Desert Beacon

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This is a great campground. Lots of long, paved sites with water and electric and heated bathrooms, which were a real treat since it was quite cold while we were there. There are wonderful views across Grenada Lake. The hosts were quite helpful and friendly. We'd stayed there before and would stay again.

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A couple of miles south off I-20 but relatively easy to find. The park is in a quiet area unless your site happens to be near the main road. Friendly staff and the store has lots of RV parts and supplies. Good cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Level sites. We'd stay there again.

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It was cold (27 degrees for the day's high) when we pulled in to the RV park, just a mile or so off I-20. We called ahead and the very courteous manager met us and helped us pick a site close to the office and Wi-Fi. Our site was fine. We didn't hook up to water or sewer because of the chill. The Wi-Fi was strong at our site and there were a few over-the-air TV channels available. The manager advised us on how to point our antenna. There was one bathroom with shower for men and one for women, rustic but adequate.

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What a pleasant surprise: A peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of Hobbs, a modern oil boom town. The small campground in is a large city park with spacious sites, level, paved pads and full hookups. The water spigot at our site was quite a ways from the pad (about 30 feet), but we had plenty of hose. Free wifi worked well and there was good over-the-air TV. We'll definitely stay there if we travel through Hobbs again.

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A short distance from the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this campground may seem a little funky, but it is convenient, and the owner is great. If you need help, he's your guy. The area is gravel with adjacent sites but plenty of room. We stay there whenever we're in the area.

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Beautiful campground in the Ponderosa of the San Juan National Forest about 6 miles from Durango (1.5 miles of gravel road). 31 sites can be reserved; 14 with electricity. Friendly camp hosts keep the modern vault toilets very clean. Basic rate is $19/night (half off with Senior, Access pass) plus $5 for electricity (no discount on that). Great hiking from the campground, including the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail.

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The rate is for water+electric pull-thru. Although this is an older park, once a KOA, it is well kept and clean. It is convenient to Taos and easy to access. Road noise was not an issue. WiFi service was marginal. Workers were friendly and helpful. We liked that the landscaping kept much of the native sagebrush intact.

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We have stayed here several times and have rated it higher in the past. This time it was nearly full with a trailer convention. Although we had a reservation for months, we were given a site in the far north area of the park. Wi-Fi, which is important to me, was unusable at the site, though it was acceptable in the public area of the office. Still, we like the place and will return.

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We have stayed here several times because it is convenient to the wildlife refuge and is often on our traveling route. It's a funky place, behind a family home; an open, gravel area with hookups but no frills. The refuge has great hiking, and the burgers in San Antonio are hard to beat. We will stay there again when in the area.

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We were surprised by the quality of this facility and the scenery. We were able to call and contact a camp host to find out that there were sites available. The sites were paved, some more level than others, with lots of space between them. Large, clean restrooms with showers. Rate reflects Senior Pass 50% discount. We will stay here again when we pass this way.

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We had an early morning ranger-led tour at Carlsbad Caverns, so we needed a site nearby. This one worked for us. No problem with registration; the man at the gift shop was helpful with a suggestion for a good hiking area. The site was narrow with a shared table and shade structure. The combination toilet/shower room, which we did not use, was austere and not inviting. If our unit was not self-contained, I would have to lower the overall rating.

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This is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities (even the small towns). Just a few yards from the Rio Grande, this no-generator campground is ideal for bird watchers and folks just wanting to relax. Thankfully, we stayed in a site shaded by large cottonwood trees. Daytime highs were in the upper 90s with lows around 70. Our fellow campers were quiet. The campground gets lots of day use from birders. Some may intrude on your site but most respect the invisible boundaries. The price reflects the National Park Service's Senior Pass rate (50% off). We'll definitely return, ideally when the temps are a little more moderate.

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This is our favorite RV park in west Texas. Staff always friendly and helpful. Sites are large and mostly pull-thru. Communal areas always very clean. Location on the north side of town is convenient to shopping, local attractions as well as Fort Davis National Historic Site and the Davis Mountains to the north. We stay here prior to visiting Big Bend National Park to the south. Basic cable channels (no PBS) and wifi included. Wifi was slow (but being worked on) during our stay. Paid for 6 nights; the 7th night was free.

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We intended to stay several nights at Pine Springs to get in several day hikes but the weather forecast was nasty with lows predicted in the single digits. The campground is fairly high elevation and its location in a canyon opening creates windy conditions most times. Still, it is a national park and a beautiful area. As has been stated, RV parking is on an asphalt parking lot with most sites adjacent to one another on the slab. The price reflects the 50% Senior Pass discount. The park rangers were very friendly and informative. We will return when the weather improves.

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We used Brantley Lake SP as a staging area for our visit to Carlsbad and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. While is it 12 miles north of the town and another 30 to the caverns visitor center and cave entrance, it is a quiet and pleasant place to stay (at least in the off season). The sites are inexpensive and well maintained with resident hosts.