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Carlsbad, New Mexico

Brantley Lake State Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico


33 East Brantley Lake Rd
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221
Phone: (575) 457-2384

Sites: 51
Recent Rate: $4 4/2017

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Latitude: 32.563452399006
Longitude: -104.38030958176
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

106 Reviews

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful spot to spend some time....although it's 35 miles from the Caverns, we prefer the state park setting compared to the resort style...the sites are fairly level and it's big rig friendly....the services worked good although we did lose electric one night for about an hour, around 4 in the morning....there are only 3 sites with sewer but they have a dump station...the sites have good spacing between them which is nice since there are no large trees to help seclude you....the restrooms were clean but the push button showers are a pain but tolerable....a lot of wildlife around the campground.....we would stay here again....beautiful sunsets and views of the lake.....all the picnic tables are on a covered patio which is nice.....beware of the wind and your awning, we never put ours out ......... We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful area, Guadalupe mountain national park, Carlsbad Caverns national park and Roswell.....

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park with great views. Roads are paved sites are gravel. Site 25 is a former park host site and the only site available with sewer hookup. Our site (site2) said max 35' RV length on the reservation site but we easily got our 40' coach on the site and could have got a 45' coach on the site. Quiet and beautiful sunsets. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you're up for a challenging hike do the Dog Canyon hike. Round trip was 12 miles from our campsite and back and took us 9 hours. Steep and strenuous at times. Be sure to visit White Sands National Monument. On Saturdays and Sundays the park manager gives guided tours of Oliver Lee's ranch house that has been restored. Very interesting tour.

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

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We had reservations when we got to the Gate; the Camp ranger told us that the "paper was already sent down for the day"..apparently to the Camp Hosts. We were to check in with them; thankfully I knew the Camp site we were to go to as we went to the Camp Hosts x 2 without them being in. The trash was overflowing for several days and plastic bags blowing in the park. We never did see the hosts over our 5 day visit. We went to the Ranger Station several times and it was always closed. The restrooms were clean but cold- windows open in the ladies shower room and the temperatures were in the low 40's at night. It also did not get that warm in the day. Carlsbad also was not a highlight...the caverns were indeed a good visit- but the town is not in good repair. I would not visit this park again. Only 3 full hook ups available at the park. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We prefer to camp in a park like setting and our setting here was great with a very good view of the lake and sunset. The sites are gravel and fairly level. Restrooms were clean but as noted cold and I did not really like the push button system to get water for the shower plus you could not control the temperature. We had no ranger at the gate, visitors center was closed, and we never saw the campground host either. We also missed not having a fire ring. We did however have horrific winds so be careful about that. All in all a good 3 night stop and we would camp here again. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived without a reservation on a Tuesday night just at sunset. Had called earlier & were told that we had a pretty good chance of getting one of the unreserved sites (#31-50). We got the last pull-thru, but, there were several other sites still available. Site was level and large. Mosquitoes were terrible after dark, but, seemed to be better in the morning. We left early & cannot report on the park. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Brantley Lake for 7 nights to visit Carlsbad Caverns. Great low price for the site and amenities. The park was about 25% occupied while we were there in November. We had a reservation for a back-in site with a nice view of the lake. Nice site separation, level, gravel pad, picnic table with shelter and wall for wind protection. Bathrooms were relatively clean (must have been cleaned since previous reviews). Private shower, but open large area for changing. Visitors center was closed every time we went to visit. Our main complaint about the campground was that during our week at the park there was a strong chemical or petroleum smell. It seemed to get worse at times, especially at night. We googled the area looking for nearby chemical plants or oil production facilities, but did not find anything, so not sure what the smell was. Would not return to this park because of that. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Recommend a tour of Carlsbad Caverns. Easy to spend an entire day with the self-guided tour or one of the ranger lead tours. Amazing underground formations.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed for 3 nights while visiting Carlsbad Caverns in a pull through site in the non-reservation section. Very nice big sites, clean, good views of the reservoir. Camp host stopped by to welcome us shortly after we picked our site. Electric and water worked great. Verizon signal strong. No cable but we caught some off air TV. The only problem we had was that the dump station was a bit tight for our big rig. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss Carlsbad Caverns, particularly the bat flight program.

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, affordable NM State Park. The sites are gravel, mostly large, set far enough apart for good privacy, might require some leveling, and have a picnic table and shade shelter. The grounds are well kept with the exception of overflowing dumpsters the first two nights we were here. Oh, and there were tons of house flies and gnats around. Bring insect spray. The restroom/shower building was good news/bad news. They are spacious and bright with very large shower stalls with shelves for your bath products. The shower is an on/off button setup. Each button push is for about 4 minutes. No way to adjust the flow at all but there was plenty of hot water and good pressure when I used it. The bad news is that they were not that clean. There were two hunks of hair on the floor of the shower stall and there are tons of cobwebs and spiders in all the windows and the overhead light fixtures and skylight. If spiders freak you out, you probably should shower elsewhere. Also, there is no private changing area. There is a long bench along the common area outside of the shower stalls with some hooks for towels but no place for dry stuff in the stalls themselves. Other than that, this is a good value for $14 for water and electric for a few days while in the area. No wi-fi, but Verizon signal was very strong. I'd stay again. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice place to stay if you're going to Carlsbad Caverns. But it filled up while we were there; luckily had reservations. Saw many "reserved" that remained empty all night. Hope that the lost deposits as several people were looking for spots.

There is an "overflow" area; fee is only $8.00, but you'll be boondocking it. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

No criticisms of the park but was not to our liking. No sewer hook up that I asked for at Reserve America. Sites are close together and are angled for easier backing in. There were many empty sites which is a different observation than other reviewers. We had reservations for 2 nights and stayed 1. We camped in a travel trailer. There is a lot of wildlife in the area which is fun to sit and watch. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns just 30 minutes away.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

The park was very nice. The sites are far apart with great picnic cover and wall for wind block, very little trees. Cleared path down to a nice little beach area. The only issue, the 30 amp electricity kept tripping throughout the hottest part of the day. We and at least 6 other sites around us had to reset the breaker every 7 to 10 minutes between 2pm til 8:30pm every day and the park attendants had to reset the main breaker often. The park attendants were very good and kept checking on all of the sites affected. We stayed four nights and 5 days. They say that it has been recently fixed but it is still an issue. Would definitely stay again if this situation was truly corrected. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Only electric and water hookups. But there is a dump station. There are nice views of the lake from all sites. I didn't see any beach where you could swim. Probably not a good idea to stay here in summer. Not much shade. The AC was working hard to stay ahead of the 100+ temps.

It's about 45 minutes to the caverns.
The restrooms and shower were clean. But the shower came out in a single hard stream. Not really functional. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

See Carlsbad Caverns

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice enough State Park but the drive off the highway seems never ending! July would not be my first pick of months to be here but we had a deadline. Water, 50amp elect worked well in the desert heat. I was a bit taken back that the Ranger station was not staffed when we arrived(afternoon).....so picking your campsite was a memory jogger...I had to access the internet to find our site numbers thinking they might have a posting of it at the Ranger station? We enjoyed lite thunder storms during the evening hours and the drive to the Cavern's wasn't bad. I'd go back here but at a different time of year. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Very quite, slept well, plenty of wildlife, rabbits, roadrunners, dove,s quail. You can walk down to the lake to fish!!!!! Payment is honorary metal box first come first serve. Somewhat out of the way......but who wants to camp next to a major highway. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

About 12 miles north of Carlsbad. 50 amp electric and water at most sites. A few also have sewer. Dump station along access road. Lots of room between sites. 200 yard path leads to lake edge, though not a good place to play in the lake. Very clean restrooms with showers (water saver heads). Sites all have a covered picnic table and BBQ grille. Limited vegetation in vicinity all covered with spines & thorns. Lake attracts a variety of birds. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Visited Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks as well as Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Time well spent.

Really good BBQ at Red Chimney Pit BBQ in Carlsbad. Tender, flavorful ribs glazed with a slightly sweet sauce. Tasty pulled pork with house made mustard based sauce on the side.

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