Date of Stay: September, 2011
If you're looking for a clean, first class camping experience right on the beautiful Animas river, this is the best of all of the campgrounds we scoped out! About 9 miles to downtown Durango, but just far enough out of town to be perfect. Laundry facilities super clean, cabins for rent, staff top notch and super friendly, and helpful for tips on jeep tours, the train, zip lining. You name it. The spots are a bit close on the river, but since you back in, you still have plenty of privacy for a great fire right next to the river. The other sites are certainly tidy, shaded and spread out, but the river sites are by far the primo. We stayed for five days. The only reason we didn't rate a perfect ten was that they charge $5 per dog (one time fee). We clean up after our pooches with our own dog supplies. Seemed a little nickel and dime. But otherwise a perfect experience! Thank you ladies!!! Especially the work camp hosts!
Date of Stay: October, 2010
Peaceful, low key campground. Staff was extremely helpful and kind. Tidy grounds. Mostly made up of extended stay retirees. Facilities were top notch. Plenty of elbow room. No TV reception in this area without cable, so be sure to bring coax so you can enjoy free cable. Spots are long and accommodate the big rigs well. If you're more interested in the feel of a state park or rugged campground, you might consider other options. If you're looking for a smaller, resort feel, this is a nice choice.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
We chose Bonito Hollow after staying two previous nights at another Alto campground (Ruidoso area). I had so many memories of camping in the area as a child, and so wanted to relive those moments. We stumbled onto Bonito Hollow after visiting the lake and can honestly say the owners Gary and JoAnn and the whole crew at Bonito were icing on a cake that was perfect in every way. Our site was nestled under tall pines at the base of a gorgeous mountain and within steps of a crystal clear stream. The grounds were tidy, the campsites allowed for plenty of privacy and elbow room and the store was stocked full of goodies and useful staples...not to mention some great rental movies and illustrated apparel by none other than Newbern Taylor. what a gentle soul and great conversationalist.. We arrived as total strangers to this slice of heaven and left feeling like family. After driving around the area and eying every campground within ten miles of Ruidoso, we knew we lucked out. if you're in the area, nothing comes close. By the time we headed back to Texas, every spot was filled! We look forward to seeing all of our new friends again soon! thanks Bonito Hollow. You have officially stolen a piece of our hearts!
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Only stopped over for the night, but pleasantly surprised. Most, if not all sites were super long pull thrus. Perfectly level which was very convenient after a long day. Easy in and out. Quiet, clean, safe and especially pet friendly with a huge dog walk complete with a variety of colorful hydrants! Full hook-ups were available at most sites including sewer. Great park at a great value.