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Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $20.00
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. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Carlsbad, Carlsbad Caverns, Brantly state park lake.
Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $14.00
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. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $18.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $14.00
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.
Carlsbad Caverns is about 45 min. and shopping in Carlsbad 15 min.
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $18.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $4.00
$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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $14.00
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.Undo
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