1 Park near Pena Blanca, New Mexico
Oct 2015 - $10.00
There are many sites here with amazing, beautiful views not only of the lake, but also of the surrounding mesas and mountains. It was completely quiet during our Sunday-Friday stay near the end of the season. The restrooms were clean, but I wasn't a fan of the shower - the water was reasonably warm, but the shower head added so much air to the spray that it was more like having a cold, windy mist blown on you. The airflow from the head even caused the shower curtain to swing way out. At least there was an overhead heat lamp in the changing area. I actually stepped out of the shower to warm up under it a couple times. Otherwise this is a great place to camp.
Another reviewer commented on noise from pumps (just north of the Buffalo Grove bathrooms). I actually thought it was insects the first couple nights, so it's not an offensive sound at all. You'll only hear when it outdoors on a calm night.
There is a very strong Verizon 4G signal here.
Note the Buffalo Grove loop has 50-amp and water at each site. This loop has the best views if you want electric. The Juniper loop has electric but the water spigots are not site-specific and can be up to 100 ft from a site. Elk Run and Ringtail Cat have no electricity. Ringtail Cat sites are the closest to the lake. - Brad & Angela
Oct 2015 - $20.00
It depends on what you are looking for. If you desire quiet & beautiful landscapes on a small high desert lake, this is the place for you. Both ATT & Verizon worked well & you'll get satellite TV if you have it. We also got strong OTA network channels. Pick your loop from their website carefully. Buffalo Grove has all paved sites with covered tables, 50A & water, but it stayed full during the Balloon Fiesta. The other loops either have gravel sites with electric & shared water (Juniper) or no hookups (Elk Run & Ringtail). The shared water in Juniper might be in reach of your RV or it might not depending on your site. Generally, those on the inner loop can hook to water while those on the outside would have to cross the road with a very long hose. Some sites are not very level but it looked like folks were getting level with the aid of blocks. Site 57 was indeed a great (& level) site but many others were good too. Only Buffalo Grove has a modern bathroom & shower. Others have pit toilets. No ground fires allowed. It's a long haul (30 miles or more) to either Santa Fe or Albuquerque and the town of Cochiti doesn't offer much. There is a reasonable Philips 66 gas station on the interstate 12 miles away with all types of fuel. - Danno
Jun 2015 - $12.00
We just stopped for an overnight from Carlsbad to Mesa Verde, CO, and we were pleasantly surprised with the park. We drove around to look for an available site and settled on a nice pull-through, but didn't realize that 3 of the 4 loops are dry camping only, no electric, so we had to conserve power that evening. We really loved this area, it's quiet and peaceful with pretty views. The bathroom showers were clean and had a solid door that locks in each stall for privacy. I noticed overhead there was also a large heating lamp, so they must use that in cooler weather. We work online, so Verizon coverage is important to us, and we got strong LTE data signal here. Just up the road, there is a gas station with competitive gas prices (with diesel too), a mini-mart inside, and a laundromat next door. You are on a native reservation, so the people in the community seem to know each other and are very friendly to visitors. If we are through this area again, we will make it a point to stay for at least a week next time, in the loop with electric hook-up. - Sara C.