end of the season. The restrooms were clean, but I wasn't a fan of the shower - the water was reasonably warm, but the shower head added so much air to the spray that it was more like having a cold, windy mist blown on you. The airflow from the head even caused the shower curtain to swing way out. At least there was an overhead heat lamp in the changing area. I actually stepped out of the shower to warm up under it a couple times. Otherwise this is a great place to camp. Another reviewer commented on noise from pumps (just north of the Buffalo Grove bathrooms). I actually thought it was insects the first couple nights, so it's not an offensive sound at all. You'll only hear when it outdoors on a calm night. There is a very strong Verizon 4G signal here. Note the Buffalo Grove loop has 50-amp and water at each site. This loop has the best views if you want electric. The Juniper loop has electric but the water spigots are not site-specific and can be up to 100 ft from a site. Elk Run and Ringtail Cat have no electricity. Ringtail Cat sites are the closest to the lake.

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This is a big RV park. It's far enough off the interstate that you can't hear any road noise. The pull-thru sites are very long and spacious. It's super easy to navigate a big rig through this park. Lots of huge, nice rigs here. Our 32' travel trailer looked small in relation to everything else. :) The dog run is large but the entrance gate area was very muddy during our stay. We enjoyed the use of the large hot tub one cool evening. There were some areas of the roads in the park in need of repair, but the problems were avoidable while towing. The wifi was essentially useless but our Verizon signal was strong.

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We were assigned a spacious pull-thru site. It was very long with above-average spacing between the units. The park itself was exceptionally quiet during our 2-night stay. Staff was very friendly and the bathrooms were very clean. The only reasons I didn't give it a 10 is the highway noise is fairly noticeable and the dog run fences are a bit short for large dogs (ours could jump over easily if they wanted to). I'm just being nitpicky, though. :) Overall it's a great place.

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This is an exceptionally nice park. It's obvious the owners take a lot of pride in it. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The park is nicely wooded, shady, and grassy. It's on a river and backs right up to the Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge steam locomotive bridge across the river. Almost every site has some view of the train. Twice a day folks from the park gather and wave as the train goes by. We found the sites to be spacious. The Wi-Fi service is one of the better we've encountered. There are outdoor hotspots throughout the park. Given that there are 100 sites here, it functions quite well. (You'd never guess there are that many sites - the layout is attractively broken up) Verizon 4G is nearly full-strength.

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After checking in, we had to ask around to have both an ATV and car moved because it would not have been possible to maneuver in to our site. The whole park is a muddy mess when it rains, but then again so is most of Silverton. What seemed to be the owners and their friends were being rather loud outside the main building near our site until about 11 PM. Short-term sites are very close together with slideouts practically touching. Our site was sloped up at the truck end which made detaching and attaching our weight distribution bars almost impossible due to the angle. Wi-Fi crashed and disappeared during the one time I used it. I probably wouldn't stay here again. On the bright side, the staff was friendly and helpful.

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We stayed 2 nights here. It's a nice, quiet park. We lucked out and got a spot at the end of a row, so we had a fire pit and grass. Most sites did not have fire pits due to the proximity of the trailers. Lots of amenities including a pool and hot tubs. We had a good Verizon signal here. We were in the area up front that has some good trees. There is another area further back with no trees.

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We stayed for one night to break up the drive home. The campground is very quiet and serene. Host was very friendly. We were asked to limit our water usage to 5 gallons due to a water main break. We appear to have reserved the one pull-thru site with a somewhat steep front-to-back slope (I used 6 Lynx blocks to keep the tongue jack from extending too far). Great views across the endless landscape. As someone else mentioned, you can see the interstate and trains but cannot hear them at all. Despite the bright line-of-sight lights from Winslow, the night sky is very dark. Only a handful of sites have 50 amps, so do your homework if you require 50. We had good Verizon coverage and many over-the-air TV stations available.