El Paso, Texas (915) 598-7522
Sites: 50 | Latest Rate: $30.00 |
We only stayed one night just passing through, but the campground was well maintained as far as we could tell. Would stay here again. Staff was courteous and the price was right! - Retired and Ready
OK for a quick overnight but I wouldn't want to spend long. $20 is the normal rate. Lots of long term older units. Showers are an extra $5 per. - Valhalla360
Nice spot up on a hill, but this is really a tent camping park. There are no dedicated RV sites except for a parking area which is extremely un-level. $8 fee does not include mandatory daily per person entry fees, unless you have a Texas State Parks Pass. - silvertube
Staying at this park is basically like boondocking. There is no electricity or sewer. There is no water at all in the park. We spent the previous night at the American RV Park behind camping world just a few miles away. We filled up our water tank here. The park is on Trans-Mountain highway only a mile or two off Interstate 10. This was the camping of my childhood. We were the only campers in the park for 3 days. The park is open from 8 am until 5 pm. Once you are checked in the ranger will come by and give you a code. We felt very very safe as there is no way to get around the gate. Our site was fairly level and nestled between 2 hills. We could watch the lights of EL Paso below us and the stars above. The desert mountains prevented any city or highway noise from disturbing our sleep. There is some great hiking in the park & the road good for biking but the trails would be tough on mountain bikers. Franklin Mountain State Park is the largest urban park in the country. There is no shade but picnic tables have shelters. Our 3 nights here was a nice ending to our 3 month stay in El Paso. Would highly recommend if you are just passing through but spend a few days exploring this huge state park. - travelnurse
$16 per night was for a level asphalt 50-amp electric and water site. We did have the TX Parks Pass we purchased for $70 (it allows access to all 90 TX state parks) last year-otherwise it's $16 per night plus a $7 per person daily entry fee. They allow a maximum of three nights' stay but they will extend it for up to another three nights on your last morning, space permitting. Sites are generous with a covered picnic table and surrounded by heavy desert vegetation. No wood or charcoal fires are allowed but propane grills are OK. Many types of birds were flitting about. All sites had a 360° view of the surrounding desert and mountains. All the facilities were in great condition. The main attraction is Hueco Tanks which are mountains that are great for free climbing-if you're into that. There are walking trails that are accessed along the perimeter of the campground and permits must be obtained for either walking or climbing. Some areas of the park can only be accessed with a guide. The park is gated and no one is allowed in or out after 6 p.m. (except for emergencies). A 15-minute orientation video must be viewed before being allowed to set up on a site. This campground is located about 12 miles east of the outskirts of El Paso where every amenity is available. The park does have public Wi-Fi access but it was slow at times. AT&T service was two bars of 3G but receiving calls was spotty. Verizon coverage was three bars of 4G LTE. We received all the major networks and several other OTA TV stations. There were also many radio stations. - DD Rolling Ranch
We didn't actually get to stay in the campsite. After driving all day from New Mexico. We arrived 20 minutes after 5:00 and were told that we missed the last 20 minute, mandatory, presentation that started at 5:00. We asked if we could check in and see the presentation in the morning. No, it was against the rules. The park ranger then suggested we drive 12 miles back to WALMART in EL PASO and stay in the parking lot for the night and come back in the morning. We asked if we could get some water to last the night as we were running pretty close to empty. No, it was against the rules. He then suggested that we go outside the gates to a private property that had a sign advertising dry camping $2.00 per night. Again, we mentioned we didn't have water. On our way out we looked at the place he had recommended, basically a dump with some old, beat up trailers on it. Very disappointed and consider the park rangers suggestions and unhelpful attitude very rude. - EJSnidal
The check-in person was very abrupt with us, although there were only a handful of folks in the campground. If you want to do the guided tour, be sure to get reservations online, since it's "privatized." We spent three nights in peace and quiet. Lots of birds around the park. We had a nice hike on the "open" area, but a permit must be picked up at the Ranger Station for that. Not a friendly campground, in my opinion, but the beauty of it far outweighs that. Sites are level with good water and power. I'd like to come back someday...better prepared. - Red Wolf Deux
Price reflects a RPI discount, which we have learned is pretty hard to get...RPI's issue, not this property. If we had been here during a peak season, where the campground would have been full, it would have been unbearably close to the neighbor, to the point forget about any awning deployment. Dirt/gravel spaces, and with the freeway nearby it was a good idea to leave the AC on fan just to mask the noise. For sure centrally located, and OK for a few nights. Staff was efficient, and friendly. - tres gatos
Wow. This RV park is right in the thick of traffic and construction in El Paso. Major highway and construction noise, and semi-trucks passing by on the frontage road right outside the park. Broken and dangerous playground equipment. 100 different rules posted for the park. Very tight spaces on nothing but gravel. We had maybe 1" of clearance left after opening our slides.
Lady in the office was nice, but originally tried to charge us $52 since we have two kids. What?! After protesting, she dropped the fee, but $45 is still too steep for this park.
We left to go get groceries and upon returning found that someone had clearly tried to get into our trailer while we were gone. There is "security" at the front, but it's laughable. Entire park is surrounded by a low rock wall, which anyone could easily hop over. Guard shed at the front unmanned when we came back in at 9:30pm.
I would not recommend this park. - GrowFam
Nice park. Felt secure here. Large heated pool and spa in an enclosure. Spots are close together with little privacy. Internet works about average. Cable tv is grainy on most stations. - terrytckl
Long pull through sites on gravel. They were very helpful in the office and strongly recommended that we NOT visit Mexico as it was not safe. They also have a repair facility located on the property, and we found their price to repair a problem more than fair. The cable was not very good, so we used our satellite. We would use this place again for a one night stay only as there is not much to see or do in the area. - rolling homeless
We pulled into the park and immediately realized it was not suitable. There were no other RVers in sight, only full time older trailers and the place looked quite run down. There were speed bumps about every 50 ft. which is terrible for driving a motorhome towing a car. Access to the place was awful through a large construction zone. We did not stay and cannot rate the staff or facilities properly. - camperme
Registration was very easy, very nice staff member at the front desk. The park itself is difficult to find and located in an industrial area off the freeway interchange. You hear train and freeway noise. We only stayed one night, but we would not stay here long-term due to the noise. - User2916
Big mistake! Should not be a Good Sam Park. A gravel parking lot with no space between vehicles. The washrooms were filthy. Two of the four shower stalls were out of order. One of these was serving as a giant ashtray containing dozens of cigarette butts. Staff were not helpful. - rtrekker
This is a Good Sam Park? Everything is dirty and broken. The WiFi doesn't work. You don't feel safe here. I expected much more from a Good Sam park. The other previous poor reviews about this park are correct. Give it a miss. - James at the ocean
I would not stay here again. It is not a place for retirees or vacationers, it is a place with many permanents. The pool was closed and I wouldn't have wanted to go in it anyway. Sorry, but this place is a dump and in a terrible area. Scary. - fancienancie