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White Rock, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground

White Rock, New Mexico


White Rock, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 672-3861

Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $6 5/2017

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Latitude: 35.795059578442
Longitude: -106.27883499901
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

14 Reviews

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

Juniper Campground is located just inside the main entrance to Bandelier National Monument. The road from White Rock looks scary on the map, but it was actually very easy in our 39' motor home with a toad. It's better than going through an inspection in Los Alamos. All interior roads and sites are paved and easy for big rigs. The first Loop has a few sites for larger rigs. Look for sites 6, 9, 10, or 17. 9 is a pull thru but unlevel. B Loop has almost no sites for a big rig, but several for smaller RVs. C Loop has about 8 larger sites. 55 is the only level pull thru. The rest are all back-in. The campground is very clean and you self register at the kiosk. The hosts are friendly and helpful. Firewood is available by the host site. There is lots of hiking in the park, and a visit to the ruins is a must. We also really enjoyed Tsankawi, which is a small section just before White Rock. Very different from the main area and worth the effort. Lots of people Hike down the Frey Trail to the ruins and the visitor center, then take the shuttle back. Starting mid-May, you have to take the shuttle down. We had weak cellular wireless, both ATT and Verizon, about 2 bars at most, and that was only with our Weboost booster. Without a booster, we had no signal on ATT or Verizon. However, both Los Alamos and White Rick have towers and free Wifi locations. The Smiths grocery store in Los Alamos is fabulous. Huge store, like a super Walmart but with a much better grocery section. Definitely worth a stop. We did drive further up Rt 4 in our toad, and it gets a bit hairy as you climb into the Jemez mountains. Big rigs would need the entire road in sections and even then could get into trouble on the switchbacks. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Obviously, check out Bandelier National Monument. But, that night, a Thursday I believe, there was a star party (free) with a talk that started at the park's amphitheater.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking, photography, study in a most beautiful National Monument. Don't forget to visit the caldera area on west on highway 4 -- but not with a big rig or long trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 65

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 357
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 68

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, quiet lightly used campground. Some big rig sites. No hookups but water hydrants available. No Verizon service. Golden Age Rate. Some sites have shade. As dry camping campgrounds go, this is one of the best. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

Fairly short sites so big rigs may not fit in many of the sites, but no problem for most RV’s. No electricity or water. Lots of TV channels available on antenna (over 30). We found a level site, but many may require more than the normal amount of pads. Great park for hiking. We hiked the main loop before it started snowing. Gorgeous after a snow! We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

Bandelier is a beautiful park and Juniper campground was a good dry camping spot. Water is conveniently located and the bathrooms were well taken care of. The campground is going to be closed for the rest of the summer, and I can only guess that there may be showers when it reopens. You can hike from Juniper campground to the preserved ruins in the canyon. I was in a 27' class C, looked very tight for anything much larger. This is a National Monument and with my Senior Pass I paid no admission for the park and half price camping. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

When we visited, only one of three loops was open. The campground is outdated and cramped (built in the 30's) and the majority of the sites are angled the wrong direction and the roadway is tightly hugged by overhanging junipers, making backing a trailer into many of the sites impossible. One of two of the sites can accommodate a ~40 rig if you are skilled and patient. The host mentioned he spent an hour helping a semi rig with a ~40 5th wheel back into one particular spot. About a third of the sites can handle a travel trailer with a box length up to maybe 30'. This is all in reference to the "B" loop. That being said, the entire camping area is being closed June 1, 2010 through Fall 2010 to be completely reconstructed. The host said the new campground will feature larger, properly angled sites and quite a few pull through sites as well. Otherwise it's a very pleasant location. Camping is technically $24 ($12 park entrance + $12 camping). There campground does have a dump station and potable water. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

The only thing that keeps this park from being a ten is the lack of hookups. Apparently Tyeh National Park service is on a no carbon footprint kick this year much like the crazy eco proposal of a few years back when they wanted to forbid any motorized vehicles at any national park. There is a central dump station and water is available there. Fabulous night sky and hiking trails. Be forewarned that if you take the road to Los Alamos in a motorhome or trailer you will be searched and have to open all the contents of your rig to show that you are not hiding Chinese spies. Bandelier is great and the ranger programs at evening are superb. We have camped here before and will again. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 136
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to stay, of course you need to pay the entrance of the park. Worth staying there, but they need to clean the roads from rocks, and at our time of arrival everything looked poor. In spite of that, worth while. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful forested Park Service campground ,not originally designed for large rigs. Narrow road meanders through campground, with lots of low overhanging branches. Short and medium sites that are not all level. Need to drive through first to find an adequate space and use a spotter to park. 40' motorhomes only fit on a few spaces and may not be able to use all the slides. Best access to Bandelier National Monument with great cliff dwellings and hiking trails. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This CG in Bandelier National Monument is close to all the archaeological sites at the monument as well as historic sites at Los Alamos. The CG is basic National Park design. Sites vary from many short and medium back-ins to a few adequate for a 40' rig. All sites are well separated and private but not very level. Generator hours limited. A dump station is nearby. You are in a cedar & juniper woodland here so those with allergies take note! Nighttime skies are magnificent and wildlife (coyotes, deer, etc) abound. We camped at Bandelier National Monument, Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

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