2 Parks near Gallup, New Mexico
May 2016 - $20.00
First, how to pay for a site here. If you go to the office inside the museum Mon-Fri. 8-4 you can pay with cash, check, or credit card and get a key to the bathrooms/ showers. After hours or weekends: a employee will come around during the evening and you can pay them with cash or check, I don't think they have the bathroom keys.
Second, picking a site. They have 2 main areas for camping. (Area 1) One is in area that has trees scattered about that offer some shade. (Area 2) The other one is a large parking lot without a lick of shade. Area 2 looks like it gets used for big events like rodeos and is mainly overflow.
Area 1 is close to an immense wall of Red Sandstone and has some shade. The thing about Area 1 is the sites are not well defined so campers tend to park their rv's any way they want, which leads to a lot of confusion as to where exactly the sites are. The sites are not all that level but should be in the range of most leveling systems.
If you get a key to the bathrooms you will find them clean and have showers with good pressure and plenty of hot water. The area is pretty quiet but you can hear the trains running up and down the main line of the BNSF all day and night long. On the plus side, they are not blowing their horns. There are a couple of nice hikes up in the red rock canyons behind the campground that are way beyond well marked and while not impossible to get lost, you'd have to work at it. Verizion MiFi works great. We spent several days here and will stop by again if in the area. - pumper9x9
Dec 2015 - $20.00
We found this city park during our trip to AZ for the winter. We usually stay overnight at Walmarts, but this park looked decent and was easy access from I40. What a great find (and WAY better than a Walmart parking lot????). We were going to just spend one night, but the hiking looked too good to pass up, so we stayed an extra day. Beautiful hiking trail amongst the red rock hills, very peaceful and quiet. Some of the trail is close to an edge with a significant drop off, so use caution if hiking with dogs (or children). The park itself used to be a state park but now is run by the city of Gallup. A city employee comes by every evening to collect the fees. Not that we wanted to use the bathrooms in the park, but they were locked and we were not given a key. Sites are decently flat, but all sand, as is the rest of the park. Not a problem during our stay, but if windy or raining, it could cause problems. Picknik table with concrete pad underneath and a grill/fire pit at most sites. Decent, quiet park if you need a place to stay in the area. - Jerry and Betsy
Oct 2015 - $15.00
50 amp site, W/E. Flat site on sand. Good Verizon and Direct TV coverage. Very nice little town park. Will stay here again. - Deniselg53
Jul 2016 - $32.00
The rest rooms were the nicest & cleanest we have seen. The fee includes $2 for 50 amp, but does not include sewer or cable. A dump station was available. Planes fly over during the day but didn't at night. Park was apparently a KOA at one time but is meticulously cared for. Pool was warm. 9 hole golf was a nice touch and the BBQ was both reasonable and delicious. - Bud H
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Very clean. Pool was nice. Small store and friendly staff. It was set up to buddy camp so you faced your neighbor. Guess that could be good unless you had a bad neighbor. Sites were close and all rock no grass. I'm not sure they could grow grass in this area. Would stay again. - Pam_Ricky
Jul 2016 - $36.00
This is a wonderful park! Clean, friendly and very accommodating. They serve sandwiches for dinner and ice cream. By the time we got there the sandwiches where gone. By the time I cooked dinner it was too late for the ice cream.
They have entertainment....a nice pool, kids area as well as a dog walk. This campground is what RV Parks should all be like.
The wifi wasn't too great, but it did work. We paid extra to have cable TV.
We only stayed overnight on our way home and I'm glad I found this park. - Brandl