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14 RV Parks near El Rancho, New Mexico
We did however find 14 campgrounds within 25 miles of El Rancho. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near El Rancho in the left hand column.
Jun 2018 - $30.00
The park is located about 15 miles north of Santa Fe, but is the most reasonably priced in the area. It's located where the road to Los Alamos goes west. As others have suggested, try to get in rows 5 or 6 which are the farthest away from the highway. There's a stop light right at the park entrance and a hill to the south. The acceleration noise is significant. The park has no amenities - it's just a park. - wow
May 2017 - $31.00
Rate was with 10% GoodSam discount. No sales or lodging tax. Campground is simply a flat gravel/dirt parking lot with no trees or amenities, located along the access road to US 285. On the positive side, each site is easy access for big rigs and all sites are pull-thrus with FHU. I would guess all sites are approx 30'x70', so spacing is better than most parks like this and you probably won't have to disconnect it simply stopping for the night. However, since it is basically a dirt/gravel parking lot, I doubt you will be spending much time outside on your site.
This park is convenient as a base to Sante Fe, Bandelier, National Forest trails, casinos, etc. If you can, get a site in row 6 (600 series site numbers), at least the front windows of your motorcoach will have desert views and you will be furthest from Highway 285. The on site manager is friendly and helpful. I would stay here again if passing thru the area, as the price is fine for 50 amp FHU. - Selectively Unemployed
Apr 2017 - $33.00
We found the park to suit our needs as a convenient base for visiting the parks and historic sites in the area. The sites are larger than we've ever come across. Very clean and neat. Quiet at night. Easy access. There is a service station next to the park that offers diesel. There are restaurants, hardware, and groceries just across the road. - grammadon
Jun 2014 - $1.00
This campground seems to be closed. - exceltraveler
Sep 2012 - $27.00
Upon arrival I produced my Good Sam card and the three woman on duty at the day spa didn't know what to do with it, therefore we did not get the discount. No cable, and no stations available with antenna. Verizon data and phone worked fine. 50% long term old trailers, dirt roads on upper and lower levels are rutted from previous rains. Address is incorrect on their website: correct address is 1318 Riverside Road. Run down, but not much else close by. We'd stay again, but just overnight. - DEBandVINCE
Apr 2012 - $25.00
Park is narrow and slopes downward from the highway which makes this park quieter than most that close to a highway. Good wifi, modern showers with plenty of hot water and average pressure. Pathways are dirt/gravel mix which can be dusty. Overall a nice place to stay as long as you are not looking for a resort. - hmthomas1
Sep 2007 - $20.00
We stayed at Oh Kay RV Park 9/24 - 9/27/07. We chose Oh Kay based on the recommendation of some members on RV.NET. It is not listed in the TL directory. We were looking for a place between Santa Fe and Taos to use as a base while we visited the area. We first felt something might be wrong when the clerk at the registration desk wrote a phone number on the receipt. She said it was the number of the police dispatcher in case we had any problems during our stay there. Then one of the long-term park residents came up to us while we were setting up and told us to make sure we parked our truck to make access to the gas tank difficult. "They like to take gas around here." This gave us a very uneasy feeling during our entire stay. The park itself is badly in need of maintenance. Some of the sites are so full of holes and ruts they are unusable. There apparently once was a playground but it is totally overgrown with weeds. There are some permanent residents and some of their units are complete eyesores. One in the next row from us has large sheets of rusted metal laying against the sides as wheel covers. Sites are supposed to be pull-through but they are only about 30 feet deep. Our TT is 29.5 ft. long and it filled the site. The only place to park the tow vehicle is next to the TT so we can't open the awning. We can't report on the bath house because they must keep it locked and require a $5 deposit for the key. We used our own facilities. To sum up, if it becomes a choice between Oh Kay and a WalMart parking lot, go for the WalMart!! - JimCathy
Sep 2018 - $20.00
We rate this high because it was so convenient! We spent a night and caught the first shuttle to Bandelier and spent our time there and then shuttled back to our RV for lunch and to rest from our hike. We then unhooked our electric and drove to Los Alamos to go to the Bradbury Center and walk around town. The shuttle to Bandelier runs every 20 minutes and it takes about 25 minutes to ride up the mountain. It was a great day. Dumped our tanks and refilled with water and spent a second night. Pay at kiosk with credit card. Bathrooms inside visitor center during hours. Grocery across street and a barber shop and restaurant. We were here on Friday and Saturday night and it was very quiet and only a half dozen other campers. Minimal traffic. Would definitely stop here again. - busyteach
Aug 2018 - $20.00
This campground is basically a converted parking lot. All 16 sites have 50/30/20 amp service. The electricity was excellent hovering around 125 volts. There are no picnic tables, fire rings nor Wi-Fi. Verizon air card and cell phone reception was good. All of the sites are unleveled. Water and a dump station are located on the east side of the campground (near the fire department). First come, first serve; no reservations taken. There is a self-pay machine near the small dog run enabling you to pay the nightly fee of $20. Only credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) are accepted - no cash. The self-pay machine takes payment for one night at a time; multiple night stays will need to pay each day. The official policy is that you can only stay for two weeks per month. Since there is no host we noticed that many of the people were abusing this policy. To make it even worse, most people were not paying the daily fee. There is a visitor center next to the campground and a shuttle to Bandelier National Monument. You can only drive into Bandelier before 9 AM and after 3 PM. Bathrooms are available within the visitor center during business hours. There is a new housing development near the campground that created a lot of noise. However, work stopped around 3 PM. It was pretty quiet at night. We would come back to this campground if we were in the area. We have a 30 foot 5th wheel. - adsaxs
Feb 2018 - $56.00
Another great park for our trip. We used a pull thru for convenience. It was just the right size, good situation for elec sewer water. We liked this property and will return. - Ginger56
Sep 2017 - $6.00
It's hard to rate this campground. If you are tenting or have a small rig--under 20 feet--it is definitely a 10. Clean convenient and very interesting. There are no reservations but small rigs/tents should easily find a spot. . We were there Sunday to Wednesday and the campground was less than a third full. Here's the down side, of the 60 sites only 9 are long enough for anything over 20 feet. Since I found a site I could get my 22 foot trailer and truck into I am rating it a 10. Had to park the truck crosswise, however. And getting all 4 wheels on the pad was not easy! It would be very disappointing to drive to Bandelier and not be able to find a site in a half empty cg. Be certain to have a back up plan.
And there is always the parking lot cg by the visitors center in White Rock. Tip for finding a vacant longer site--go to c ring first. It has to most RV friendly sites and most people go to A first. - NT2013
May 2017 - $6.00
Juniper Campground is located just inside the main entrance to Bandelier National Monument. The road from White Rock looks scary on the map, but it was actually very easy in our 39' motor home with a toad. It's better than going through an inspection in Los Alamos. All interior roads and sites are paved and easy for big rigs. The first Loop has a few sites for larger rigs. Look for sites 6, 9, 10, or 17. 9 is a pull thru but unlevel. B Loop has almost no sites for a big rig, but several for smaller RVs. C Loop has about 8 larger sites. 55 is the only level pull thru. The rest are all back-in. The campground is very clean and you self register at the kiosk. The hosts are friendly and helpful. Firewood is available by the host site. There is lots of hiking in the park, and a visit to the ruins is a must. We also really enjoyed Tsankawi, which is a small section just before White Rock. Very different from the main area and worth the effort. Lots of people Hike down the Frey Trail to the ruins and the visitor center, then take the shuttle back. Starting mid-May, you have to take the shuttle down. We had weak cellular wireless, both ATT and Verizon, about 2 bars at most, and that was only with our Weboost booster. Without a booster, we had no signal on ATT or Verizon. However, both Los Alamos and White Rick have towers and free Wifi locations. The Smiths grocery store in Los Alamos is fabulous. Huge store, like a super Walmart but with a much better grocery section. Definitely worth a stop. We did drive further up Rt 4 in our toad, and it gets a bit hairy as you climb into the Jemez mountains. Big rigs would need the entire road in sections and even then could get into trouble on the switchbacks. - CharlieS
Aug 2016 - $6.00
This is a beautiful, quiet place to stay while enjoying the trails and sights of this marvelous park. Free shuttle service to the various sites one might wish to go. Plenteous hiking trails and wonderful visitor's center. Camp sites cam be a bit sloped, requiring leveling your rig. - W Davidson
Nov 2018 - $45.00
Access to the park is easy. Signage was okay. Check in was quick and informative. We were guided to our site and the attendant insisted on guiding us in. Parameter roads are paved and in good condition. Our site (22) was a back in. The base was "WASHED" gravel with a table and concrete patio. Power water and sewer were well placed but the sewer receptacle was high and the gravel next to it was low (only points lost). Even with our trestle it was not easy to dump. For an urban park it was quiet. All of the buildings maintain the correct southwestern architecture. Propane is available on site both for bottles and under-slung tanks. Rules are not too restrictive but are adhered to. This is a very pleasant park. We paid $46.99 with tax including our G S discount. We feel that we received good value and would return if in the area. - Rollin Ollens
Sep 2018 - $57.00
Enjoyed having a site with a cement pad. Reasonable close to downtown and lots of local shopping, including a Walmart very close. Why does this resort not have cable TV? - AvalonDF41
Aug 2018 - $52.00
Expensive, and you are mostly paying for the location close to town. The park itself is very nicely manicured and well kept, but the spaces are very tight and there is horrible noise, including sirens, all day from the 6 lane road the park is sited on. Still, it is very convenient if you want to be able to visit the attractions in Santa Fe without having to drive. You can get a bus or access the bike trail nearby. Customer service was professional and friendly enough. I was a little put out to find a pop up tent parked next to me - since what little privacy exists in your front yard space pretty much disappears when there is someone sitting there five feet away on the other side of a mesh screen. The neighborhood is a little sketchy, though it seemed safe enough during the day, and the park advises you to lock up bikes at night. - KAP99
Sep 2016 - $19.00
We cannot recommend this park as a place to stay over one night. It is better suited to people wanting to hike trails. There were only 8 RV sites with hookups. Three were vacant. Two of these did not have acceptable working electric outlets. The one we found was not level and positioned one's sleepy head 20 feet from a busy noisy road. It is difficult to find with poor directions. No staff available after 4:30 pm. - W Davidson
Jul 2015 - $10.00
Reserved Site 49. Web site indicates site 49 is an RV site with no hookups. Actually is tent only and can not get RV in. No one on site during the week due to Labor Shortage and no refund available. Lost $52 due to in accurate information on the web site. Not happy. - Coleywhite
Jul 2014 - $10.00
Campground has about 10 spaces with lights and water. The night we stayed Saturday night, half of those spaces were empty but reserved. The people never showed up. We stayed in overflow spot at bottom of the hill. We could smell the cars coming down the hill brakes overheating. New Mexico reservation system is confusing to out of staters. There was a wedding reception at the pavilion. Tthey had a lot of fun well into the night. If we were in lights and water spot it would be OK, but othe wise, I think we'll pass. Nice view up the hill of Santa Fe. - Jim Lee
Nov 2018 - $40.00
This is our go to place when visiting Santa Fe as we left Carlsbad and within four or five hours can make it up to the outskirts of Santa Fe. This RV park is on a main road leading into down town. It is growing more and more each time we visit but the area has everything you need and easy access to the town. This is a smallish park with different types of spots, 30, 50, pull thru and back in are all different prices. We always opt for the cheapest. The fall is not busy but balloon festival is a mad house. The office staff is friendly and easy going but we have only ever been when the park was mostly empty so no idea how crowded it gets in busy times. Verizon cell, over the air TV and sat signal are all great. I even used the wifi for a large amount of my data needs this time. There is another park near by but others are further out so this location is best for us. - FrancisandRenee
Oct 2018 - $50.00
Okay, first off, we were there during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta so every park within 50 miles of Albuquerque was charging 'festival rates'. That being said, the normal rate would be more acceptable. The park is kind of hard to find (signage is not good on the main street), but look for the signs for The Lofts. It appears this park has seen better days but, again, there are not a lot to choose from in Santa Fe. The park is tricky to get into and getting back out is a right turn only onto the main drag. Not a big issue but something to be aware of. - Tessa & Toadee on the Road
Oct 2018 - $38.00
We stayed during Balloon Festival week. We had to camp on the parking lot with no amenities (thus the $38 charge) which was fine since we were told we could use the showers and restrooms. As it turned out, the restroom had not been cleaned in days and most probably weeks. There were balls of hair mixed with plain ole filth along the walls. Sinks were filthy. Hair balls in the showers for 3 days. And the really worst part....the "cleaning man" sat outside the bathrooms every day playing on his cell phone. When he had sat there long enough I guess, he drove off. He "put in his time" but never actually cleaned anything. Disgusting. The whole place was creepy and not well kept up. We will not stay here again. - quertyuiop
Jun 2015 - $5.00
Despite what Reserve America site says, rigs over 40' are going to be tight on roads and in sites. We scratched the coach a couple of times. The tree trimming on the turns could really use some attention.
That said, the campground is worth the effort. Deep in a forest with lots of hiking and areas to explore. The dogs loved it. The patio, table and fire ring setup was great.
Water to fill a tank is available near camp ground entrance, but the camp host has to turn it on. No dump station in the campground, but one is nearby.
Do not follow Google Maps, there are turns you just can't make. Only turn onto Artist Road from Bishops Lodge Road/NM590. - bobcovey
Oct 2013 - $20.00
Park is now closed to RVs. We tried to stay and were told by the on-site property that the Rodeo is no longer able to accept RVs. Apparently the Rodeo does not have the proper licensing/permitting to operate an RV park. The manager was nice enough to let us park for the night with no services since it was getting dark. - my12by60
Apr 2013 - $20.00
We moved to this location after reading about it. You get what you pay for. We got full hookups close to the center of town. It was no frills, but the price was right. The location was quiet and secure. There are enough channels to get some decent television with your antenna. The only complaint was the need for a long sewer hose. Luckily I had that. Other than that, this place was great for the price. - Ugly SAM
Jul 2011 - $20.00
In town location, great price. Not busy. Sandy sites, a bit unlevel with bonus horse droppings in your site. Gated entry, safe area and very quiet at night. Would stay again instead of paying twice as much or more at the other campgrounds. 30 amp only, back-in only. - sysadmin