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Brantley Lake State Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico


33 East Brantley Lake Rd
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221
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Sites: 51
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.56345
Longitude: -104.38031

Elevation: 3316' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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126 Reviews

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

This park has a couple small trails but they are rocky. Only a few sites have sewer, but there is a dump station nearby. Electricity is 30 amp only. All sites have a view of the lake which is a bit of a distance away. Great Verizon. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns is about an hour south but you need to go there!

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Review Count: 124
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This state park we stayed out (our second time) on the way from San Antonio up thru to Santa Fe. We wanted to visit Carlsbad Caverns again so this cheap, clean, easy state park was our first choice. We arrived after dark but knew our way around so we found an open site. There were no open sites in the first come loop but in the reserve loop, there were plenty that had one night only and could be used without a reservation. When we got up the next morning, we looked on line and the site we chose was empty for the entire week (along with half the loop). We stayed two nights and paid each night without making the reservation. Verizon cell and over the air channels work well here. Two nights without sewer was no big deal but there are a couple you can reserve with full hookups. The park is a long drive to Carlsbad and into the park is a long drive off the main rode but we like it enough to forgo that convenience. Self registration and clean bathrooms. The sites are rather short and mostly back-ins but if u want to unhook there is room to put the truck out of the way. A big hill and plenty of walking to the lake etc. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

This park suites our needs to visit Carlsbad but the town itself has grown because of the near by oil fields. The drive from Pecos to Carlsbad was horrible. Truck traffic and rush hour snarls the entire way. The traffic lights thru town make for a very frustrating drive at times and long lines of big trucks make for long delays. Good Mexican taco trucks and small restaurants plus everything commercial you need.

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Review Count: 141
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Access is paved all the way. Perimeter roads are paved and in good condition. Check in was very easy (self check in). Our site, 49, was a back in with a covered table, power, water with a grill on a stand. OTA TV was good, Verizon was 4 bars. This is a very quiet park. No long terms were noted. There is a 14 day max stay. We used this park as a base to visit The Carlsbad Caverns. It is a bit of a drive but we just didn't like the reviews for parks closer in. We are glad we stayed here. $14,00 for a power and water site is a bargain. There are not services or restaurants within walking distance. Washrooms and showers appeared clean and well maintained. Free dump station just a ways down the road. We would return. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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
Tips for other Campers:

One must do the Carlsbad Caverns!!!

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a reservable site with sewer hookup that was in the back of the lot. Had to use 2 sewer hoses to reach. Easy to level. Water pressure good. Parking spot big enough for 40' fifth wheel. Had to disconnect. Steps down to the picnic area was kind of nice, yet left little room to step out of the RV on level ground. Easy to get around in our big rig on the inner roads. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

When looking for an RV park that is close to Carlsbad Caverns, this one stands out simply because its so beautiful. Its a bit of a drive (25 minutes from the town of Carlsbad) but the roads are good and the stars are clear at night. Most of the sites have views of the water (and all are just a short walk to the shore line). Its high desert so expect to see rabbits and coyotes; this lake is also on the fly zone so expect to see lots of water fowl. Only a few of the sites had sewer hookups; dump station is conveniently located on the road in/out. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The drive to Carlsbad Caverns is less than an hour. Best grocery store in town is the Albertsons. The local Zoo & Botanical Gardens are a bit tired and in need of attention (so show them some love and drop by).

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed 4 days and enjoyed what the area had to offer. The caverns are not that far away and you had shopping available in Carlsbad if needed. We had an unexpected visitor every morning (road runner), he/she would stand by the tree at our site and watch us eat breakfast. Then by the time we were done it would move on. The campground is a great location. Power to our site was out of order. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

WOW! This campground is one of the BEST we have ever stayed in! The views are spectacular, you can swim or fish in the lake, which is a short walk from any campsite. The site we had was Full Hookup, they are ````Limited but well worth it! Showers and bathrooms were clean and very well maintained! It was a few miles off the main roads but so worth it for the incredible sunrise and sunsets! Each camp site had its own covered picnic table. This campground is one of the best! We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

This is great fro visiatimg the Carlsbad Caberns which were breathtaking! Take the "bat entrance" so with the hike!

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice State Park with great rates to stay in when visiting Carlsbad Caverns and other area attractions. I would stay here again. The only downside is no sewer hook ups. However, the dump station was good and they had pressured water to flush your black tank. I brought my portable tank to take the black/grey water so would not have to move the trailer but it was way too far to the dump station (about .60 miles) to use. Also it was super windy when we were there. Nice trails to the lake. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow 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: 68
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The most outstanding quality of this CG is the price ($18) and it's quiet. It's at least 20 min to Carlsbad to get food/fuel/ice/etc and about 1.3 hours to Carlsbad Caverns NP. The SP has a nice lake that appears to support boating and fishing and there is a stream on the access road where we always saw people swimming, fishing and floating around in tubes, as well as a little playground and a gravel walking path to the lake. A few of the RV sites have a tree or 2 so some sites get some shade at different times of day. The humidity is low and it's hot in June with an almost constant breeze, if not wind. Electric was good (we didn't hook up to the water) and spacing was fair. They have a nice metal picnic table anchored to a concrete patio with a steel awning over it and a stone parapet on one side. VzW signal is excellent at 5 bars 4G, but there is no WiFi here. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely state park located 12 miles north of Carlsbad. We were in site 16, a fairly level W/E (no sewer) site which had nice views of the lake (and probably the nicest site if you are in a big rig). Sites are all asphalt and a bit narrow, and the interior roads are good. There are only 3 full hook-up sites. One half of the campground is reservable (sites 1-28) and the other is FCFS (sites 29-51). All sites are back-in, with a covered patio, picnic table and grill, and vary widely in length so chose carefully. Sites will most likely need a leveling block or two as they all appear to have a front to back slope. Good signage to the park. As another reviewer stated, watch your tires coming in through the gate as it's easy to scrape them on the curb. We were able to pick up a dozen or so OTA channels and Verizon service was very good. No laundry facilities here. Nice walking trails, but rocky terrain so take care. Wildlife is prevalent with lots of rabbits, roadrunners and quail. Bathrooms were large with 4 showers and 4 toilets separated by a sink area. Toilets are the prison type; cold steel with no lid. Showers are push button (which literally only lasts one minute) and come out as a fine mist. They are in need of a deep cleaning, as there was a plant growing in one of them. Although there was a hand soap dispenser, it was empty during our 4 day stay. Park has a double dump station surrounded by curbs, but we didn't use it, since it appeared too challenging for our 40' fifth wheel (there is an ill placed dumpster that can prevent you from swinging wide enough to miss scraping your tires on the curb). The park also has a boat ramp and nice covered playground for the kids. The only time we saw a ranger was the day we were leaving, and the visitor's center/check-in was closed all weekend. It was very windy while we were there! However, we enjoyed this park and would definitely return. Rate was $14 per night with a $12 reservation fee. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Carlsbad Caverns is a must see, but the elevators are currently closed for repairs so you will have to hike in and out which is very strenuous. You may want to check their website or call ahead to determine if the repairs are complete before going. The caverns are about an hour drive from the campground. The nearest Walmart is about 20 minutes away.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Very impressed with NM State parks. Only reason for 4 star is that it was not full hookup. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Park is about 40 miles from caverns and 15 miles from town. The caverns were great. The town does not have much, but does have a nice river walk with a small boat ride ($10) up the river. The town is ok. The camp ground is nice but old. The entrance is somewhat tight for large rv's. watch your left rear tires at the curb. Great views from the site, one problem, they have not emptied the dumpsters in forever, trash was flowing over everywhere. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 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: 78
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Nice State Park campground. 1/2 the sites are reserved and 1/2 are first come first served. If you only stay one night they'll let you stay in the reserved section if space is available. We did that. Need an overnight on our way through. Had a 30 amp site for $14. 50amp sites were $18. No sewer. Roads are easy to navigate in a big rig. Verizon signal was good. 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
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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: 44
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Nice quiet park. Half is fcfs and the other half is by reservation. We fcfs and were lucky to get a site. Their reserve system charges you $10. You can stay in a reserve site for one night I it is not reserved that night. But you have move the next day. You can only stay in the reserve section without a reservation one night at a time. You can pay at the park for the reserve section. The reserve section had openings. Our site had its own trash can. It was full when we arrived. That is 35 gallons of trash without someone checking. Someone was not doing their job. The tables are covered. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 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: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

This is overall a very nice state park. It appears that about half of the sites are available under reservation system and half are on a first come/first serve basis. We did not have a reservation when we arrived on a Monday afternoon at about 3:30pm and were able to get a site near the restrooms. Speaking of restrooms-my only complaint about this campground is this area. Toilets are of the "prison type" as my husband calls them-stainless steel toilet bowl without a seat. The showers are push button style with little pressure, little spray and not much warm water. Our site (#50) was adequate for 26 ft motorhome with enough room in front for our tow vehicle. We were able to get level with little effort and enjoyed the fact that there is some space between sites. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
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:

It was a pleasant drive to Carlsbad Caverns on one day and then a brief visit to Guadalupe Mountains (TX side) the next day.

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