14 Parks near Pena Blanca, New Mexico
Apr 2016 - $20.00
We have been traveling fulltime with our kids for about 15 months now, and this is definitely the most beautiful campsite we have ever had. The views from our site were spectacular! It's about a 30 minute drive to Santa Fe and 60 minutes to Albuquerque which was a little inconvenient, but it was worth it to stay in such a beautiful place. Tent Rocks National Monument is very close by and was an awesome hike. Verizon coverage here is great! AT&T was just okay. Check-in was a little weird. They didn't give me any maps or information, so I just had to look at the map in the office to find the way to our site. There is no laundry here which was also inconvenient, but there's a laundromat down the street not too far away. We would definitely be back just to experience the beauty of this area. - Love2Camp777
Mar 2016 - $20.00
Huge water/electric level sites that are beautifully maintained, although they are facing away from the lake. We fixed this by pulling in backwards and using long hose and power cords to reach the services. There is a boat launch right on the property. Right next door to the Cochiti reservation and Tent Rocks National Monument, this campground is quiet and remote. Verizon was very strong, but ATT was intermittent. - Lee and Trace
Mar 2016 - $20.00
Not impressed with this COE campground, especially compared to several other NM state parks we have enjoyed. Buffalo Grove loop is mostly big rig friendly size wise, but not so much when it comes to being level...expected much better from a COE campground! Unless you're into water sports, there is not a lot to do here...even if you are, the lake is fairly small, but I guess it depends on what you're use to. So, why stay here? About 1/2 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe with easy drives and we wanted to explore those areas. Dome Wilderness area (dog friendly) nearby for some decent hiking as well as Bandelier National Monument (NOT dog friendly). - Jerry and Betsy
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 2016 - $20.00
Gravel lot with power only, somewhat level. Good for an overnight stay. Casino was decent and food in restaurant (not the buffet) was good. Large travel center for fueling is attached. Very windy here FYI. Price does include a code for the dump/water station. Spacious gravel pull through site. - mlg2919
Jun 2016 - $20.00
Meet friends there that were traveling through NM. Took the RV for a place to stay. This was an overnight visit. It was a somewhat level gravel pad. LOTS of room. 30/50 amp elec. service only. Two working Dump locations with water were avail. The Casino, w/ Buffet, (med/small in size) was convenient, quiet, clean and entertaining. The entire Casino Staff was AWESOME!!! Will definitely visit again. - Ron n Sharma
Apr 2015 - $20.00
This is a basic stop over while traveling. Our site was flat and level. 50 amp. Dump station with water available. The campground is an easy walk to the casino. Good WiFi. Good Verizon cellular. - Deniselg53
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Easy access to I25 and Santa Fe. Roads are gravel and dust is kicked up by speeders and Class A's with downward facing exhaust. Wind is pretty constant on the ridge. My site had a juniper tree next to it so I had shade on one side and it added privacy from my neighbors. Very quiet and dark at night. Laundry room was clean and moderately priced. - jnateg
Jul 2016 - $40.00
This park is all gravel, sand and arid tolerant plants (no cacti). Purple sage is in bloom now and it's beautiful. The park has funky iron sculptures throughout, which gives it a personality. The most elegant dumpster "house" you'll probably ever find anywhere is here. Sites are near, but each has a concrete patio and plenty of space to not feel crowded. It can feel dusty at times. There is a walking path around the park for pets, as well as a large fenced area. The staff are helpful and nice. Utilities are easy to hook up to and reliable. WiFi is weakened by demand during the evening, but it's not terrible. The evenings are pretty with Santa Fe as a backdrop. Speaking of, there is easy access to downtown Santa Fe, within 15 minutes. The main street is being rebuilt, so traffic is a little crazy now, but it will eventually end! We have stayed here several times, always enjoy it and will return. - Hoxiesgirl
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Staff is very helpful and park is well maintained. Lots of old engines and equipment on display. Nice, big dog park and walking trail.
The one negative for the park is the WiFi works fine when it is working. For no apparent reason it drops you off and get aggravating. I gave up and went on my Verizon hot spot. - TXiceman1
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 2016 - $65.00
Location is about as close as you can get to action in Santa Fe, which is all down by the Plaza and several miles from campground. Signage is marginal on way in - passed it first time and had to negotiate a U turn on busy road which was not easy - (Hint: when you pass it coming from South, continue to Walmart parking lot to turn around.) Also, when exiting, you have to make a right turn which is opposite of where you want to go if you are trying to get back to I-25 - again, drive to Walmart parking lot and turn around. Sites are level. - dfwcantor
Jun 2016 - $35.00
The park is great - quiet, shady but still able to use our satellite connection. There are 2 problems which keep it from a 10. The driveway is not well marked so you really have to hunt for the entrance. The washers and dryers are in the bath room so there are no hanging racks, chairs or folding tables. - WNC Traveler
May 2016 - $25.00
Stay for 1 month. Only 5 minutes from Santa Fe downtown. Nice and well located campgrounds. Staff friendly and respectful. Medium size lot. Nice park for kids and a dog run as well. Clean pool. Just beyond the campground, you will find a long bike trail. You can bike up to town. - Merci_la_vie
Jul 2016 - $42.00
The park was well kept and comfortable. It was easy to get to and centrally located to the amenities of Santa Fe. There were very few trees in our area, however we enjoyed the refreshing pool. We'll stay here again when in Santa Fe. - Daiseydog
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Great location. Bus stop right outside entrance. Level sites. Great dog park, but a bit of a walk. - dwade
Jul 2016 - $45.00
As said before this is in town and a little road noise, more if up front. Small place but very clean and run very well, just a little tight getting around with our class 8 tractor & 5th wheel but staff from the campground is very good on helping you back into your site. Small pool but does the job getting wet and a nice little community room for getting together if you want card games and a nice ping pong table also. - DBLR
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
Jul 2016 - $5.00
No hookups or dump station. Pit toilets only. There are 4 loops and the weekends are busy, especially in the summer. It's a popular location for hiking and fishing. The falls are a moderate hike over a mile from the campground. McCauley Warm Springs are over 2 miles away via hiking trails only. Several fishing accesses within driving distance, but not at the campground. Lots of space between sites and plenty of shade. Camp hosts really keep this campground CLEAN. There are faucets that provide drinking water, but they are not threaded. - Terry P
Jun 2016 - $10.00
This is a big-rig-friendly campground. Plenty of spots for our 32' triple-slideout travel trailer. The area is fairly heavily forested so solar power requires a lot of moving the panels throughout the day.
My only complaints are lack of threaded water spigots and no dump station. You'll need to fill up your tank before arrival. But there is water available for filling jugs, etc. Trash dumpsters are severely spilling over for some reason but otherwise it's clean and well maintained.
The sites are well laid out and for the most part are nicely spread out from one another. Sunday through Wednesday there's been no sound other than birds, thunder, and the breeze.
Some sites have a weak but usable Verizon 3G signal, others have a good 4G signal. Fellow campers with AT&T have no signal. Two years ago we had no T-Mobile signal (can't speak for present day but it's likely the same).
There is one special spot that has sewer, electric, and water. It appears to be a secondary host spot, but is currently not used by a host and is available if you're the lucky contestant. - Brad & Angela
Sep 2012 - $8.00
This a wonderful place for camping while you enjoy the activities in the Jemez Mountains, such as fishing, hiking, and enjoying the hot springs. It's an easy hike to the waterfalls from here. The campground is large, with several loops of campsites. There is plenty of room to maneuver your rig. They are planning to upgrade some of the sites in 2013. Reserved sites are available.
Adminstrtor Note: This USFS area is temporarily closed. Check with the Ranger Office for updates. - Mojo goes
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