15 Parks near Santa Fe, New Mexico
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
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
Sep 2016 - $38.00
Very clean pool. Good Wifi. Quiet, no road noise. - Kiwijo
Oct 2016 - $35.00
This was actually a nice but very old CG in need of some TLC. The water and electricity were fine and stable. The sites were wooded and gave some sence of privacy although not particularly spacious. Do not have any expectation of level sites, but they are OK. There is a great walking trail that goes above the property for about a half mile. Our dogs loved it. All in all, we would stay here again when visiting Santa Fe. - SchnoodleCamp
Sep 2016 - $34.00
I have been staying at this park almost yearly for the past 20 years. Have always been able to pick and reserve my site and arrive to find it ready. They have changed their policy and now no longer reserve sites. When you make a reservation, you effectively get in line (first-come-first-serve) for a site with the amenities you needed. Their Wi-Fi was totally non-usable, though they claimed it was working fine. The site I originally reserved was full hookup and cable. The site they gave me had those amenities but was so un-level that the step for our trailer was 2 feet off the ground. We arrived late in the afternoon, so we were the ones who got the "junk" site. The site they moved us to had no sewer or cable. (they refunded the difference in site cost) Considering their new policy, we won't be staying at Rancheros de Santa Fe again. - Chris C
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This is a kinda cool, funky, old-school RV park. I have no idea why posters before me seem to be complaining about the closeness of the sites. I assume they are referring to the FHU area which is a pretty typical one-right-next-to-the-other RV park set up. But if they think THESE sites are close together they must not have travelled much. We've been on the road for a year and a half and the spacing here is pretty much the same as most places and we've seen them a LOT closer. In fact, it's even better in a lot of cases because there is at least vegetation between most of the sites that affords SOME privacy. The upper part of the park is the electric & water only part. The roads winding through there are tight and very rough. The sites are either gravel or dirt and although most of them are long pull thrus, the level area is very small and then the front of the site drops off precipitously. I think most bigger rigs would have a real tough time there. However, the sites are big and have quite a bit of shade as well as a picnic table (most kind of rickety) and fire pit. The restroom is old but was clean and functional. The laundry has five washers plus the broken one (there is ALWAYS a broken one! Lol!) and eight dryers. The washers are a bit of a rip off at $3 per load but they are at least a decent size. The dryers are $1.25. Not sure how long they ran, I think about 40 minutes, but the towels and jeans needed a second go-round. The lighting is good but the room is very cramped with a table in the middle that is too low to use comfortably standing up to fold and which has cabinetry under so you can't pull a chair up to it either. Besides, the room's too small to sit at the table anyway. Office folks were friendly and helpful but the store has very little in it. Bring your supplies with you. Oh, and the wi-fi actually worked pretty well most of the time. Verizon had two bars. Price was good and I'd stay again. - Pdxjoanne
Sep 2016 - $30.00
This place must have been improved since the last reviews because I had none of the complaints that others have made. The name of the game here is convenience and value. This is a bare-bones, parking lot style RV park with no restrooms, no showers, no amenities. The sites are level, gravel, and enormous. You can easily park a big rig, a couple cars, and maybe even a utility trailer and still have room for your lawn chairs within your site. Every site is FHU and the utilities are properly situated and work well. Other reviewers complained of weeds. There is typical desert scrub, but nothing that I would complain about. Perhaps the landscape maintenance has been improved since the last reviews which were over a year ago. My dog's not fussy. He's fine with gravel and scrub. Some others may not like it. There is a gas station with a well-stocked convenience store and a Subway right next door. There is also a free shuttle bus service to the two large casinos just a mile or so away. Yes, it's right along the highway, and yes, you will get some road noise, but that also makes it very convenient to get anywhere in the area. At just short of $30 per night with Good Sam, it's a heck of a deal in my opinion. The wi-fi was often slow and sporadic, but there was a strong Verizon signal. We are making it our base to visit Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and the surrounding area which is rich in places to go and things to see and do. Wouldn't hesitate to come back. - Pdxjoanne
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
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
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 - $48.00
Staff was very helpful and professional. Gravel sites (grass is rare in this part of the world!). There are many junipers that take away that parking lot feel that many of the campgrounds around here have. We stayed two nights as we visited the Santa Fe area and were very happy. Good Sprint coverage and we had excellent wifi. They give individual codes for your devices (we had 3) and bandwidth hogs get automatically limited so everyone gets service. - 4redwings
Aug 2016 - $57.00
This park is your typical desert terrain of rocks and dirt. A park employee threw a rock while mowing which shattered a large window in our 5th wheel. The park's response was sarcastic with no apology, no offer to help us get rig road worthy, no adjustment to our bill. Park sites are small. Big rigs had trouble negotiating turns. Some of park landscaping is in the way of putting out slides and awnings.Wifi was inoperable and we had no cell phone service. This park is not central to Santa Fe activities. It is about 30 minutes from most city attractions.I would not recommend park. - unifan
Jul 2016 - $57.00
This was a very nice campground to go to during my stay at Santa Fe. I would definitely go here again. This campground's amenities included laundry (a little bit pricey, but not overly), clean bathrooms and showers, and clean dumpsters. The service was very nice, and the owners were quite understandable as well. The WiFi worked comfortably, but just using cell service will not work at all. Overall, it was a wonderful campground to stay at. - Kristenmoseley
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
Aug 2016 - $47.00
Made reservations via the phone, was quick and easy.
Upon arrival, the Trailer Ranch RV Park had upgraded us to a different site, great I thought, until I found out it was $5 more than my reservation. After getting that sorted, we were guided to our site. Assistance in backing into the site was excellent.
Walking around the Trailer Ranch RV Park, the front is for RV's and the back section for mobile homes. This is one of the cleanest mobile home parks I've ever seen!
Our site was level with trees at the back. We stayed only 1 night but given the opportunity I'd stay here again and spend some time exploring Santa Fe. - W0GER
Oct 2015 - $14.00
This is a gem of a state park. It is well off the beaten path, down in a valley surrounded by limestone cliffs and adjoins the Pecos river.
The sites are generously sized and easy to access. The dump station was neat and well organized.
The road fro I25 down to the park is a bit of a challenge but our 31' TT did just fine. - n2916s
Apr 2015 - $14.00
Almost a hidden gem, this campsite. Friendly & helpful ranger. Quiet and spacious campsite with marvellous views along the Pecos River. We did enjoy a few small hikes (not too difficult) and certainly the dolce far niente atmosphere here.
Travelling through we camped here for two nights. - Eisenga
Jun 2011 - $14.00
We really enjoyed this park. The park is a little bit of a trek to get to, and you drive through the little town/village of Villanueva which looks like a little town plucked out of Central America with run down houses and shanties. Once in the park: it's a beautiful little park, with the Pecos River running through it. The kids loved playing in the river, we also hiked to the top of the canyon which had great views. Kids road bikes through the park and meet several other kids who were staying in park. The other campers were nice and helpful. They clean the restrooms twice a day, and the showers had good hot water. Forget trying to get OTA TV service or cell service, as the park is located in the bottom of a canyon. We would stay here again. Yes, it does not have a ton of amenities, but its a State park and for $14 there is not much one can complain about. - TXDego
Sep 2016 - $19.00
We cannot recommend this park as a place to stay over one night. It is better suited to people wanting to hike trails. There were only 8 RV sites with hookups. Three were vacant. Two of these did not have acceptable working electric outlets. The one we found was not level and positioned one's sleepy head 20 feet from a busy noisy road. It is difficult to find with poor directions. No staff available after 4:30 pm. - W Davidson
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