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Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad KOA

Carlsbad, New Mexico



2 Manthei Road, Highway 285
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Phone: (575) 457-2000

Sites: 104
Recent Rate: $50 5/2016

Latitude: 32.5877526
Longitude: -104.4169289

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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 ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • 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 yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • 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 yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • 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 no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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SMorin

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $43.00
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This is a nice campground with gravel roads and pads. It has very easy access to US Hwy 285 and the sites in the area although the entrance is curvy so go slowly. Our long premium site had a concrete patio with a table and grass between the sites. There were no trees to interfere with satellite, but we had some trouble connecting to the wifi for a couple of days. We did take advantage of the on-site barbeque for dinner, and it was delicious. We would consider staying here again if we are in the area. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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Rd yacht

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $58.00
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Spent two nights. Not the closest park to the Caverns but one of the best KOA's we have ever stayed in. Roads are gravel, well maintained and very wide. Sites are gravel, level and have plenty of separation. Wi-Fi is dependent on how many are using and can be slower at times. We were escorted to our site and the water bib was sprayed with alcohol due to the rabbits in the area (an obvious concern for the health of their guests. We had the BBQ dinner delivered to our site ans it was quite good. If all KOA's were this good they would dominate the industry. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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pjstewart51

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $50.00
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We camped here in a 39 foot 5W. The pull through site was big enough for the RV. We had to park our truck across in front but not a problem. We stayed 2 nights. Never got on the WiFi. Our Cable TV was not much the first night and we lost our cable all together the 2nd night. The campground itself is really nice. You are are in the middle of nowhere. 20 miles from town but worth it. Staff is very nice. The owner smokes his own meats for dinners every night here. You can eat in the clubhouse, pick it up, or they will deliver it. It's very good. A must is the Carlsbad Caverns and Sitting Bull Falls. The office will give you direction. The Caverns are about 40 miles but worth the drive and the falls are about 32 miles away. Again worth the drive. Sites are gravel with a small concrete pad, fire pit, some have grills and swings. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns and Sitting Bull Falls

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Freedom Bus

Review Count: 164
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $50.00
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This park is a few miles out of town but well worth it. A VERY nice KOA. We chose a premium site and had a covered patio with swing & picnic table. Grass on every site along with a firepit. The roads are wide and a little dusty but this is NM. The dog park has grass and is very clean. We had dinner delivered to our rig and it was great. Personnel is friendly & helpful. Definitely worth the extra drive. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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monamonaco

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $48.00
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Great front office staff, lots of material given with respect to local attractions, menu for BBQ available daily with either pick-up or delivery to your site; escorted to site and willing to assist with set-up if needed. Nice, well groomed gravel sites with grassy area for picnic table & Fire-pit. Nice spacing between sites. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns, Sitting Bull Falls, Living Desert within easy driving distance. Carlsbad 10 minutes south; Artesia 20 minutes north.

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Gone to the Dog Show

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $50.00
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Large level gravel sites. Maintenance personnel seemed to be driving by every 15 minutes, so the place was very clean. They smoke their own meats which you can it delivered to your rig (complete meal) during dinner hours. Nice play park for the kids and dog walk areas. We would stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns.

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Jeff S from PA

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $50.00
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Located 20 miles north of town, 30 miles from caverns. Stayed 3 nights. Nice & quiet. Wifi weak at our site near satellite lavatories. Sites are large. Main building showers shut down for renovation. Only 3 showers active for entire park. 2nd night woke up to real bad rotten egg smell. Thought it was a sewer backup or propane leak. Turned out to be normal smell of the oil wells in the area when there is no wind. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Trinity Hotel is great for wine tasting & dinner

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John Borajkiewicz

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $42.00
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Very nice campground and plenty big. The site we had was an end site and we had a swing on the corner. The fire pit was gorgeous and we had a barbecue as well. The patio was just in the right spot. The clubhouse was nice and had a great meal service.
I would have rated this campground higher but as with many of the places we have stayed on this trip the WiFi was terrible. Campgrounds should not be able to say they have wifi unless it actually has a good wifi service because I'm sure it is included in the cost. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns naturally. Just be ready in case the elevator is broken. 70 stories walk to get out.

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RagTopDay

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $45.00
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Large, level pull-through sites. Access roads are gravel as are camping pads. There is grass between sites. Wi-Fi was average. Unable to connect with my laptop (not unusual), but IPhone and IPad connected. Verizon 4G service was good. Bathrooms in main building are ceramic tile done in a southwest motif, very clean, and included heat lamps in the shower dressing area. However, the auxiliary bathhouse in the center of the campground was out-of-order. One of the shower stalls in the main building was also not working. There was a waiting line for showers in the women's room at 7:30 am until at least 9 am, and the campground was far from full. Campground is located in a rural area, just off Hwy 285. About 15 minutes to drive into Carlsbad, and another 30 minutes to Carlsbad Caverns. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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LarryB

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $40.00
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Excellent park with long and level pull-thru sites. Very accommodating owners and staff. They offer bbq dinners in the evening. Grounds and buildings exceptionally clean and well maintained. All utilities worked well. Highly recommend this park and would stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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SandKe

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $45.00
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Fantastic campground and facilities. Others have commented on the odor at night and it is definitely there. There are a lot of oil refineries in the area and I am assuming that is where it comes from. Allow an hour to get to the actual caverns from the campground. The drive is worth it to stay at Carlsbad KOA. The site was very easy to get to and level. We were escorted to our site and our escort even sprayed the water hook up before we used it. This is a quiet park with friendly staff and a fun gift shop. The laundry facilities are excellent. We would stay here again. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

We really enjoyed our lunch at Trinity Hotel in Carlsbad.

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scubajoe

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $44.00
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A big park with actual grass! Not easy to find in this part of the world. The sites are larger than most and level. Some full time folks here, but they keep their sites very neat and are super nice and friendly. There are two dog parks, both with grass! There are also loads of rabbits, so walking the dogs can be a challenge if they like to chase small furry things! I would have given this park a higher rating, except for some reason we have a loss of power from the 50amp and could only run 1 AC unit and while we were out, because of the power share feature in our coach and not having enough power to run everything we lost power to our hotspot and baby monitor that we use to keep an eye on the dogs while we are out (monitors temp. as well).......for us it was a big problem and now we are having to run our generator to cool the RV. Thankfully it's not horribly hot, but in the summer, it would be downright dangerous if this happened and you left pets in your RV or trailer. One of the higher priced KOAs and the loss of power is a big problem for us. For that reason, we would not stay here again. Which is sad, because the rest of the park is nice. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns is about 45 minutes away and just amazing! Give yourselves plenty of time to walk through the caverns. We walked in the Natural entrance and then walked through the Big Room. The total walk is about 3 miles, but it takes time. Then stay for the Bat flight program (Doesn't happen in winter, as the bats migrate) and watch 300,000 bats leave the cave in the late evening. Absolutely amazing!

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margeandbob

Review Count: 61
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $45.00
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We stayed here for 4 nights. Good location if you want to visit Roswell and Carlsbad caverns. Just about an hour drive each way. Staff was very helpful with directions and information. Verizon and mifi worked well. Power was good. Sites are pull thru and large space and between rigs. Laundry was good. Very quiet at night. We would stay here again Ownership show pride in their campground. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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RobtL

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $52.00
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This was our first time parking at a KOA, and this one certainly had excellent reviews. If you were to stay for at least a few days, had a family, and could exploit all the amenities here, I can see why people would love it. For us, it was pleasant but nothing too special, and it was expensive. The site was nice, full hookups, and the WiFi was...well, better than many places, but still had a lot to be desired. The cable stations available were meh. The staff were very nice and helpful. In the future, if we're just passing through, we'll try a less expensive option. If we were going to stay in the area, though, it would be considered. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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Yumagecko

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $45.00
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Great place.

Would be a ten if trees were providing more shade.

All staff super friendly, fast check in.

All facilities clean and in working order. We camped at Carlsbad KOA in a Motorhome.

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