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This is a good place to explore Albuquerque. The staff is very helpful. I loved the restored old trailers and cars. The trailers are for rent, BTW. This park is very convenient to I-40 and to Camping World. There is a gate so you can walk over to Camping World. There is also traffic noise from I-40. We slept through it most nights. Light sleepers may not. The park gets lots of overnighters from I-40 so it is heavily used. Smaller rigs generally can get in without a reservation on weekdays but larger rigs should make reservations. There is a freezer in the office with a good selection of ice cream bars. The pool was closed when we were there but would be great in the summer. There is little shade and the park is basically a gravel parking lot but it is clean and well cared for. Dogs are all on leashes and except for the road noise it is a very quiet and orderly place. We have stayed here before and would use it again if we were in the area.

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I am not a fan of KOAs but I do like this one. Yes it is on the side of a hill but there are plenty of trees and more privacy than the average parking lot KOA. It is cheaper than most KOAs. The road in is rough but that is not the fault of the park. Goatheads are part of NM. I have never gotten into them at this park but they are a pain especially to dogs. We have never had trouble getting level but we have a smaller trailer--20 feet. The owners are fine people. In the summers the husband who is a chef prepares meals. This is a small KOA. They do store trailers on a short term basis. We have stored our here twice. We never make reservations and have never had a problem getting a site. This is not a destination site but is a great overnight. The one problem is the dump. Make certain you get sewer. The dump is not properly designed and is difficult to hitch up to without a sewer hose extension.

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This is a wonderful state park. We have stayed here before. Last time it snowed. This time the weather was wonderful. Reservations are necessary any day of the week. The park was full all 5 days we were there. The showers in Loop B are very special. Even if you normally shower in your rig you should check them out. We came to Tucson on business but we will be back for recreation. Lots of birds for bird watching and great trails for hiking. You can also rent horses. We had a shady spot with lots of privacy. No ground/wood fires allowed. There is a grill in each site.

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This is a great place for over night. Convenient to I-25 and Las Cruces. Only 1 mile off I-25. We stayed in the Cactus Patch Loop with w&e. Nice covered picnic table on concrete pad. Clean rest rooms and showers. Good walking trails. A real value for the money. Reservations are needed for the w&e sights as this is a small campground near an interstate it gets heavy use. I have camped here several times and always enjoyed it. This time I arrived in a wind storm with gusts up to 60mph. The last few miles on I-25 I felt as if I was hauling a drunken trailer. Was really relieved to get to our camp site. High winds happen in the spring in NM. Couldn't do anything but hunker down and wait it out. Not the parks fault. Winds died down around 6PM as they usually do in that area. Winds were forecast for the next day also so we left at 7AM. HINT: Winds can be bad in NM but they usually show up in late morning and die down around 5PM.

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One of our favorite parks. We camp here twice a year. The park has gotten very popular with overnighters so reservations are needed for weekends. We got there on a weekday before 4PM and got the last first come site with W&E. No wind this trip but winds can be a problem in NM in the spring. If you are using GPS don't let it send you down Taylor Ranch RD unless you enjoy rough roads. Stay on Hwy 70 until you see the brown state park sign pointing to the park. It is not a scenic drive but the park is wonderful when you get to it. There are 2 loops . The lower loop does not have hookups but usually has vacant sites and the same wonderful views. There is a train but it is pretty far away. Normally we don't even hear it.

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This review is of Clear Fork Campground which does not have hook ups but does have much larger campsites and less traffic than its neighbor Iron Creek which has hookups and smaller sites. Both campgrounds are about the same size but there are only 21 sites in Clear Creek. There are flush toilets, showers and water at Clear Fork. This campground is used mostly by tenters, however there are at least 5 sites suitable of rigs up to 35 feet. The rate of $13 was with an Aspen Senior Pass and includes a $3 a night discount for Sunday-Thursday camping. There were 3 or 4 good sized RVs in the Clear Fork campground. They were over nighters. The price makes this a great place if you are just passing thru. I have in the past camped with my trailer at Iron Creek BUT if I come back I think I would opt for Clear Creek even with my trailer due to the better views, larger sites and privacy. Unless you fish or boat Crawford SP doesn't offer a lot of activity in the area.

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I reviewed this campground some years ago and have not been back since the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 came within 100 feet of taking this beautiful little campground out. This is a NFS campgound. No hook ups. Sites are very nice, large, shady and well maintained. Roads within the recreation area are paved. Signage is good. Hiking and fishing are wonderful. The 4 mile gravel road from Woodland Park has been graded since the fire but it is still wash board in places. The speed limit on the road is 20 miles an hour for a reason. If you love nature and are looking for peace and quiet this is a great place. Meadow Ridge is one of 2 campgrounds in the Rampart Reservoir Recreation area. To reach Meadow Ridge turn left immediately before you reach the entrance pay station. The second camp ground, Thunder Ridge is pass the entrance. It is closer to the lake but it is best for tents and pop up trailers as it is quite tight. This area is very popular with mountain bikers, hikers and fisher persons. You will need reservations on weekends. Tents or small rigs probably can get a spot on weekdays. There is no cell phone reception in the campground . Verizon comes in if you walk up to the fee station--short walk.

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This is a nice state park. It is not a showcase CO park like Mueller, Ridgeway, or Cherry Creek. It is a no wake lake so it is quiet--no speed boats, no train and no highway noise. Restrooms are plumbed. The shower house is OK but heavily used. It is between the boat ramp and the swim beach. No matter how hard the hosts try it can get trashed. One day while I was there 3 school bus loads of kids arrived but the bath house stayed in fairly good shape. Roads are gravel as are pads. Stagecoach is a campground not an RV resort. It does have sites next to the water where campers can tie up their boats or fish from their site. This alone would make the place a 10 for many folks. The lake side sites in the Junction City Loop require reservations and the host advised reserving them 6 months in advance. Pinnacle Campground is what I would call a KOA wanta be. Not very private. It has electrical hookups. And the sites are larger than those at most private RV parks. It is close to the beach and the boat ramp so this loop is a good choice for kids. Since I was in my tent I camped in the Harding Spur loop which has large back-in campsites, many of which are on the water. This loop was almost empty the Sunday afternoon I arrived so I got to spend 3 nights in a lake side site. Harding loop has no electric. That is fine with me. What it didn't have was a dumpster for trash so every morning I had to hike to the dump site to drop off my daily small sack of trash. Pretty tacky! The other loops had dumpsters. Despite that, I plan to return next year with my trailer, hopefully, to camp in one of the lake side sites in Junction City Loop.

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Great value for the price. Plan to visit again next year with my travel trailer. Large private sites. Easy back-ins with a few pull-through sites also. Big rig friendly. Gas station, restaurant and small historical motel just across the road. There is a hiking trail just back of the campground hidden behind a vault toilet. Host were helpful and visible. Vault toilets were very clean. There is a private RV park with full hookups nearby where RVs are packed in like sardines. But if you must have hookups it is the only show in town. I will gladly forgo hook ups for space and privacy so I loved this little NFS campground.

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This is probably my best ever camping experience. It was my second visit and this time we stayed a week--longest we have ever stayed at one place. The views are beautiful. The state park is well run. The employees as well as the volunteers are helpful and they are oh so proud of the park. There is a dry camping loop which serves as an over flow area. Most of the electric sites are large and private. The newly renovated loop (75-104) was originally the overflow loop. Water and electric has recently been added. This loop, and only this loop, is tight and crowded. We were so disappointed when we saw our site. However, it had a wonderful view and the site was still much bigger than most private park sites. Next time we will reserve earlier and get a more private site on another loop. A bath house has been planned for our loop but has not been funded yet. It was a long trek to the bath house. No place is perfect but Lost Dutchmen is about as close as it gets. Hiking is wonderful in the spring!

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This is an older KOA. Management is great. Showers and Restrooms are small and old but very clean. We didn't use the meals option but it is a good perk since there aren't many choices in Grants for anything but fast food. This is definitely an overnight stop. It does have train noise--lots of trains. My low rating is based on the price--a gravel parking lot next to a rodeo arena and near a railroad track. No way would I stay there again. The managers have done their very best with it but it is not. and never will be. worth $47 a night.

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Views from this park rate a 12! This is the best camping value between Santa Fe and Denver. This was a long haul overnight but we will be back for 3 days in May. Longer rigs should avoid Loop A and ask for loops C or D where you should have no problem parking. The self service center is near Loop A. Pick up your envelop, get your self turned around and head for C or D. Loop D and Loop A are the only loops open in the winter.

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This is a great value for the area--no train or highway noise. It is clean and neat. Management was friendly. We gave the folks $20--it is certainly worth that. It is a big gravel parking lot-no table, no patio area, no fire ring and no landscaping. There is room between units to park your tow vehicle. We would stay there again for an overnight. This is not a destination park. But it is very handy when you need a good nights sleep.

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We stay at this park at least once a year. Only a few of the sites with water and hookups are on the reservation system and they aren't the best sites so we don't make reservations. We try to get there before 4 PM and usually score a site with hookups. This time we didn't. But there were plenty of dry camping sites. We got an excellent site with terrific views. We were only there for one night so it was no big deal. This park has become very popular since it was put on the review site so if hookups are essential for your camping experience make a reservation. Otherwise take the chance. If the electric/water sites are all full go to the dry sites. If you are staying more than one night you can generally get one of the non reserveable electric sites in the morning when people start leaving. The $10 rate is for dry camping. NOTE TO TENTERS--Except for weekends, holidays and spring break you probably won't need reservations.

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For $14 we got water, electricity, a large private site, clean but old bath house, nice host, hiking trails, playground, covered table, no traffic sounds and a lake view campsite all just a few miles off of I-40. If that doesn't rate a 10 I don't know what does! I think some people who have posted negative reviews mixed this NM State Park with the private Santa Rosa RV park. This is high dessert country in a poor state. Those "weeds" are what grows here. Cut them down and the topsoil blows away CO AZ and CA have fancier state parks but they charge a lot more. With the lake back up this park is once more popular with locals. Reservations are recommended if you want W&E. BTW the lake was down because of a severe drought in the SW. Drought is an act of God folks. The state park has no control over the rainfall. This is one of my favorite stopovers. We will be back.