14 Parks near Pena Blanca, New Mexico
Oct 2016 - $10.00
A nice COE campground. Roads and sites are paved with some fairly level and others not so much. The park is popular and weekends it is hard to find a spot for larger rigs. Buffalo loop has water and 50 amp. Satellite reception is good and Verizon 4G is OK. We stayed 3 nights staging for the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and it is convenient for that. The park could do a better job of marking the roads. We had trouble finding Buffalo Loop and saw many others driving around looking for their site and others trying to find the road out! I mentioned this to the folks at the visitor center and they seemed to care less. We would stay here again. - Pjoe
Sep 2016 - $10.00
The reason for the rating is most sites are unlevel either front to back or side to side. Do not come unless you have plenty of leveling blocks. Nearest town is Santa Fe. There is a convenience store outside the campground with the usual convenience prices. Probably would not stay here again because of leveling issues. - Bamagolfer
Sep 2016 - $20.00
Had reservations for 6 nights. We stayed on Buffalo Grove Loop which has water and electric. Sites are fairly level, pull-through or back-in and are large. There are other loops that are dry camping or electric only. Campground is quiet with nice views of the lake. There is no wifi but Verizon was good. A dump station is available. The hosts were very friendly and helpful with maps and things to do in the area. Even the park rangers are friendly; we watched them help a camper put his tent camper up in the rain. We would stay here again. - mohocamper
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
Aug 2016 - $6.00
Three loops to choose from. We found a spot in the C loop big enough for our 29' trailer and truck. Drydocking only with a dump station on the way out and potable water available in select locations. Pretty area amongst the trees, canyons, and ridgelines. - Bandanna Man
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
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
Oct 2016 - $55.00
We stayed here for a few days on our way to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, hence the inflated price. Normally the price is about $40, but during the Fiesta everyone within 100 miles sells out, even at the inflated rate. This is a super nice park. They have a nice, large office with meeting area, patio, and store. The restroom and showers are huge and the nicest, cleanest we have ever seen, very impressive. Laundry area is also very nice. The road and sites are gravel and mostly level. The can handle all size rigs. The park is a short drive off of the interstate in a quite, peaceful area. This is a fantastic place to stay and see the area or just overnight. This park is another one of the few "10" parks and highly recommended. - AstroDave
Sep 2016 - $27.00
The access from I-25 is very easy. We were greeted by one of the owners at the office and checked in quickly. Our pull through was easy to get into, nearly level and all amenities were up to speed. We had a great view of the mountains to the west. The park is always one of the cleanest venues we visit and this visit was no different. The bath house is spacious, VERY clean, good water pressure and plenty of hot water. Grounds are free of trash and pet droppings. This a very important because no leashes are required for your dog! The trail around the property is is great shape. Beware however, the rabbits are everywhere and if your dog is a chaser a leash may be in order. Be sure and allow enough time to experience all the art displayed around the grounds and the restored machinery that helped make the campground possible. Finally, we love the fact that the wild flowers are allowed to grow and not mowed down. - DHK
Sep 2016 - $59.00
We stayed in a pull through that was level. Very easy in and out in with our 45' coach. Good Verizon service. Lots of big rigs here. - Karens BAM
Sep 2016 - $20.00
This is about the best RV park to stay in for both Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Yes, it's just a parking lot, but the sites are large and the facilities clean. There's a dog run so your pets can go off leash and play. It's easy to self pay. There is WiFi available and it works very well. The nights are quiet, so there isn't a problem sleeping. If you're going to Bandelier, the shuttle service is awesome and runs on time. Los Alamos is near by, too, so you can easily see the museums, etc. there. We stayed here twice in September and will do so again if we return to Los Alamos/Bandelier. - Bobbi1948
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
Oct 2016 - $38.00
Sites are gravel with a paved patio. We were at the back end of the park, furthest from the office. We valued the shade we had. We were right next to the dog walking area so met some dogs and their owners. Used the laundry - odd set up - you can access 2 washers & dryers in the ladies washroom and one in the men's. I had three loads so husband put one in the men's washroom. Had great wifi on day one and day five but none in between as it was broken. It was known prior to the weekend that it wasn't working but it wasn't fixed until the Tuesday. My "Service" assessment of only being satisfactory has only to do with this aspect. If the IT guy was "too busy" maybe you need another IT guy. We are pretty dependent on wifi to stay connected so this was a disappointment. Staff in the office are exemplary - very friendly and helpful. The maintenance fellow also very nice - he did what he could on the wifi. Loved the garbage pick up system - each site has its own garbage can. I would stay again but the park needs to understand how travellers these days depend on their internet! - Northern Sue
Oct 2016 - $51.00
Like other reviews, can be difficult to locate. Watch for sign that says LOFT, located behind a Penske Truck Rental, shared driveway. Staff very friendly. Facility is all gravel with some tight spots to get into. Old park but served well for over night. Each spot had a concrete patio with picnic table. Rate was based on Balloon Fiesta. Departure from the park is a right hand turn only. Would consider staying again if in area. - ECM1
Sep 2016 - $46.00
Old park. Don't bring a motorhome here! Entry/exit from sites is difficult and some sites are worse than others. The park map (the one you get AFTER you've paid) even says that some are "hard access". 50 amp service is high on a pole on the opposite site of the site from where it should be, so the cord must be snaked under the rig, if it's long enough.
Staff is friendly but unable to handle the rigors of scheduling. We were promised a site, and paid a deposit, only to find on arrival that "our" site had been given to someone else. We were placed in another narrow site, backing and filling to get in, and then were told that someone else was coming in the next day, so we would have to move again.
I understand that it's location, location, location, but for the price, this park doesn't measure up. Look elsewhere. - CalPop45
Oct 2016 - $42.00
Right off a very busy and very, very noisy main road. We were so close to the neighbors, ridiculous. Signs for what not to do all around. Park manager was very nasty when we had difficulty accessing their non-existing WiFi. Terrible. Note at the end of our stay thanking us, but disguised as don't forget this is your last day, DUH.
We would not stay here again, sites way, way too close picnic table 5 feet from neighbor's sewer, YUCK... - Georgiajan
Oct 2016 - $57.00
Everyone very helpful & friendly. Nice clean park. If you are on the backside of the park near the mobile homes section you will not get wifi or satellite service. - bonniesoo
Oct 2016 - $53.00
This is our go-to park when visiting Santa Fe as it is well-managed, always clean, and has very friendly and helpful staff. The roads are all paved and many sites have a level, concrete slab. Most sites are back-in, with a few gravel, pull-through sites for smaller rigs. Other reviewers have noted the noise level when parked close to Cerrillos Road; if this bothers you, request a site farther from the road. RV/car washing is allowed with a $15 fee. The book exchange is located in the park's community room. Cable tv is no longer available and charcoal grills are not allowed. The rate is higher due to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival held in early October. Be sure to get reservations if traveling in the area during this timeframe. - DiplomatTraveler
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