Carlsbad KOA

     


Carlsbad, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 457-2000

Sites: 104
Avg. Rate: $40

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Latitude: 32.5877526
Longitude: -104.4169289

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 109
  • Good 50
  • Average 8
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 2

175 Reviews

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mrpeepers

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Weekly rate reflects KOA discount and tax. My first impression of our campsite was “We have so much room!” We had not had sites wider than 25’ in months, so I felt liberated. The campground is in the middle of nowhere, about 20 miles from the town of Carlsbad and 20 miles from Artesia. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The sites are level, gravel but with a strip of grass between each site. There’s a nice table and a fire pit. Clean bath/shower rooms, and the laundry has 9 washers and 6 dryers. The laundry is a bit expensive though. The only bad things: Our first morning there I made tea and noticed that it was cloudy and had a funny taste, so we switched to bottled water for drinking and cooking. They have Dish TV and it kept cutting out. Most of the time it came back on within a minute or two, but one Saturday it cut out completely while my husband was watching a football game. Horrors! All things considered, we would stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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TxDiver

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Spent two nights in order to tour Carlsbad Caverns. Our site was level with a paver patio, concrete picnic table, shaded swing and fire ring. Facilities were excellent except for the laundry which had two dryers out of service. The BBQ take out was good, but pricey and child plates should have been offered. We would camp here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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OurRVLife

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

About an hour away from civilization, caverns, and anything else to do which we kind of liked. Sites were level and clean. Very quiet. At check-in, the lady was really nice and explained they cook a BBQ dinner (for a fee) every night. If you want them to provide a meal, you'd have to have order in by 6:15pm. Escort provided into spot. Not a lot of shade, but it is New Mexico. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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Bob Woodall

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Level rock sites and wide with good spacing between sites. Many oil field works on the back side of Park. They have activities for kids, good BBQ menu, friendly, would stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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User2990

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at this KOA last year and we were looking forward to staying here again. We were so disappointed this year. The only showers with hot water were the unisex showers located in a satellite building. That was 3 showers for both men and women. There were only 3 washers and only 2 of them worked. I was left with load of towels that the spin cycle didn't work. They refunded my money but didn't take the machine out of operation. They said sometimes it did work! The sites were level, gravel and very dusty. Facilities were dated and it was 15 minute drive to town which was worth it last year. Had gone downhill since last year. Would not stay there again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Tiara38

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

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Poorly maintained park - shabby, peeling paint, broken tables. No hot water in the showers in main restrooms. Waiting for new washers, so couldn't do laundry. Unheated pool, site hookups (water and sewer) in poor condition - our water leaked and we had to get a maintenance man to turn the spigot it was so tight! Think we should have been told about the hot water and washer situation before we paid, or given a discount. We have stayed in KOAs across the country, this was the worst. Won't return. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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SeaLandSkyPhoto

Review Count: 72
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Flat gravel campground with good access roads. Long, level pull-through with decent inter-site spacing. Quiet. A few small trees here and there, but nothing in the way of shade. Good power (but no real load in the campground as too cool for a/c to be running). Wi-Fi good signal strength and decent speed. Good Verizon cell signal (4 bars). Did not use other utilities. Good for overnight or longer stays. We will stay here again when in the area. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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ErinandCorbin

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice RV park. Very friendly staff. Well laid out with wide roads (gravel) and level and long pull-through sites. We originally planned on staying 2 nights to visit the caverns, but due to a water leak (ugh!) had to cut our trip short, so only able to stay one night. The office staff was more then accommodating on refunding our $$ for the 2nd night (and then some!). Everyone tried to help with mobile RV techs (unfortunately they were all just busy). We decided to pack up and head to ABQ the next morning and hit Camping World for the fix. We were very impressed with this KOA (for a lot of reasons). Yes, it's gravel and can be a little dusty (what isn't in NM?...we're all dusty here). The sites were wide and long with easy peazy pull-in and being shown to our site just makes it much better. There are a few trees and grass between sites. There was no "smell" as others have stated. We were very comfortable here, and will definitely be back; especially, for the BBQ dinner. We hear it's good! Thanks for a "short" stay. Can't wait to come back soon! We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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johnanann

Review Count: 211
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is actually located about 15 miles out of town, but it is much nicer than the one in town. We were here three summers ago and there have been some nice improvements. The roads are all level gravel with grass in between each site. The trees have matured a bit and make the park look prettier. The Wi-Fi is excellent and a few TV stations are available. There is an on-site cafe. We will return if we ever try to get to Carlsbad Caverns again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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Nrf

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

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

After reading a few of the reviews (bad odor in the evenings and stickers/burrs in the pet run area) we thought about not calling in a reservation, but we were glad we stayed here. Everyone was very friendly and we found only a few stickers/burrs but more in some of the grassy areas. We did not find it to be much of a problem and we found the entire park to be beautifully maintained and exceedingly pleasant! A bit far from the caverns but believe it is still the nicest campground in the entire area. Level and large sites, good electric, picnic tables and some sites have large patios (at an extra price). We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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User3242

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

Date of Stay: - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice facilities. Unfortunately every night around sundown thru sunrise there is the most awful smell. The whole park stinks! The work campers told us it is from the near by oil fields; however, long term residents said it was the park's sewer treatment lagoon. I don't know what the smell was, but we didn't get one night's good sleep. Even with all the doors and windows of our fifth wheel closed, we were awakened every night by the stench! We cut our trip short because we could no longer stand it. Would never stay here again. Wish I could get a refund. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Oregonhome

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in a cabin for only one night. I would not have wanted to stay here in our tent trailer because there wasn't much shade and it was very hot. The cabin was clean but a little cramped for 4 people. The staff upon check in was very friendly. Our one complaint was the shower house was very hot, there was no air circulating at all so it was very uncomfortable after showering. It seems they would have provided some portable fans to help with air movement. I propped open the doors a couple of times. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Campground Cabin.

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Gerry9

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Fifteen miles from town. In the middle of no where, but very nice clean and very helpful management. On site food. Everything is great, except location to the town. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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cgaskins

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Not a destination place, but good enough for a night or two when visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Carlsbad is a dusty little town with very little in it. The KOA park is really far north (about 20 minutes north of town) and is not convient to anything. However, it is by far the nicest place in Carlsbad. The entire place is all gravel: not one stitch of grass. The hookups all worked (power, water, sewer and cable TV). The pool was clean and small but it cooled us off since it was 109 when we got here. One lady in the office was very nice and very pleasant. The other lady was almost mean and very grouchy. The way she talked to the other person working there was embarrassing. I would stay here again if I were ever in Carlsbad, but I have no intention of ever going to Carlsbad again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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BB_TX

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice RV park. Nice staff. Sites are wide with lots of room between you and your neighbors. Everything worked well. Only used the wi-fi a minimum, but it worked when I did. Barbeque served on site was good, and price reasonable considering you would have to drive nearly 20 miles to the nearest town to eat otherwise. Two separate fenced dog areas, and we always found at least one empty to let our dog in without having to worry about other dogs. Kids would be entertained by the rabbits roaming through the sites. Only downsides: 1. it is nearly 20 miles to the town of Carlsbad and another 25+ to the caverns. 2. There are burrs in some parts of the grass in the sites. Our dog got them in her feet and could barely walk when we unknowingly let her walk there. Barefoot kids could have a problem also. We would stay there again when in the area. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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