Brantley Lake State Park

     


Carlsbad, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 457-2384

Sites: 51
Recent Rate: $14 7/2014


Latitude: 32.5634523990064
Longitude: -104.380309581757

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 31
  • Good 39
  • Average 7
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

78 Reviews

1 Tip

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gwalter

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 2 nights here on our way to Big Bend Nat. Park and 1 night on our way back. It was great for the price and camp host was very helpful in answering any questions we had. The only slight negative was the smell from the oil fields when the wind was out of the North. We will camp here again if we go through this area. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns is about 45 min. and shopping in Carlsbad 15 min.

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RLM

Review Count: 123
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We previously stayed here about 5 years ago and enjoyed the visit. Except for a nationally known CG a few miles down the road, it could be considered the best option for a park in Carlsbad. The sites and access roads are generally convenient for any sized rig. There are minimal amenities so it is not a destination park, but the utilities work well. If you don't make reservations, it's a gamble to get one of the FHU sites. Even if you don't, it's a convenient CG to Carlsbad Caverns and the price is right for a couple of days. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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DalenDeb

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice area with great sites. The bathrooms great, very clean! We surely would stay here again. Good value for the price. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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User3499

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We were lucky enough to reserve one of the few full hook-up sites, at a very reasonable rate. The sites were large, with a nice picnic table shaded under a shelter with a rock wall wind break. Other than the fact that it was just so darn hot while we were there, it was a great spot, with lots of bunnies hopping around. Although it was about 12 miles north of town, so a little inconvenient for the caverns and other things in town, we were told by a waitress that the other campgrounds in town were full of the oil workers. We were here during the week, but it definitely wasn't close to full. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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NMFamilyof4

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed two nights at Brantley Lake State Park as a base for our day trip to the Carlsbad Caverns. We had a perfect site for our trailer with our back to the open plains that lead to the lake. We could hike within a mile through some semi rough terrain to the lake with our young family. We stayed on a Saturday and a Sunday night. Sunday was definitely much less packed and quieter, but we also had a rough wind storm in the area. I would love to camp at this same site again! We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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DD Rolling Ranch

Review Count: 91
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

$4 (after purchasing an out-of-state NM annual camping permit for $225 because we will stay in at least two other NM state parks) per night was for a 50A electric and water site on a level asphalt pad. In addition, the generously sized site had a covered picnic table with a privacy/windbreak wall, BBQ grill (which could not be used as they had a no wood or charcoal burning ban due to extremely high fire danger), and 12x12 gravel tent pad. There is a dump station about .5 miles from the campground which was easily accessible with our 40’ MH and attached tow car—no grate to remove, just the step on cap. Dense desert shrubbery is in and around the campground as well as numerous trees, all of which were blooming profusely during our stay. Animals we saw during our stay included lizards, white-tailed and jackrabbits, 13-lined squirrels, roadrunners, Scaled Quail, and countless songbirds. If you like walking/hiking/biking there are trails and roadways inside and outside the park. The night sky is gorgeous as are the sunsets. The park is very quiet. During our stay, there were high winds on several days including one night with wind gusts of 45 mph. The campground is just 18 miles north Carlsbad, NM which offers shopping and dining. Mexican restaurants are not open on Sundays. Google maps does indeed show the state park on the wrong side of the lake. Garmin and Bing show the state park’s location correctly. The nearby Living Desert State Park and Zoo is worth the visit even though it’s not included in the annual camping permit; cost is $5 per adult. We received four bars 4G on our AT&T cell phone. We used our Millenicom jetpack as a Wi-Fi hotspot and it worked very well on four bars of Verizon 4G LTE. OTA TV had 12 channels. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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dsbikedan

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 2 nights as a home base for visiting the Carlsbad Caverns. I would have to say the caverns are the best we have visited and really enjoyed the self guided tour with the audio box. We reserved a space due to being 43' long. There were only 4 spaces available 2 days before we arrived that would accommodate our RV, the online fee is an additional $8. Very nice campground with very nice hosts. We had a car hauler that they directed us to park in the space by their site. Wish they had sewer at more sites, but we were able to easily dump at the dump station before we reattached the car hauler. Not to sure what large grate the previous poster had to remove. There is a simple step on cap located between the 2 entrances. They must have missed that. Also. the small moth like bugs were very annoying and a week later we are still finding them flying around in our RV. But we were in a park and we were camping. I would rather deals with nature than be parked in the city at one of the other campgrounds we found while visiting Carlsbad. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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obxblond

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Great Park. Sites are paved, fairly level and plenty of space between them. Some tree coverage but most provide minimal shade. Lake level low and did not see anyone on it. Not that big - maybe good for kayak. Fishing available but signage indicated it was catch and release, advising to not eat any fish caught due to high DDT levels. Easy trip to Carlsbad Caverns - maybe 1 hour drive. Visit to Caverns well worth the trip. Roswell about 50 miles North. Easy trails for a nice walk - not challenging though. Very nice playground for kids. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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User3390

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

W/E only, Sewer sites are taken by hosts. Have been full timer for 2 years and these are the best Host I've ever seen! Wonderful people. Dump station is mostly unusable as the entry/exit is very tight and has a giant sewer grate to move. Otherwise, what an Excellent place to stay! The wind can really blow as there is nothing to stop it, but an excellent home base for Carlsbad Caverns & Desert Bloom state park in the area. Good hiking trails and excellent restroom/shower facilities. Back-in sites area mostly level and at the right time would be Excellent star gazing options. Google has it listed on the wrong side of the lake - it's on the East side - but Garmin found it down a good unpaved road. No problems and I think you should check it out. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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katinfoco

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park and very inexpensive. Not much to see or do unless you boat or fish. No trees in the surrounding area but a few at the campground. About 5 miles from highway 285. Flat, blacktop sites. Sites could have been swept to remove some of the small rock that was everywhere. A good place to camp if visiting Carlsbad. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Desert Beacon

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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FrancisandRenee

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place for what we needed. We had water and electric (30amp). We were on our way from Santa Fe south to Florida and decided to stop and see Carlsbad caverns. This state park is 45 minutes from there, but a good stopping point for us to get up the next day and go to the caverns and continue on. You could just drive to the caverns and back, but it just happened for us to pass thru. Good TV and Verizon reception. The lake was dirty, but we didn't go near it anyway. Good roads and pads with a table, cover and grill. Lots of rabbits. Easy enough, we decided to stay two nights because it was cold the first day and didn't want to travel. Fifteen to twenty minutes to Carlsbad. You are in the middle of now where out here. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Shin

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park. We stayed here for one week. The grounds were clean and well maintained. The playground was more than adequate for our three kids. Due to its rather remote location, we had lots of starry nights. We also saw several different types of rabbits - some were HUGE! We also enjoyed the coyotes howling at night (probably trying to catch a rabbit or two). Would stay here again. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Jim Crabb

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Close enough to Carlsbad to offer excellent alternative especially for the price. Actually arrived by accident since I couldn't get any response from the ones closer to town. Waited on line for 12 minutes while the person who answered and ask me to wait, put the phone down, and waited on 7 cashier customers. Finally gave up and decided to keep driving. Would definitely stay again since it is the right distance for me - to or from Santa Fe. If only 30 amp sites are available might want to consider that for summer trip using A/C. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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User3141

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Generous, level sites with asphalt pads and shade--sheltered picnic tables. Fair amount of pine and other trees, considering the desert environment. Several good hiking trails. Lake level is extremely low due to the drought, but this is a great base camp for visiting Carlsbad, the caverns, and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Verizon 4G works great, 3 or 4 bars of signal. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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  • Carlsbad Caverns is about 45 min. and shopping in Carlsbad 15 min.

    gwalterDecember 2014

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