7 Parks near Socorro, New Mexico
Apr 2016 - $27.00
I would have given it five stars, but you don't get much for your money here. I consider this to be a low four star park at six or seven star rates.
- One (1) bathroom with shower.
- No amenities other than maybe a picnic table near your site. No laundry, pet run, etc.
- RVs are parked two right next to each other as that is how the water and electric is placed. Some spaces are set up so that the room to pull in or out might be reduced due to someone parked lengthwise in front of you.
- There are quite a few folks here that seem to be long-term renters, and some of them make a little noise later at night from time to time, and traffic levels in the park are higher and noisier than many other places I've stayed.
- Most sites are water and electric only. If you are paying to stay at any site, the dump is free, but not convenient especially for the rates charged.
- The office is not staffed every day. I was going to stay another day, but no one was in the office to accept my payment.
- A lot of visitors don't clean up their dog's excrement. Since I diligently clean up after my dog, I cannot stand when others are too lazy or ignorant to do so. One person here just lets his two chihuahuas out the door and doesn't supervise them.
Upside (there has to be at least one!)
- There were plenty of spaces to choose from when I arrived, and there is still plenty of space available now (check the date I am writing this review)
- Electricity is not metered. Hello A/C and electric heat! Saves my propane for the next leg of my journey.
- Close to the freeway, but very little freeway noise. It has a slightly busy road next to it, but the noise from it isn't bad IMO.
- Some sites have trees that are nice to sit under on the provided picnic tables. The picnic tables can be moved by two healthy people so that if you don't have one but a vacant site nearby does, just go grab it.
- Groceries, fuel, propane, 24/7 restaurant, WalMart, etc., right down the street. - 1bigmess
Mar 2016 - $28.00
No water hook up available. Only elec. Price is high for bare minimum. Okay if you need a place to sleep. Dusty. Not much else going for it. - PaleoTex
Jan 2016 - $30.00
Very small pull through back to back sites. Gravel and level. My electric didn't work but plugged into next site and it was OK. Overpriced for what you get but it was winter and cold so we needed hookups. Would stay again if in the area. - Jweb98
Mar 2016 - $18.00
This a very basic county park with 16 sites but it has full hookups (good 30 amp). Other than no WiFi or cable, it was similar to private parks except it charges about 1/2 as much. All are pull through sites, gravel and trees at most sites. No staff at site, but county manager was very accessible and accepted calls off-hours. He was also over every morning to clean bathrooms, etc. Nice playground for kids and fish in little lake. Trouble finding on our GPS, but website directions, include "turn at bed in road" worked perfectly! Train is close and does blow whistle, one night we heard about 4 times, the other only once. - BandD
Oct 2008 - $18.00
County park maintains eight power/water/sewer sites, not all in good repair. Our water spigot sprayed continuously from the packing nut (tried tightening it and failed). Half the spots have wonderful shade trees. Two one-holer restrooms, no showers or other facilities. Soap and paper towels both empty, neither toilet bowl has been cleaned since their ADA retrofit. Large kiddie playground. Concrete table at each site. I would have rated this park as quiet and relaxing if it weren't for the train horns that blow loud and long every 60-90 minutes along the tracks one lot over (happily, not between 11 PM and 7 AM). Hungry mosquitoes. TV reception poor, channels are few (no cable, of course). Park has a "campground host" on site, but he doesn't do maintenance. The three commercial "parks" in town are more like parking lots, adjacent to busy highways. And still this is our choice for the best of a bad selection in Socorro. - Bowman
Jun 2006 - $10.00
Just a stop over in back of station and convenience store. Was reasonable and quite adequate. Quiet - bcee1
Feb 2016 - $25.00
Park is straight gravel, no trees, no picnic tables, no fire pits, no amenities other than a bath house. Owner is friendly, but other than at check in out of sight.
Try to park facing north, then the afternoon shade is on your door side. - SeeinUSA
Oct 2015 - $30.00
This bare-bones park's claims to fame are the nearby Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and in-town restaurants featuring green chile cheeseburgers. Its also a couple hours' drive to the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in the New Mexico desert. The Refuge is a birdwatcher's winter paradise with a Festival of the Cranes annually the week before Thanksgiving. The RV Park has full hookups and little else; the sites aren't even numbered. The picnic tables are old cable spools. - Mtmoi
May 2015 - $25.00
This is a great little park to stay while you visit the Basque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It's basically a gravel lot with big spaces and 30 amp service. We had two 30 amp plugs on our pedestal and one kept dying on us so we switched to other and everything was fine. Bathrooms adequate. Shower's $2.00. Owner very friendly and aims to please. Located on the edge of the refuge. Would definitely stay here again if visiting the refuge. The picnic table was a cable spool. - smitty12
Oct 2014 - $19.00
Small, all gravel lot behind a motel in the center of Magdalena. We were the only ones there for the entire week. The first entrance says “RV Entrance” but if you enter here, there are poles spaced out with the electric hookups on them and you won’t be able to maneuver around without hitting them. Go in the second entrance, where you’ll be able to move around a lot easier. Spaces are marked on the poles, we backed into a space and had the whole place to ourselves. There is no cable, but our HD antenna picked up all the local channels. There is no wifi. We were told we could access the library’s wifi but none of our devices could pick up a signal from it. Our Verizon hotspot worked fine but there is absolutely NO AT&T service whatsoever. The Very Large Array is only 20 miles west and there is a radio blackout over the entire area to minimize ‘noise’ from cell phones and such. Socorro, 20 miles east, has full 4G service. There is nothing in Magdalena and gas/diesel is outrageously priced and there is not even a grocery store, only a Family Dollar. The RV Park does not have bathrooms, showers, or laundry. The owner is really nice, although the RV Park and motel are currently for sale. - LifeRidingShotgun
Sep 2013 - $25.00
Magdalena is the closest town to the Very Large Array Radio Telescope, a scientific wonder that every one ought to see. The town is about five blocks long, and the Magdalena City Marshall patrolled the town regularly. The Western Motel in Magdalena is old, has seen better days, but has recently been purchased by a young couple who has big plans to make it a thriving concern…and are working every day at improvements. The motel had a half-dozen small, plain rooms; the RV park is a walled-in half-acre of gravel out back, with maybe a full dozen hookups. We shared the RV portion with a semi-permanent mobile home, a big rig, a 26-foot tow-behind, and two old cars. The motel & RV park are, like the town itself, at first glance unprepossessing, and I’d not be writing this, except that I find some business owners go out of their way to “show willing” where their customers are concerned, and I’d a lot rather stay at one of those places than at some fancy joint that doesn’t know (or care) what space you are in. The co-owner showed us the park, and mentioned that there were no toilet or shower facilities for the RV area. When I explained that wouldn’t work for us, she gave us the key to one of the unrented motel rooms, and told us to feel free to use whatever we needed in there during our stay, at no charge. Since I got a look at the motel room, I can tell you it was fairly small, but with a king-size bed; the bathroom facilities had been upgraded, and worked well. The shower was small, built for smaller previous generations of Americans. The room and bathroom were very clean and neat, and nicely decorated with a home-maker’s touch. The hookups all worked well. The whole town went quiet after about 9 PM. We stayed one night in an Aliner popup, and paid the standard rate of $25; I noted a Passport sign on the wall, and probably could have got a lower price, but I thought that free motel room access deserved the full price. We found some good, attractively plated food at the Bear Mountain Café & Visitor Center. - 796ccjohnson
May 2012 - $24.00
This is a basic but nice RV park. Some sites are against the back fence - that is where we stayed. Lots of great places to walk the dogs in Magdalena. There is a large area a block west and south of the park - within easy walking distance. Nice level sites. Very quiet even though it was not far from the main road. You need to take take care going in and out because there is a curb at the two entrances but we took it slow and at an angle and we had plenty of clearance. No bathrooms or showers. Within walking distance of the restaurants and shops in Magdalena. We will be staying there again. - Ludmilla
Aug 2008 - $19.00
There are several small parks in Magdalena. We picked this one arbitrarily on our way to see the VLA (Very Large Array). It's on the west end of town and has a motel on site, but the sign said No Vacancy - methinks the maid quit, not that they were full. The swimming pool is a large concrete lined hole in the ground surrounded by a cyclone fence. The basketball court is about 10' square concrete surrounded by weeds. There are small concrete pads at each power pedestal, which are kind of side-by-side. Otherwise, they are back-in. The site wasn't quite level. But, it served the purpose for an overnight stay and wasn't expensive. And there were no trees to block the satellites. We probably wouldn't return here - maybe go on to the campground 14 miles west, which also uses a Magdalena address. - BethnBubba