We were here in the winter and there was 3 in. of snow the first day so I am sure this is a much better place any time but now. The campground was very well cared for and the camp host was friendly the one time we talked to them. The facilities were clean and there was hot water.
The access road to the campground is long but in good shape. The roads inside the campground are narrow, but we had no trouble parking our 36 ft fifth wheel.
We loved the wildlife around the park. Lots of quail, rabbits and road runners as well as coyotes howling in the night.
Great, inexpensive place to stay to visit Carlesbad Caverns.
We would stay here again. Hopefully in the spring or fall. - digger2280
Love this campground! Campground is in the middle of nowhere and on a small hill so you get beautiful desert views 360 degrees. Every site has a grill, covered picnic table with a wind protection/shade rock wall. Not much for hiking trails, but the trails are easy and do wander through lovely areas. 51 campsites of which maybe 8-10 are big rig friendly. Three pull through sites which are on the small side. Our site (14) has a nice seperate parking area for the Jeep. Carlsbad Caverns is a must see and about an hour from here. - Jerry and Betsy
Nice area with great sites. The bathrooms great, very clean! We surely would stay here again. Good value for the price. - DalenDeb
This is a first class park with lots of big sites and good utilities. They lead you to your site and even spray the hose outlet with bleach to help sanitize it. You can tell the owners care about this place. - padre44
We really liked this place and plan to come back for longer next time. Big, spacious CG with several rows of roomy sites. Gravel pull-thrus for rigs with green grass, fire rings with grill, and picnic tables next to each site - very nice. As with most KOAs, some sites (a bit pricier) also have swings, a patio, and bigger fire ring, but our site was fine. Maintenance, property management, front desk... KOA staff was always working and very friendly, but never in the way. Very nice, clean, tiled large bathrooms. Excellent, clean laundry facilities. This is a large park, but it didn't feel like a big super-park to us. Even though this is the desert, they have some trees between a lot of the sites (not too good for shade, tho; they're not tall enough) and have nice desert landscaping, particularly around the front office. BBQ dinners could be delivered but we didn't try. WiFi provided, but we found our own HotSpot to be much faster, which was fine. Great Verizon signal. Air antenna gave us main network channels plus PBS - better than expected and "good enough" for the desert that this place is. Nice pool was just being opened for the season. Basketball courts, horseshoes, large space for TV/movie viewing, ping pong table, this place was really great! - Jolly Out There
Great campground. Easy access off highway. Big rig friendly. Very clean neat park. Friendly staff. We liked that it was out of town and quiet. Some long-term residents, but their sites were neat. Grateful to have the option of the camp delivering dinner to our doorstep after a very long day of travel. The food was good. Could only be better if there was some shade- i.e. trees or pergolas- and sites were paved. We will be back. - jacksup1212
As per previous comments, mainly oilfield workers. Overall facilities are in poor condition, the washroom facilities had peeling paint, bad odors etc. They did have signs indicating renovations were in progress but no evidence of any work being done. Would only stay here if there was no other choice. Very overpriced for the quality of services provided. - joebear
Way overpriced for just water and electric and a gravel parking lot type of camping. Before I checked in I asked if they had Wi-Fi and whether it worked (I needed to access my email). They assured me it was just fine. After a day of trying everything they told me to do, they admitted the Wi-Fi doesn't work with laptops. What?! I asked if any other nearby RV parks had Wi-Fi. They said no (another lie). I wanted to leave and get my money back for the extra days. They refused since "I didn't give them 24 hours notice". Well, I didn't know they were lying to me 24 hours ago! Terrible management. - J and C
This park is full of oil field workers. That being said, it is a good place to stay over night. Nice level and wide sites. We were guided to our site. I made a reservation over the phone and when we arrived, she was ready with all the paper work. Very efficient! She also provided lots of information about the town and cave. There is an indoor pool, nice laundry, two dog runs, and a very nice store. It's a little expensive but there is nothing else here! We would stay here again. - The Griffins
A tiny, tight RV park located within two blocks of downtown Carlsbad. There are large pecan trees on the property, nice to pick but sounded like hail hitting the roof. There is a nice walkway along the river just outside the park. The owner has a few houses on the property where various family members live and they watch every move being made in the park. The owner says he's an electrician, but we had electrical issues the entire time, this place can't handle 50amp even if they swear they can. When we arrived, there was a 30amp converter plugged in and the owner took it and said the previous tenants had borrowed it, but we wouldn't need it. At 50amp, we kept tripping the breakers, having power surges, and losing power. We finally hooked up our 30amp converter and didn't have any more issues. The owner swore it was us and that our surge protector wasn't working properly, that they "go bad". We had to replace our RV tires while there and the owner referred us to a local tire shop, who came out and did everything at a fair price at our site. It was hard to sleep at night with the trains and the trucks going over the train tracks sounding like a crash every time. Carlsbad is crawling with oil workers and most of the park tenants are oil workers who depart in their loud diesels at 5am. The main office also is a store, that opens really early and must be a local favorite because it gets really busy and loud at 5am. We stayed here for one week and were so ready to leave. - LifeRidingShotgun
This place is a dump. It's actually an old trailer park behind a convenience store. The street noise was loud, and the published pictures were not representative. The neighborhood worried us so we just locked our doors and waited for morning so we could leave. Very overpriced. Driving in and out with our 34' motorhome and toad was a real challenge. - pearlyvereen
A very old campground. Poorly maintained. 50 amp service but no circuit breaker. The electrical receptacle actually had old fashioned fuses. Large, half-dead pecan trees overhung the camp sites. I asked the owner who would be responsible if a large limb fell on a camper and he said that would be considered an act of God which means he would not be responsible even though he knew the trees were half dead. No thanks-we will stay elsewhere the next time we stay in Carlsbad. - Bill In Florida
This is not a resort RV by any stretch of the imagination but....it's SO close to the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, we find it worth it. We've stayed here three times with our 40' motorhome and like the quirkiness of the place. Yes, it crowded. Yes, it's kinda rural. Yes, the bathrooms suck (we're self contained). BUT, the views at night and in the morning are wonderful....vistas everywhere. The staff is a bit odd but helpful.
A bit of advice: when you arrive, go find your spot, THEN go in and register. Secondly, drive into the entrance of the "park", stop and walk to find your spot. Try for an end spot...more room. We're going to come here again this spring. - Lastrick
Wanted a site close to Carlsbad Caverns so chose this park. It is unkept and a general messy feel. If you arrive before the gift shop closes that is where you register. The sign in the park says to pick whatever spot you want and then go up to the registration. We did not see that and registered first. Although there was many sites open they slid us right in the middle of others. It was tight. To end on a good note - they honor Good Sam discounts even though they are not a Good Sam park and their cable and Wi-fi are both very good! - Casual Campers 2
We arrived without a reservation after watching the bat flight at Carlsbad Cavern. That was our first mistake. You have to go to the Rodeway Inn to check in! Stood in line behind half a dozen people checking in to the motel. Warning signs should have been that the hotel had lost all three reservations of the couples in front of me. Finally served by a very nice, very senior gentlemen who completed my reservation. After nearly an hour wait, he shows me a very poor aerial photo of the campsite, no campground map, and tells me to take #1 or #2! I unhook my toad, drive into the park, and then spent 30 minutes walking up and down with a flashlight trying to find these sites. Then we are joined by the next customer in line, doing the same thing. I sent my wife back in the toad to the motel for clearer instructions, to be told "Pick any empty site!" Myself and the other lost camper spent another 30 minutes walking and driving around in the dark before we found at the end of an obscure hidden road more sites. In desperation we walked these remote sites with a flashlight before we found numbers #1 and #2 written in 1" inch letters on an electrical box!!! Finally 2 hours after registering I managed to pull into site #1. I am wedged between two permanent campers. I am not able to open my slides fully, as others have mentioned. The sites face each other. When I open my door I am three feet away from my neighbours awning. We share a center table, his grill is three feet from my slide! This is the worst campsite I have ever stayed in. The most badly organized, poorly designed and most poorly run. Under no circumstances consider staying here. It is far too stressful, and at $40, it is ridiculously overpriced. If it was free I wouldn't stay here again, if I could give it a minus score I would. Horrible, horrible, horrible! - JeffK
We were assigned site B1. The site was terrible with gas station nearby. Could hear traffic all night long, not to mention the commercial diesel truck running at 5:00 in the morning. Park is a low income trailer court and should not be called an RV park. Found the bathroom clean, but our site had paper and cigarettes littered on the ground. We had Passport America discount and wanted to save a few $. If I had to pay full price I would have demanded my money back. Recommend staying at her sister park as it's maintained better. Downside with Passport America is you can only stay two night to get the discount. - grandmakrull
All full hook up, pull through sites with Cable included. We were not particularly comfortable in the neighborhood. The campsites are right next to a gas station that caters to trucks. Noisy and bright! They also made a point to tell us to keep our dog on a leash, but dogs were running around loose in the park. - Cmactraveler
We stayed here 3 nights. The entire park was rather shabby and un-kept. Looked like a lot of permanent residents. They caution high water pressure, but when our water would not work, the office sent help. The help was living in the site next to us. He was very nice and helpful, but his area was terrible. When we pulled in to our site, you could not step out of the drivers side without stepping on dog waste. It was all over the place. All around where we had to connect our hookups. Very stinky. The park is very cramped and in a bad neighborhood. However, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The laundry and recreation area was fairly clean. - robcarmcelwee