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
Mar 2016 - $48.00
Goof pull through sites for big rigs towing vehicles. Very friendly staff. Good resource for places to eat and other information. Sites are well maintained and easily accessible for hookups. Sites are level on hard surface. Beside I-40 south but there is a tall sound wall. Noise is constant but becomes white noise except for trucks using exhaust brakes down hill. Noise not much of an issue. - Frankjk
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
Mar 2016 - $36.00
A decent RV park in a run-down part of town. Once inside the walls & high fences, you feel safe. Sites are sloped with level spot on top. Has a playground for kids and a fenced-in playground for dogs. No freeway noise but there is some noise from neighboring properties. Was very busy for March; y0u might want to reserve ahead. - Old Mountain Man
Mar 2016 - $36.00
Level,gravel spot with picnic table sitting on artificial turf.
Sites close but not tight. Some of the turns in the campground a little tight.
Loved the feel of this well kept KOA. For sure would return. - sp123
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
May 2016 - $33.00
Stayed 3 nights in a 45 ft. motorhome. Concrete pad pull-thru surrounded by rock. Paved roads with reasonable corners for big rigs. Reasonably close to shopping and sight-seeing. Nice view of the mountains. Very clean restrooms/showers (behind the office). Wifi was "iffy" for a day or so. Easy in/out. This is more of a "9.5" ... almost nothing to complain about. - BruceVero
Apr 2016 - $35.00
This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. The sites are good size with bushes between the sites giving a nice private appeal. The grounds are well kept, sites are level, hook ups up to date. It's dog friendly with lots of green patches around for dog walking, although walking the perimeter is best to keep off sites. The dog run is better than most, the laundry nice, and they have a cute store where you can get souvenirs and other things. They have cable which was adequate, reception not the best but typical of what we found in our travels. It's near the interstate and very easy to get in and out. We would stay here again. - Nance70
Apr 2016 - $41.00
Concrete pad, picnic table. We didn't have to unhook our toad from our 40' motor home. Nice gift shop, continental breakfast every day. - Jane-D100
Jan 2016 - $17.00
Rate I gave based on monthly rate of $495 which includes electric. There are more long term residents than travelers coming and going but we don't see that as a problem, not a lot of visiting between residents. We have lived in Albuquerque many years before becoming full timers and return here for 1 to 2 months at a time staying in this park. While traveling we select a different type of park, this is a basic urban park. Park is approximately 5 - 10 minutes from Osuna exit off I-25. Not sure why people have a problem with the office and manager, I never have. I find him easy to get along with. We've never needed reservations unless it's balloon fiesta and then rates and availability are much different. It is all gravel w/ cement pad but pretty level. Noise is minimal, some distant train noise occasionally. I've used the pools, indoor and out, a number of times with grandkids and always been happy with them. Centrally located if your seeing the sites. - abqnm
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
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
Mar 2015 - $30.00
We stayed at El Rancho RV & Mobile Home Park for 4 nights while we were in Albuquerque visiting friends & family. NOTE--the entrance is on Zuni.
We had a nice site with water, sewer & 30 amp power & we did not have a problem getting our 27' trailer backed in. The park itself was quiet, clean & the residents were cordial. Wyoming is a main street that had a lot of traffic on Friday & Saturday nights but was otherwise fine.
We found the location to be very convenient for restaurants, the downtown RailRunner station & a nearby dog park that was really nice. We felt that we received good value and convenience & will return to El Rancho on our next visit to Albuquerque. - dawnbmoore
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
Apr 2016 - $28.00
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. - NT2013
Apr 2016 - $15.00
No frills park but very clean sites for any rig. We always stay here when visiting Albuquerque. - NE Travelers
Apr 2016 - $27.00
We loved the park and all its memorabilia. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable with lots of suggestions of things to do. 4 washers and dryers in very clean laundry room. Loved the wringer washer and ironing machine in there too! Big rig sites are at the western edge of the park and it was windy when we were there so we couldn't use awnings and it was pretty dusty but our rig with tow and car off the trailer fit well into the site. We were quite close to the rig on one side but a bit farther away from the one on the other side. The park doesn't offer cable tv and the wireless seemed weak with frequent drops but with everyone using so many devices we're finding that common in most parks. We'd definitely stay here again. - monamonaco
Apr 2016 - $28.00
Well located on the west side of Albuquerque, this park is great for a few days. We had a long, level pull thru and all utilities worked well. The staff was friendly and helpful. Camping World is just across the freeway, if you need supplies. Some freeway noise, but certainly not objectionable. - ronboett
Apr 2016 - $27.00
Very nice park, easy in/out off I-40, only spent one night and it was great, had some road noise but for our needs it was perfect and the price is right! - Uncle Billy
Nov 2015 - $35.00
Price change from website. Rude owner. Poor WiFi. Sites too close together. Rules not enforced. - WillyChar
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