Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Sites: 203 |
An overnight stop. Lots of RR noise. Sites are small. Staff was friendly, everything worked and park was clean. Would stay again but just for a night. - Brian & Corky
Stayed at this park twice now "the first and last" time. Pulled in after dark and had to get off the road as we were tired or would not have stayed. It was even more frightening when viewed in the light of day. As the other poster stated it is basically a gravel lot with a few sites delineated by using pieces of old poles laid flat and dug into the ground. Services were OK though. It appears that some of the other sites either have stored units or "long timers" as the grass and weeds were growing up on the sites.Also there were some older decrepit automobiles on the premises. We had no noise from the adjacent business (a Restaurant) but did have barking dogs and fairly constant train noise to deal with. Fortunately the very strong winds that night drowned out some of the other distractions. The office was "staffed" by an older free spirit who needed four presses of the night bell to respond and an old cat "alive or stuffed" we know not who occupied the office couch. When we asked about the free Wi-fi advertised the office Dude said "Oh that stuff never works" - Jonesz
Hours before we arrived we called this park for reservations and got a recording. Left a message but no one phoned back. We arrived about 1:00 PM. The office was closed with no note saying when they would be open and we were about to leave when a biker dude pulled up and told us to go ahead and pick out a spot and the office will open at 4:00. When I first saw him, I wondered where was his parole officer, but he was actually polite and well spoken so we did as instructed. This is basically a dirt and gravel parking lot behind a well worn motel where someone has installed 30/50 amp stations, sewer hookups, and cable TV. There is no shade and only a few struggling bushes dot the landscape. The sites were not roomy, but the park was not crowded so we did not feel badly taking up more than our space with our tow vehicle. Cable TV was provided, but there was no list of stations received. When I asked the desk clerk at the motel for a copy of channels received, he told me that they did not have any lists. "People keep stealing them." Alas, I fear I am also a thief, because I have kept many sheets of paper with TV listings on them without giving them back to the RV park. The place advertised WiFi, but there was no signal and no one to ask about it since the motel office was closed again when I discovered this. All in all, this park seems like an afterthought to the motel owners except the motel did not seem very prosperous either. My wife says the ugliest park seen so far. In Northern Arizona and New Mexico, this is a unique distinction. Furthermore, it is only a few yards from a very active railroad track, which offered train whistles every few minutes all night. To accompany this there was a loud band playing next door at Joseph's Restaurant, which thumped until 2:00 AM, followed by a cacophony of drunk people shouting at one another. In spite of all that the next morning, since it is a Route 66 landmark, we went to Joseph's for breakfast, which was under the same management as the RV park.. My wife ordered the continental breakfast. "Sorry, we are out of the ingredients for that. Wait, she didn't say she was "sorry," just out. Also out of pancakes. I ordered their "famous" biscuits and gravy, which were OK if a little bland. My wife ordered cinnamon toast, two pieces of toasted and dry wheat bread with a little butter, cinnamon, and sugar. We will not be returning to this idyllic spot. - bobbo789
We stayed here a month. Very good monthly rate; the staff was great; no complaints about this park at all. - fgalend
The nightly rate is based on a $75 weekly rate. We were here for a week and a half while waiting for repair parts. The owners are nice folks who took over the Ramblin' Rose a couple of years ago and have slowly been working it back into shape. The sites are mostly level but only some of them are 50 amp. The roads through the park are paved but the sites themselves are that hard packed course New Mexico dirt. The Ramblin' Rose is the best bang for your buck in Santa Rosa. The down side is the very busy railroad which runs by the Ramblin' Rose and then along the north side of Historic Route 66. All of the parks inside the city limits are affected by the train because they are located along the north side of Historic Route 66. - freckles1219
Stayed here because of the reviews from previous campers. They must have lower expectancy for quality than we do. As can be seen by my previous reviews, we do not stay in expensive resort campgrounds and find few unacceptable. Granted the $20 a night fee is great, but not worth feeling unsafe. Owners, what limited contact we had, were friendly. Only back in sites are 50 AMP. There were 3 available. Two of which would have been impossible to get leveled. Picked the last one, which was level, but between two trailers that were very close and looked like they had been there for years. Most spaces look as if they were long term residents with much debris around them. All hook-ups were at the front of the space and required two hoses to hook up the water. We didn't have enough sewer hose to hook it up. The cable did work, but there was coax run all over from space to space on top of the ground. There was a pitbull fenced into a small inclosure at a permanent manufactured home. Since he could get on top of his shelter and jump out, we did not feel safe walking our small dog past there. Tried to log on to the WI-FI with no luck. We went to the office and was informed "it wasn't turned on". One half hour later we picked up an extremely weak signal. We did not see an external antenna. One reviewer mentioned the train. SO RIGHT. Because we had to take a back in space the busy train track was about 40 feet from our bedroom. Felt as if the trains were coming right in. The laundry and bath house did look very new as did the interior roads. Did not attempt using the shower as previous review said you had to pay. It does look as if the owners are trying, but we will not stay there again. - vwbluestar
Great overnight park. Gravel sites, easy in and out, and perfect location relative to the highway. Remember, this is not Orlando, Fl., so if you're looking for a deluxe RV "resort," keep on driving. Can't say enough about the over the top service by the owner. Problem with my newest Good Sam's membership number showing expired even after entering several different phone numbers. Gave us the discount anyway. I was sitting at the site table getting ready to call Good Sam's when he pulled up in his golf cart to tell me that he'd just gotten off the phone with them and had everything straightened out!! Had our correct member info written on one of his business cards. Just doesn't get any better than that. - User3369
This park advertises itself as New Mexico's best resort, but the opposite is more true. The place is all dirt. The owner doesn't even spring for gravel for the roads in a state that is mostly made of gravel. The roads are narrow and the sites are in all different configurations. We were given a spot that was very hard to get out of. The other problem was electrical. Connections need to be replaced. One neighbor said his wife's hair dryer killed their service and when he asked for help, the owner said he was going to supper and would come back later. Our water pick made the lights flicker. The other problem was their rule about disconnecting water hoses during a night of freezing temperatures. They wanted all water off at 7 p.m. when the temperatures wouldn't drop below freezing till 3 a.m. One neighbor said the front desk refused to let him use water even though it was still 40 degrees. I used it anyway and kept my hose connected till almost 11 p.m. All in all, a tense experience and pricey at that for a dump like Santa Rosa! We won't be back. - User3753
We stopped in for an overnight stay and found the park to be excellent. Yes all 10's. The roads had plenty of room to maneuver my truck and 25 foot Airstream. The big Class A's had no problem either. The roads and sites were all raked and in excellent repair. The sites themselves are NOT close together as is frequently the case in your typical park and roomy enough for me to stay hitched up. I've stayed at a lot of RV parks as a full-timer and definitely took note of these details. The restrooms are clean and utilitarian. No, they are not "resort" quality with fancy tile etc., but that wasn't what I was looking for in a $33.00 per night stopover. We used the laundry and found it also quite good. Reasonable washer rate and 45 minute dryer times. Propane was under 3.00 per gallon when I stayed and sold by the gallon, not by weight. That is a rare find since most parks overcharge on propane by charging per tank or by weight. The on-site restaurant has a great BBQ selection and delivers to your site. Get there in the afternoon and you can smell your dinner in the smoker. We ate in the restaurant and it too was not fancy but clean and quaint. Check out the art on the walls by local artists.
The gentleman who checked us in (owner I believe) was very helpful and accommodating. No escort to the site but not needed as the park has a very easy to follow, well planned layout. He even came by our site later to see that we were settled in and pleased with our site.
All in all this is a great park. As I said, I've seen many as a full-timer and I put this one in the top percentage of parks I've been to. The pool was closed when we were there so I can't offer any opinion on it though it looked to be in the process of opening for the season.
We will stay here again on our next trip and have recommended it to my co-workers who will be traveling through in the next few weeks. - Pepthedog
A lot of room between sites, 30A, water, dump station. No hot water at showers. About 8 miles off I-40, worth the drive to a very nice setting. Hiking trails. - Richland MI
For $14 we got water, electricity, a large private site, clean but old bath house, nice host, hiking trails, playground, covered table, no traffic sounds and a lake view campsite all just a few miles off of I-40. If that doesn't rate a 10 I don't know what does! I think some people who have posted negative reviews mixed this NM State Park with the private Santa Rosa RV park. This is high dessert country in a poor state. Those "weeds" are what grows here. Cut them down and the topsoil blows away CO AZ and CA have fancier state parks but they charge a lot more. With the lake back up this park is once more popular with locals. Reservations are recommended if you want W&E. BTW the lake was down because of a severe drought in the SW. Drought is an act of God folks. The state park has no control over the rainfall. This is one of my favorite stopovers. We will be back. - NT2013
Good value for the price, bathrooms were very clean and had hot water. Not all sites had a water hookup. Late September I was surprised to see the number of campers, not crowded but the water hookup sites were pretty full. - Ocotillo