9 Parks near Espanola, New Mexico
We did however find 9 campgrounds within 25 miles of Espanola. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Espanola in the left hand column.
Mar 2016 - $7.00
This is a great national monument campground and park. Nicely spaced sites, although many were very unlevel. No problem with our 30 ft Class A Motorhome. Typical National Park campground with flush toilets but no hookups. Dump station and water is available. Great views of surrounding area. Verizon service was fair at best.
Lot spacing was spacious with some shade. Site surface is asphalt and features a fire ring and picnic table. - Blowin-the-Wind
Oct 2014 - $6.00
The rate reflects a 50% Federal Pass senior discount. Most of the sites in the campground are really made for tents; they have either a very short drive or are very sloped or both. There are three loops in the campground. The middle loop (Bear) has only one or perhaps two sites that would work for a smaller RV. The best bet for RVsites are the first (Abert's Squirrel) or the third (Coyote) loops. Even in those loops there are not very many sites. We did not have a problem finding a site suitable for our smaller motorhome on a weekday in the shoulder season, but it could be an issue in the busier times and the campground is not on a reservation system. The roads and spaces are paved. Most are fairly well separated with some vegetation for privacy. All sites have a picnic table and grill. There is convenient fresh water fill and a dump station. The generator hours are very generous - from 8 am to 8 pm. Either good or bad news depending on your point of view . It is not too far off of the main road, but it is wonderfully quiet and dark at night. To access the main part of the park between 9 am and 3 pm you have to use the shuttle service. One of the stops for the shuttle is right next to the campground, which is very convenient. The other way is to hike down a fairly steep 1.6 mile trail. One thing to note is that as you approach the park, there are many signs stating that to enter the park you must use the shuttle from the White Rock Visitor Center. If you are camping in the park you can ignore those signs and proceed directly to the campground. We did not have Verizon cell or data. Satellite was not a problem in our site in the first loop. It would be more of an issue in loop three. We would certainly camp here again to visit the park and the surrounding area. If you need hook-ups, the new Visitor Center in White Rock has RV spaces with electric hook-up. - TheJim
May 2013 - $6.00
We stayed in the Juniper Campground. This is a first come campground with no hookups for $12 a night and $6 if you have a pass. The campground is right after the entrance to the park. There are three loops with picnic tables and fireplaces. Not many of the sites are level and loop C has more sites for RVs up to 30 feet and more shade. It is a beautiful place to camp. We were planning on one night and decided to stay three nights. After May 24, the shuttles are running so you can pick one up from the campground and head down to the Valley Visitor Center. In the canyon there is the Valley Visitor Center, gift shop, snack bar, administrative offices, ranger stations and many of the hikes begin from here. The Main Trail has some of the best cliff dwellings that you can see and climb into using ladders and paths. Frey Trail (2 miles) which was the old way of getting supplies and visitors into the valley starts from the campground and ends at the Long House Cliff Dwellings and it is all downhill – take the shuttle back. The Alcove trail goes to a dwelling inside a cave that one can access by climbing three long ladders. The campground always has a nice breeze during the day and at night. We were there for a weekend and it was not full on any night. There is a new Visitor Center on route 4 in White Rocks that opened in the fall and it has 16 slots with hookups for RVs in the parking lot. It was free but now that they have a self check booth just like Juniper campground. It costs $10 but once campers find out about it the price might change. The shuttles come to this visitor center so if you have an oversize RV you might want to stay here. Juniper campground is about 8 miles away from visiting Los Alamos driving 4 west than 501 – one of the best ways to get into the city. You will have to go through security to get to the downtown because you are driving through the LA National Laboratory where the Manhattan Project was born. Driving in they searched our RV (our choice we didn’t want to take the longer way with more curves) and driving back we were escorted. Two great museums in town (all museums free), the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos History Museum. The history of the town is fascinating and Juniper Campground is a great place to camp while you are touring the area. - gsnakehill
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
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
May 2013 - $4.00
Camped in the electric hookup area and there are only 7 available. Vault toilets nearby that had not been maintained. Water spigot was locked due to recent main break but ranger came by to unlock during the day. Wonderful scenery, great hikes and bike trails. Nearby Santa Fe was a bonus for day trips. Busy road up to park created noise during the day. Dump station available but also locked, rangers friendly and unlocked for us. Visitor Center empty, no trail maps, etc. No phone service on Verizon but got signal up at Aspen Vista parking and down the mountain near Santa Fe. - The Grizz
Aug 2015 - $36.00
Gravel sites with tall weeds, goatheads, and red ants. Mostly full-timers. A few junk campers looked to be abandoned. Good location for visiting Santa Fe but they need to hire someone to landscape. Do not bring pets here because of conditions. - Bat Rider
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Park is conveniently located between Santa Fe, Bandolier and Los Alamos which are all great places to visit. The water and electricity all worked well. Spaces are wide and allow enough area to park your vehicle. There are no trees at all so your satellite TV will work. Check in staff was friendly and efficient.
The Cons: Other reviews have said it all. This is primarily a gravel lot, covered with weeds and goatheads with no ambiance at all. Weeds were up to the steps of the RV, as well as up to the bench of the picnic table. The internet, although included, was weak and inconsistent. Generally, although it would connect, nothing would load. Nothing. Thankfully, there is a McDonalds across the highway when we had business on the internet that needed to be taken care of. NO TV reception over your antenna. No cable available.
We would not stay here again. In fact, we would've left after the first night if we had not already paid for our full stay. Way overpriced for what services are provided. - themom3
Jul 2015 - $35.00
This is a large gravel parking lot that's great for overnight or a few days stay to rest and visit the casinos. Easy on/of the highway and fuel is right near the entrance to the park. There are 2 large casinos within a couple of miles and plenty of shops and restaurants. We will stay here again when in the area. - dok
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
Apr 2015 - $22.00
The only reason to stay here is to enjoy the hot springs. The sites are small, so make sure your rig will fit. You have to pay $18.00 to use the hot springs, and this includes use of the showers and towels. Bring your own lock and use one of the lockers, or extra $$ to rent from them. Water and electric at most sites, dump station on the way out. Had a great stay and will likely stay again when we need a soak. - Mep-Adp
May 2014 - $22.00
We stayed here to be close to Taos with maybe having the option to soak and do some fancy dining. We got our 35' fifth wheel in spot #11, not that much room to spare though. Most sites were very small, some had shrubs to separate sites, but some didn't. They have a list of sites and what will fit in them; check that out if you have a big rig and make a reservation in advance. There are porta johns in the RV lot; I did not use. I did use the rest rooms in the lobby once or twice though...I am pretty sure they were much nicer! You need a code to open a gate to get to the RV parking which seemed unnecessary; we are pretty much in the middle of nowhere. However outside the gate (twds the spa) is the lot for employees and for locals who hike the trails. Lots of great hiking right from the park. Upon checking in, I was disappointed to have to ask for a map of the grounds and a schedule for the yoga. Then had to go back the next morning to get a map of the hiking trails. I can't say that the map and trail markings were accurate, but we didn't get lost either. As far as I know, there was no map of the rv spots; we found ours all by ourselves. We ended up not taking advantage of their spa or yoga etc We did partake in the wine bar; prices were reasonable considering the location and atmosphere. The service was great. Other dining locations are a short walk to the main road: pizza, taos trail inn steakhouse, cafes. You have to go to the lobby or to the wine bar to use wi-fi. I felt a bit out of place sitting in a spa atmosphere doing my 'business' on my laptop. - MichelleKry
Apr 2014 - $22.00
We came here to use the hot springs. The campground, while certainly not top rate, was a plus. Everything is dirt and fairly level, with lots of trees and brush and good space between the individual sites. Only outhouses are available unless you walk the quarter mile or so to the spa facilities. There you will find a nice restaurant and bar and a lobby in which you can get WiFi. Shower facilities are available but only if you pay the additional expense to get in to the pool area. Maps for the many hiking/biking trails are at the front desk. This is a wonderful campground for walking your pets. If you want to use the dump you have to get someone from the spa to unlock it for you. - Two old birders
Sep 2015 - $20.00
There is a 14 day maximum stay. No attendant. First come first serve.
This is a large asphalt parking lot with 30/50 amp service. Standalone fresh water/ dump station. No site is level, but we did not have any problem leveling our motorhome. Bandelier National Monument requires you ride the shuttle and it stops at the RV park. There is a Smith's grocery within walking distance and Bradbury museum in Los Alamos is cool with regular activities going on. Our Verizon hotspot gave us 5 bars of 4G, and we were able to pick up all major TV networks from Albuquerque with our over-the-air antenna. - waywardwind
Aug 2015 - $20.00
There were few other campers at this lot behind the Visitor's Center. You pay at an automated kiosk, which was a little confusing. The price was right for electric only. You can fill up with clean water and there is a dump site. It has no charm but is good for a night. No tables or fire rings. - garlina
Sep 2014 - $20.00
This is a county owned park behind the visitor center that offers all pull-through spaces. It has 50 amp power and free Internet but no other hookups. There is a dump station and shared water hookup in the park. Restrooms are clean and free shuttle buses are offered from the park to the national monument. Fees are paid at a vending machine that accepts credit and debit cards only. There is a very small pet area. A major supermarket is across the street and a propane filling station at the Mobil a block away. This is a good stopover for those wanting to visit Bandelier but needing an electric site, as none are available at the monument. - Traveling man
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