10 Parks near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 2015 - $150.00
The $150 a night rate gets you a spot in the temporary "Presidential" campground with water, 30 amp electric, and a few visits from the honey wagon depending on how long you stay. The site is on a bluff overlooking the entire 55-football-field-large launching area for 500+ hot air balloons during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, but you will be a few rows back from the front rank as sponsors and VIPs get the first row. Don't miss the early-morning flight preparations with balloons lit up by their propane burners as they prepare for flight. Suggest watching one mass launch from the restricted-access bluff (bring folding chairs), then going down on the field the next day to mingle with the crowd of spectators and balloonists as the craft are prepared for launch. Amazingly, some balloons are able to use winds in different directions at different heights to return to the launch site after a few hours in the air. There are mid-week contests best seen from on the field as balloonists try to throw weighted bags at targets, etc. Weather permitting, hundreds of balloons launch around 7 a.m. each morning, with the biggest mass ascensions on weekends and Wednesday of Fiesta Week. If the Balloon Fiesta is on your Bucket List, staying at the Presidential Campground is the way to see it. Other cites near the Fiesta are all dry camping. - Mtmoi
Oct 2015 - $30.00
This is a little different to rate, as it is only open during the annual Balloon Fiesta. If you want power and water, it'll cost you $60 a night (we did that for the first 4 of 14 nights), otherwise you'll be "boondocking," and your site quality will vary as the place fills up (hint: if they take you to a bad site that is really unlevel or in a hole (that can and will fill up with water during a downpour) - a distinct possibility - put up a little fuss and see if they can find you something better). They have contractors who will pump your tanks ($25 a pop) or fill up your water tank ($?).
If boondocking, be sure that your generator is in good working condition, you have a full tank of gas/diesel (if your generator draws from it), a full propane tank, a full tank of water and your house batteries are up to snuff.
This is an amazing experience!! Get up early and the balloons will often be drifting right over your rig! They land in an adjacent scrub-brush field or, sometimes, in the aisles of the park. You can walk to the balloon launch field, which is like a state fair (tons of food, gift and clothing vendors, etc.), or you can jump on a free shuttle that leaves just about all the time (the drivers are great - they'll pick you up wherever you happened to be, even if you're not in the designated pick-up spot).
Be aware that the police shuts down the main road (Alameda), which is your only way in and out of the park (there is a side entrance/exit, but when Alameda is closed, so are other roads leading to this one). Do what you need to do when the streets are open, and plan on getting back before they close, otherwise you may not be able to return until after 10 PM. - coffeetime
Oct 2015 - $30.00
This review is for the dry camping section. My rating reflects:
1) Convenience! You do NOT want to deal with Balloon Fiesta traffic, especially when you're already getting up early. You can walk, bike, or take the free shuttle between the lot and the Fiesta. Shuttles are frequent and have a dedicated lane so they don't sit in traffic.
2) Availability. With unlimited dry camping, there's no need to plan ahead or make reservations. Sure I would have preferred hookups, but you need to make those reservations a year in advance, they're pricey, and there's a 3-day minimum.
3) Organization. They quickly checked us in (cash or check only), gave us a swag/information bag, then took us to a site. Water and honey wagon were available, but we didn't need them.
4) Comfort. Sites are fairly level, close but not tight, and easy to get in and out of. Open dirt lot, but they keep it watered. We were fine without hookups - highs are typically mild this time of year. Prior reviewers complained about the noise and smell of neighbors' generators, but we did not experience that. In fact, it was surprisingly quiet.
5) Cost effectiveness. I was pleasantly surprised at the rate, considering our proximity to a major event, and included services like a shuttle.
6) Enjoyment. You get a good view of the Mass Ascension from the CG (but being in the field is SOOOOO much more exciting). Everyone we dealt with was helpful and professional and we were all having a great time.
Verizon and AT&T both worked well. I understand there are several broadcast channels, but with no generator we didn't watch TV.
I wouldn't hesitate to dry camp here again. - Keeping up with the Joneses
Oct 2015 - $54.00
Nice KOA in downtown ABQ. Full amenities. Sites are fairly close together. Full 50 amp hookups, with utilities in a good location, easy to hook up. Good coverage for Verizon and DirecTV, plus had cable included. Asphalt roads within the park. Friendly staff who guided us to site and assisted with parking. Would not stay there again due to the price. - Deniselg53
Oct 2015 - $47.00
This park is in town, but Albuquerque is spread out and you still need transportation. There is access to busses within a couple blocks and the Enterprise and Hertz offices are nearby. The park is well laid out with roomy sites and level, gravel surfaces. It's well maintained and service is friendly and fast. It's right next to the Interstate but there's a tall concrete wall and traffic noise diminishes greatly after about 9pm. The park has lots of trees, although not all sites are benefited. We camped here in a 35' motorhome. Would definitely stay again. - Nortguy
Oct 2015 - $48.00
A little pricey for what you get at your site. Paved road, solid surface site with good utilities and cable. Did not use park WiFi so we cannot comment but did have a good Verizon signal. Tight roads, tight spaces. Good fenced dog area with supplies to clean up after your pet. In a neighborhood of homes. Quiet park with lots of long term residents who keep their lots nice and neat. We would stay here again. - Nevadatripin
Oct 2015 - $38.00
This is without a doubt the cleanest, most well maintained KOA we have ever visited. All the staff were very friendly and extremely hepful. The cable TV and WiFi were both very reliable. We will definitely stay here again when in the area. - JWFlyFisher
Oct 2015 - $55.00
Cost was inflated because of Balloon Fiesta because of location. We stayed here 2 nights prior to going to the Fiesta. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Verizon worked good and Mifi. A little tight getting in and sites are level, power was good, water pressure good. Sites are close. Campground in good condition and they worked hard to upgrade. - margeandbob
Oct 2015 - $45.00
We stayed here for four days during the balloon fiesta. The park was exceptionally clean and well-taken care of. Our site was fairly long but very sloped in the back, and so we had to pull all the way forward and park our tow vehicle elsewhere. We loved the tree and the artificial turf right outside the door, and the kids loved the playground and the abundance of outdoor seating. The bathhouse was very clean. The only complaint we had is that the laundry closes at dusk, which is pretty much when we arrived back home each day, and we got a 30 amp site when we requested a 50 amp. (Our reservation said 50/30, but evidently you get whichever one is available. It was not extremely hot while we were there, so it was not a big issue for us, but could be a pain for those in larger rigs during the summer). The cafe on site served a delicious breakfast, and the brewery next door was a neat place. We camped here in a 42 ft. fifth wheel, and would definitely stay here again. - NomadFamily
Nov 2015 - $36.00
Very nice park. Check-in very slow, credit card system inop and took a while for cash or check customers to get straightened out. All drives were paved and smooth, site was on large, level concrete. Fortunately we were guided to our spot by a golf cart; the drives were complex. WiFi okay but not strong enough to stream. - Siena 1
Nov 2015 - $35.00
Excellent location while in Albuquerque, just minutes from downtown. This well kept park offers a free daily breakfast along with good cable, power, and other amenities. Our coach is 45' long so we like to stay in the newer section that has several sites that stretch out to around 70'. - Tucsonbenz
Nov 2015 - $35.00
We had a one night stop at American. It is a well kept park. The restrooms were clean. The road noise from the interstate did not bother us but we were in the second to last road. The checkin and reservation system is a breeze. We will be back! - Rambotbm
Jun 2015 - $33.00
Our site was clean and level. Park was quiet after I reported loud music. It was taken care of promptly.
In the month of June and the only pool open is indoor, warm and had 2 cockroacches floating on top. Outdoor pool not open until July due to inspection problems is what I was told. I'd much rather be swimming outdoors.
Cable Comcast isn't always reliable. Internet is the same especially if you work while you travel. - Kristen Sorge
May 2014 - $39.00
I called to make a reservation, however, the owner refused to make one for me and sarcastically told me I didn't need one unless I needed 27 spaces. On our day of arrival, we were told they were full due to a local event. The owner was rude and if it were not for a cancellation, we would have been out of luck. Park is run down and filled with less than desirable long term tenants. We will never stay here again! - Kevin & Liz
Jan 2014 - $29.00
The person who runs the main office is the most unfriendly person I have ever talked with. You can say Hi to him 15 times without him ever saying anything back. They have listed times the office is opened, however, 50% of the time they are not opened during those times. The prices are also a bit high for a "park" with just about nothing but dirt with no grass and almost no trees. Water goes out all the time. The pools are never opened in the summer when they should be. If you need Wi-Fi you have to go to the office and get a password but good luck cause the office is never opened. - Madhatter009
Oct 2015 - $75.00
We arrived during balloon festival, pricey but worth it. We were 1 mile as crow flies from balloon festival. We were able to get a site with 1 day notice! This is a mobile home park, which made for spacious lots, and family activities. Great club house, nice pool table, pool, volleyball, play ground, and basketball court. We had full access to all the park had to offer. WiFi was purchase so we opted out of that. Could see balloons and fireworks from site. 9 miles from Old town but all highway. If staying here during festival be prepared for high delays on highway and arguing with cops about needing to go onto Pan American Highway when balloon festival is trying to park. You get a traffic permit but still have to argue with cops. Only way into park is through their detours. Awake at 6:00 AM because of helicopters above balloon festival. I would stay again, staff very helpful and friendly. - Cynthia Gowin
Aug 2015 - $31.00
This is actually a mobile home village with some empty spaces used for RVs. The spaces are all pea gravel and fairly level. We needed a place to park while we attended a function at a nearby hotel and this park fulfilled that need. However, the large speed bumps every block were bone jarring, even at our lowest speed and re-arranged contents severely. Each space was equipped with water, electricity and sewer but the water was buried under pea gravel and required the use of needle-nose pliers to remove gravel from the water pipe to let us "plug in" the water key provided at check in. Each space had a glass curb side light globe but ours and our friends were broken and the incandescent bulb at our friends had its filaments exposed presenting a possible shock hazard. The showers at the club house don't open until 8:00am. No receipt was provided automatically and we forgot to ask for one. Be sure to arrive before 5:00pm since the office closes then and there is no provision for a late check in such as a bulletin board with space information. - Mark & Dawn
Sep 2007 - $16.00
This a mobile home community with some sites available to RVs. LONG (apx 1 hr) check-in procedure w/14-page legal-size 30 day lease, over 30 would require credit report so we did 30 & then "renewed" for second 30 & the for additional 11 days. Utilities not configured for RV, water & sewer poorly located, natural gas connection in way of back-in (we parked on concrete patio instead of on dirt beside it). Water hydrant in hole in ground (would have been under RV). 3" sewer pipe non-standard for RV connection (would have been behind RV). Large round hole where electric used to be underground would have been under RV. Sloped 2ft or more to rear. Lots of red ants. Mail via USPS, but took nearly 3 weeks to get mail box key. Most rules are commonly broken: 1 pet limit, barking dogs, dogs running loose, firecrackers, 2 car limit but up to 7 cars at some sites. Free WIFI available only in clubhouse. Observed police action in park 3 times plus private security 2 times during 10 week stay. On checkout were told est 4-6 weeks to get remaining portion of deposit back after final electric reading. In midst of all their RV-unfriendly "stuff," they had a very supportive staff. - AFChap
May 2014 - $30.00
We picked this park due to its location close to town and the mountains. The neighborhood isn't the best; we knew that going in, but were disappointed when the manager suggested that we not walk our dogs in the neighborhood. He reassured us that the park was safe with one entrance/exit that is monitored. As a prior military guy who lives on site with his wife and family, I believed him. We felt very safe, and after investigating moving, we decided that the dogs could sacrifice their usual long morning walks since this place was so convenient and the price was reasonable. The manager was super nice. He asked us to call when we were close so that he could greet us and guide us right to our spot. He gave us recommendations for restaurants, laundry and sights based on our interest. He gave us a business card so that we could call him if we needed advice. The park was very quiet and other residents were friendly. We walked our dogs around the park in the mornings and several residents came out to say hi...to our dogs and one even gave them treats. Note: the address is Wyoming, but the entrance is on Zuni! There are no laundry, bathrooms or showers on site. I would recommend this place and if ever back in ABQ would stay here again. - MichelleKry
Oct 2013 - $35.00
This park is located just outside Kirtland Air Force Base. Looks like it is not in the best part of town, but that may be misleading. The owner of the park is just great. He will greet you as you enter the park and stand by your window, guiding you very effortlessly into your site. There are mostly permanent residents and you will find a mixture of older and newer RV's. We did not find the sites to be as cramped as another reviewer stated but they are not spacious either. Entirely adequate for a short term visit. We are keeping this park as one of our preferred "spots" in our AZ-OH travels. - KPsunshine
Mar 2010 - $35.00
This is a very cramped park on busy city streets. The campsites are so small that we hear every cough and conversation around us. There are no restrooms or showers, or cable TV. Neighborhood dogs make lots of noise, and there is a light smell of someone's black water tank in the air. The only electrical hook-up is 50 amp, so if you have a 20 or 30 amp vehicle you will need a converter cable. If you don't have the converter, the campground will lend you one for a $25.00 cash deposit (which is returned when you return the cable). There is very little space to be outside. We were parked right up against the back sides of two trailers. Most of the sites here are filled by apparently permanent residents. This is definitely a mobile home park, not an RV park. - travel51
Nov 2015 - $25.00
This is a very nice and spacious campground. The staff upon check-in was very helpful and courteous. The spaces were level and made of gravel. Also big enough where some of the motorhomes didn't have to disconnect. The WiFi and Verizon worked well; satellite was good, as well as, many over the air channels available. They also had a well stocked RV store. Access to park from the interstate was easy; also the campground was next to a Camping World. We will stay here again if in the area. - Mike1987
Nov 2015 - $23.00
We loved the antique feel of this campground. The vintage trailers were fun to see and the history was really cool too. As for the amenities, we had no trouble at all. Power, water, and wifi worked terrific for us and we were able to pick up plenty of OTA channels as well. The park is all gravel, but that helped to keep the dust and critters away. The laundry room was in great shape and while the showers could probably use a bit tighter cleaning schedule, they were nice and hot. We would definitely return if in the area again. - Living Our Dash
Nov 2015 - $16.00
Very tight spaces. A nice collection of vintage campers & cars. A nice office/souvenir shop. The propane man was a great help with getting a part we needed to fix a problem, plus offered to loan tools or help in any way he could. - 2 travlers
Nov 2015 - $28.00
We were here in November, so the fact there was little shade was OK with us. This is a great park! Clean, well kept up, spaces have ample room. We liked it here and would come again.
The only negative is that the wifi is spotty and slow. As far as staying at this park.....it is a great place! - Brandl
Nov 2015 - $28.00
A very reasonable price and a good location!
Not the best for a 45 foot rig, although we did spy a few in the park. Expect to have a fairly close neighbor.
Power and wifi were good. - Tucsonbenz
Oct 2015 - $27.00
This is a park that offers basic features, but does it very well. Roads are asphalt, sites hard packed, level gravel. Hook-ups are conveniently placed. This is a large park, the roads are wide, and the sites seem long enough but most people unhook their tow. The park is meticulously clean and orderly with desert style landscaping that was obviously professionally planned and installed. All constantly maintained. Nothing out of place.
There are three big, fenced in dog enclosures one on each corner of the park.
There is no cable, you have over twenty digital OTA channels from Albuquerque. Wi-Fi is tengointernet, which can be a pain to register/ log-in but usually is not bad after that. Not here. The wi-fi continued to be problematic to impossible. Once everyone signs on in the evening you're done for. They don't have the area coverage they need.
Some posters mentioned rules, there are some but only a few that we don't see very often: dog breed rules, check first; also no units built before 2000 unless approved; children under 14 are to be supervised and accompanied; the rest are pretty much the usual involving fires, clotheslines, generators, and vehicle washing.
There are no frills or other amenities but the office/store/rec-center is worth noting. It appears brand new and is very nice with a meeting room, big screen tv, two high end professional pool tables, lots of space for relaxing. This building also contains the laundry and a men's and women's bathroom and shower. This would be the bath facilities to use it is clean and sparkling and obviously carefully monitored. There is a second, free-standing bathroom facility out in the park. I'm sure it is adequate and cleaned, but is not up to par with the facilities in the office, being rather unkempt and not as well maintained. It is a long way from the office.
You won't need a flashlight at night, the park is lit with municipal style streetlights.
This is a good, safe stay for a visit to Albuquerque. - Jack B
Oct 2014 - $48.00
This park is very poorly maintained with many permanent residents living there. The pull thru sites are not level and my coach strained to get level. Stepping outside your coach you will encounter a field of thorns which will stick to your shoes until you return to your coach where they will transfer to your carpet. I made the mistake of passing through during balloon week, hence the outrageous $48.00 charge. Next time I will drive another hour and skip this place altogether. - Beaver 43
Jul 2010 - $23.00
Save your money and go elsewhere. Checkin person was very helpful but the overall condition of the place is deplorable. - jc2
Sep 2008 - $27.00
We had bad vibes when we reserved a spot but came here anyway. Lady who took reservation was obviously new and asked the same questions over and over. They required the full amount of our one-day stay in advance with the reservation and quickly charged it to our card before our visit. When we arrived the site they had given us had been purposely given to another party who could stay longer, so we were given a much less desireable site near the office. The park is adequately maintained but showing its age with many permanent residents. Management is definitely lacking. This park is okay for a night, but we wouldn't stay there again unless a last resort. - Johnny Boy