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08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
It was a Sunday night so the park was practically empty. We got a beautiful site overlooking the Missouri River. The staff was friendly and seemed pretty relaxed. We enjoyed using the hotel indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. You could also enjoy a meal or a drink at the resort and use the business center. Even if the park was full, there is plenty of room between the sites. We liked sitting outside and watching the river as the sun set and rose. There is a great Lakota Museum (donation admission) on the St. Joseph Indian School campus that was worth going to. Chamberlain had a decent grocery store, too. We would recommend this RV park to others and would return ourselves. It is conveniently located for a one-night stop or as a destination if you wanted to take advantage of water activities on the WIDE Missouri.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
The RV park is probably one of the best in the Twin Cities area for location and appearance/attractiveness. It was in a rural setting but within a couple of miles were many stores, a mall, and anything else you would need. It was also not too far from downtown St. Paul. They run a very tight ship with registration, entering and exiting the park, taking you to your site, where and where you could not walk your dog, etc. The staff routinely go through the park (every 30 minutes at least) on a golf cart checking on things. I kind of felt like I was always being watched and would be reprimanded if I did one little thing. We behaved ourselves! The park was full but there was a decent amount of space between the sites. The hook-ups worked fine. The WiFi was available at the office so you could not get a connection at your site. Behind our site, there was another whole section of the park with very nice sites. I don't know about the hook-up situation in these sites. It was in a huge park-like setting. I would definitely stay here again when visiting the Twin Cities and would highly recommend it to others.
08/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
The manager was very friendly to deal with. We had a choice of two sites. The first site was in the regular RV area and it just seemed really tight. Some of the roads are also tight to maneuver around even for my husband who is a master with driving and parking our large 5th wheel. The second site was a regular mobile home site and that worked much better. The park overlooks the Nemadji River and is peaceful. The park itself is older and there are some pretty worn looking mobile homes so I would say that generally, the park is not really "pretty". It is also located near the oil refinery so if the wind was a certain direction, you could get whiffs of the refinery. The location worked great for our purposes. I would possibly stay here again if visiting the area.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
The campground has side-by-side hookups, but they were not completely full so rigs were placed in separate spots so they did not have to share the hookups. The sites were very long and level. Staff was very friendly and escorted you to your site. It was very quiet and peaceful. Good dog walk area. The little church was a nice added touch, although we did not partake of the services. We really enjoyed the Clear Lake area. I would recommend this RV park either as a destination if you are visiting Clear Lake, or it is very convenient if you are on your way to another destination.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We were very pleased with this park. It is immaculate and the owners were very friendly and made sure that we had everything that we needed. You are escorted to your site. They were also a good sources of information for visiting the area. The town seems really neat with plenty of things to see: museums, nature areas, etc. We were only here for one night so would come back to visit again. The sites were level and spacious. The WiFi worked fine for us and we were in the very last row of pull-throughs. We would definitely recommend this park as a destination place to visit this historic and pretty area on the Missouri River.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a very nice state park. There was a $6 day use fee in additional to the camping fee which is at all Colorado State Parks. There were many pull-through sites and back-ins that would fit our 35-foot fifth wheel and truck without unhooking in the Elks Campground. The other side of the loop had more trees than the sites where we were camped. We were in site 13. The sites had good distances between them but were not private because of the open feel to the campground. The lake is right here and an easy walk from the campground. It was a very convenient stopover. It was only about 2/3rd filled since it was a weekday. For us, it would not be a destination park but if you lived in the area, you would enjoy camping here. I highly recommend this park either as a stopover or as a weekend getaway.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground was in a beautiful fall setting with the creek running through it. The deer wandered through the park to the creek. There were only about 5 sites occupied due to the off-season. The hookups were fine and so was the Wi-Fi. The big rig, 50 amp sites were really great but were shut down this time of year. We were in a 30amp site which was fine but if it were in the summer, it may be a little crowded. The water source was from a spring so it was terrific. It was quite a deal for $20. We were sorry that we could only stay one night. We will definitely stay again and recommend it to others.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
The owners were very friendly and helpful. They even gave my husband a piece of sewer hose free to that he could repair ours. The store was stocked with RV supplies and basic needs. It was a very clean, well kept campground. The sites were spacious and it was very pretty with mature pine trees. You were escorted to your sites and the hook-ups were fine as well as the cable and the Wi-Fi. No complaints. There were not many sites occupied because it was mid-October. We think it is the best RV park in the area and we will be back and recommend it to others.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had one of the back-in sites. This park would be tight backing in with a large 5th-wheel or travel trailer if the park was full and you could not pull into the spot in the front in order to back into your space. You would also have to detach your tow vehicle and park it along the side. I was in a 31-foot motorhome and we did not have too much trouble, because the space in front of us was vacant at the time: sure made it a lot easier. The Wi-Fi worked just fine and the hookups were good. The park was very clean. I did not look at the restroom/showers. The location was convenient. I did not use the pool or hot tub. The store/gift shop was nice as well as those working in the store/check-in desk. As noted, the fire-ring for our spot was very near our neighbor. We debated whether to use it but since they had their windows shut and were gone, we went ahead. I felt that I was really infringing on their space while sitting next to our fire. They should be relocated. Other than that, it was a pleasant experience and would return again.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a one-night stop for us. The hosts were friendly. The campground was not completely full. We had a nice 50amp campsite where the hookups were just fine and the rates were very reasonable (AAA). It was in a peaceful area. I could see hanging out here for awhile and using this as a base camp to explore the area. It was not fancy but it was our type of campground since we don't use the pool and others amenities such as this. We were invited to take part in a potluck but there was no pressure. It was just a really nice friendly little campground with nice folks. We would recommend it to others.
08/2009
rating [ 4/10 ]
This is my husband's review. Camp ground staff was friendly and helpful upon check-in for the prepaid "resort" area site, however were sorely unresponsive when it came to dealing with a health and safety issue. Shortly after setting up, the cabin of our RV became filled with a highly toxic chemical smell from the chemical treatment being sprayed on the new concrete slab next to us. The backhoe and bobcat work going on was annoying but nothing compared to the unbearable chemical odors that perfused our RV and whole area. The office staff was notified of the situation with the only response being that they were not responsible, that we could move to a non- developed site if we wanted too, and the comment that we are only here for four days. I then asked the non-English speaking construction crew and the site owner next door to please stop spraying the chemicals, that we felt we were being poisoned. The site owner was unconcerned, even belligerent and told us to just move. The upper RV Park is fairly crowded with gravel sites with some grassy areas nearby. The "resort" area has a pond and has more landscaping in the privately owned sites. I base the low rating of this park on the almost total unconcern and unwillingness to do anything about the safety and health issue that arose from the chemical exposure that endangered us. According to another camper here, they also experienced an very similar and equally intolerable situation from the fumes and in which they discovered some of the chemical sealant on their RV. Needless to say we will not come back here.
04/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
I am rating this as an overnight park and not a destination park but it could be used for the latter to visit surrounding areas. We stay here to break up our trips to southern NM. It is convenient, easy, hookups work, staff is friendly, nice wide and long pull-through sites, etc. Every time I come, I notice more and more improvements. We always enjoy seeing the animals. The only negative thing is the noise from the interstate. Too bad the park is not further back, I would give it a higher rating. I find that I have to sleep with the windows closed in order to muffle the noise. It is not too bad then but you better be a heavy sleeper if you want to sleep with your windows open. Always a good choice when traveling.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stay at this park any time that we are in Las Cruces and always enjoy it. It is one of the best kept parks in New Mexico. I will have to say that this time we were rather shocked on how expensive it was and this was with a Good Sam discount. $50! This was not a premium site either. It seemed way more expensive than the last time we were here , less than a year ago. I believe we paid approximately $35 for our last visit. This was very close to what some of the other area parks charged so we always chose Hacienda because it is a great park. We really don't take advantage of the social activities, hot tub, etc. because we are here on business or tourism. I will have to say that we are going to check other RV parks (Sunny Acres) next time we are here because we think $50 is a little high for a place to basically park your RV and sleep. Especially in light that they don't even have tables and chairs at the regular sites to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather and landscaping. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the park; we are going to check out others because they are $15 less a night and are more of a no-frills park.
03/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rating is based on similar type campgrounds. The spots are very spacious and there are pull-throughs. The roads and RV pads are paved. Plenty of room for a big rig. The pads are not quite level because of the inclines in the access road but it was not a problem. Each site had a covered sheltered table, trash can, and a grill. The hook-ups are on the "wrong" side but that was no problem as we had extra long connectors. The electric service was stable this time of year and the water pressure was OK. Verizon cell service worked great. The views are stupendous and there is a great paved signed nature trail. It 4 miles west of Carrizozo which does not have a grocery store but does have a few cafes and convenience gas stations. It is in a great location to see many of the area sites. The heated bathrooms are roomy and were acceptably clean but not squeaky clean. There was three shower stalls with locks and the water temp was fine. It was very peaceful and relaxing. The campground hosts were friendly and helpful. I would definitely return and recommend it to others.
12/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
One of the best state parks. Our rate reflects the camping only fee. We bought a TX park pass for $60 which we almost broke even on. Otherwise, there is an additional daily fee of $4 for each adult. We spent 8 nights in site 27, a full hook-up, pull-through site with cable. The section of the campground we were in went uphill so it took some leveling. The other section is more level. We would be happy with any site in these two sections. I would imagine that the vegetation and trees would be most welcome in the heat of the summer. Most sites in these two sections were occupied. There were several unoccupied sites in the electric/water only sites. We had mule deer and javelina visit on a daily basis. There are great hiking trails with views. Friendly campground hosts. This is such a pretty area and convenient to so many things to do and see. We had a hard time leaving. We definitely will return. This is a great park to bring your bikes. We were here during the dormant time of year (end of December) for foliage but I bet this is especially beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall. By the way, we had fajita lunch at Indian Lodge. The food was just ok - not fresh tasting as I know the Spanish rice and refried beans were canned. It would not take that much to make food using fresh ingredients. The service was abysmal and we won't go back. Too bad as we would have enjoyed more meals if the food and service were decent. We really enjoyed the Chihuahua Desert Research Institute and the historic Fort Davis.
12/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our rate reflects a New Mexico annual camping pass. This is a really nice campground and one of the better ones in the New Mexico State Parl system. We had a pull-through site, #44, which had 50 amp service. We camped here on the way to and back from our destination. There weren't too many campers. I really have nothing to add to the other reviews. There is not a bad site. Note, the sewer on the four full-hook-up sites is to the rear of the campsite. This may be an issue, like it would be for us, depending on the design and location of your sewer hose. This is a great location to visit the Caverns even though it is about a 30-minute drive. You can't beat the price and the setting. We definitely will return.
06/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We had business in Albuquerque and decided to try out this campground. We were very pleased with the setting and the sites. We had a 50amp pull-through. The water spigots are in odd places so be sure to bring a long hose. The shade trees were most welcome and a rarity in most NM campgrounds. We enjoyed the sheltered picnic tables. My husband checked out the bathrooms/showers and said it was pretty clean. The dump station was clean and easy to use. The only thing that we thought was odd that you are allowed to dump your gray water in order to water the trees as I asked the campground host. There was a permanent pool of gray water around a tree from the RV next to us and there was an odor coming from it as gray water does contain organic matter from preparing food and washing dishes. We did not do this practice. The highway is VERY difficult to cross due to heavy traffic so I suggest turning with the traffic (west) and turning around in the nearby casino parking lot. Then, you have a traffic light which makes it a lot easier to travel east toward I-25. It was a very peaceful, clean, scenic and overall quiet campground even though it was close to a busy highway. We will definitely stay here again.
04/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is the nicest state park we have stayed in. Great urban location yet you feel like you are in a rural area. I would feel comfortable in any of the sites that are immaculate, level, and wide. I prefer the perimeter sites over the sites in the inside of the loops. We stayed in Abilene Loop site 13 which was a back-in with 50-amp, full hookups. There are shady sites as well as open sites. The WiFi signal was strong. There are a lot of recreation opportunities and wildlife viewing. Overall, Colorado does a fantastic job with their state parks and I don't mind paying the price. There was a day-use fee of $7 in addition to the camping fee. I would definitely return and reommend this fantastic state park.
04/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a lovely state park with terrific staff. It is very pretty and peaceful. We had a pull-through site with 30amp and water. There is no dump station. There is a lovely nature trail and a world reknown dinosaur trackway along with a great visitor center. There is a mini observatory/telescope and we had a great night sky program. This is a significant birding area recognized by Audubon so we saw all kinds of birds (raptors, water fowl, turkeys, song birds) along with deer, porcupine, etc. Cell phone service is iffy unless you go to higher ground. The park is about 10 or 12 miles from the cute historic town of Clayton where you can get supplies, have a good meal, and visit a terrific museum. The price reflects our annual camping pass with the $4 electric fee. We will definitely return.
04/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Owner was very friendly. Very nice RV park with attractive desert landscaping, and terrific views, that was centrally located near shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants. It is about 25-35% occupied. The WiFi worked well with a handful of servers, and was free. Nice little trail to walk the dogs, and the owners seemed to like dogs. We camped in site #90 (pull-through, 50amp, full hookups) and thought the site was cramped. We had to unhook our truck, because the site was not long enough for our 35-foot fiver and truck. The sites are narrow, and had to park the truck at an angle in order to get off the road. We ended up parking in the empty site next to us - no problem with the office. With three slide-outs, you barely had room to walk around the rig; the distance between the sites is fine, but the sites are narrow due to the vegetation between the sites. We thought it was a little pricey (even with our Good Sam discount) but realize that this is a tourist area so it was fine. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return and recommend this RV park to others.
01/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
The price reflects that we have a NM state park pass and the additional fee is $4 for electric and $4 for sewer. We stayed here for 4 nights and have stayed here a few times previously. This is a great state park! There were only a few sites occupied but the sites are spacious enough that if it were 100% filled, you would not feel cramped. The host has been here for a few years or so, and is very friendly and accommodating. I did not use the bathroom but checked them out and they appeared very clean. Park has a dedicated park superintendent and his staff is terrific. There are a lot of plans for upgrading the park as far as an improved trail along the sinkhole lakes and to develop the wetlands with more trails. You are about 13 miles from Roswell (pop. about 42K) which has anything you would want and wonderful, free museums. Don't miss visiting the Bitter Lakes Wildlife Refuge. The state park and refuge have wonderful birding and an interesting alkaline environment which contain unique species of plants, animals, insects, fish, birds, and plants. I highly recommend this state park!
12/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
We enjoyed this park but only stayed one night due to travel to another destination. Besides the hosts, we were the only ones in the campground. The sites were were spacious and the hosts were very friendly. I did not use the bathrooms but checked them out and they looked very clean and user-friendly. We enjoyed the visitor center, the petroglyphs and ruins, and hiking on the trails. It would be a great stopping off point to tour area sites. Winslow is close by for supplies and you felt isolated, yet you were not too far off from I-40. I highly recommend this state park and look forward to staying there again. AZ does a marvelous job with their state parks!
01/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a marvelous state park. We stayed over the Christmas and New Year holidays for 10 nights. We stayed in one of the northside campground, in spot # 84. There were not very many sites occupied. Every site is spacious and could accommodate a big rig. You would not feel crowded even if every site was occupied. The other campground, which had more trees, has some sites that would not be able to handle a big rig. There were great trails right out our door, and very nice views. Bring your bikes! We liked the feeling of being out in the boonies yet you could walk or bike (about 1 mile) to town for many amenities. The views are wonderful as well as other areas in the park. It is a great birding area with the Verde River flowing through the park. The hosts were very friendly. This is a perfect, quiet location to see many AZ sites. I would not like to stay in Sedona as it was very crowded with tourists. There are 2-3 terrific and clean grocery stores in Cottonwood as well as some great restaurants. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. We don't usually use the campground showers but because we were there for a longer period of time and there was no sewer connection, we used the showers. The dump station was very clean and user-friendly. The staff at the visitor were very friendly and helpful, too. This has become one of our favorite spots. One thing we did wish for is that AZ State Parks had a reservation service. Most state park campground are on a first-come, first-serve basis. That makes it kind of precarious if you travel long distances and you hope that there is a site available esp. during the busier camping seasons. I highly recommend this state park anytime!
12/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
There were only 3 rigs in the park. I agree with previously posts. This is an easy park for a night's stay. It is an excellent value. The sites are nice and long and there is decent space between them. WiFi worked well and there are some nice views. The shower house is still under construction. If you go to the casino, you need to sign up at the Winner's Circle and then present a piece of paper to the cashier and you get $5 cash. Also, you are given $5 for staying at the RV park. We kept the $10 - what a deal. We ate the breakfast buffet for &7.95 each in the casino - it was just OK. We figure the camping only cost us $6. I recommend this park if you want to see the sites in the area or as an overnight stay.
11/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have stayed here many times. This is the best urban RV park in NM and one of the nicest ones we have stayed in our years of RVing. I wish that Albuquerque and Santa Fe each had an RV park of this caliber. Friendly, easy check-in, nice sites, great dog run. Beautiful clubhouse. Staff are constantly working to maintain the park. There are a lot of amenities. I will definitely return and whole-heartedly recommend this RV park to others.
11/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed here on the way down and back from our destination. I wrote the other review that is posted for this park and everything still holds true. It is a convenient location. The sites are large so you don't have to unhook. The staff is very friendly. You are not bombarded with a million rules. We enjoyed walking around visiting the animals. Again, the freeway noise can be an issue. I would stay here again and recommend it to others.
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a first-rate facility and one of the nicest RV parks that I have stayed at. I heartily agree with all of the positive things said in previous posts about this campground. The sites are huge and very RV-friendly. The hookup setups are both top-notch and in a cute housing. I gave it a 9 rather than a 10 because the grounds were pretty stark and open. Low-level grasses and other xeriscape plants were used but I would like to see some taller bushes or trees. I live in the high desert and know that there are some nice desert-type trees and bushes available that don't take a lot of water. This is the only thing that I would say "negative" about this RV park and that is being really picky. Other than that, I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to other RVers.
07/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
I agree with the previous posting. We were at a lovely, large, back-in, private site in the Blanco Loop. This is my favorite NM State Park campground because of the beauty and peacefulness of the area, so this is why I rated it a 9 (using the standards of comparison of NM state parks and not RV parks). We have camped at Heron Lake many times. The Blanco Loop was about 50-60%% occupied on the Fourth of July. The lake was 12 feet higher and looked a lot better than in previous years. We like coming here because you get a quiet, more family oriented crowd with Heron being a no-wake lake. The other lakes that allow speed boats and jet skis tend to have a rowdy, partying crowd that do not know the meaning of quiet hours and leave their sites littered. The park also has a nice visitor center. I did not use the bathrooms but did check them out and they were nice and clean. We did get cell phone service with Verizon with a couple of bars of signal. The state is in the process of creating a nice trail system and has events scheduled throughout all of its state parks. The Rio Chama trail is in the area and is also a pretty, moderately easy hike along the Chama River. Its length is about 12 miles but you can walk as far as you want and then turn around. We were sorry to leave as we could have stayed for an entire month! I wanted to mention that there are some full service sites available in the Willow Creek campground that can be reserved. I believe that these sites may have 50 amp service but I would check if that is important to you. There are several other developed campgrounds that are dry camping and a lot nearer to the water and there is primitive camping just steps from the water. We have an annual camping pass, so our rate was only $4 for the electric hook-up. Otherwise, it is $14, quite a bargain as compared to what some other states charge for camping at their state parks.
03/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped in the Riverside Campground which was on the other side of the dam and was on the Rio Grande River with some nice trees and vegetation. (There are 3 or 4 other campgrounds in this state park but they are more open and have little vegetation.) Riverside Campground is conveniently located off the interstate yet far enough away so that you don't hear the traffic noise. We had a spacious full-hook up pull-through site. I gave the campground a lower score as I was disappointed at the condition of this campground. Our site had a lot of trash (which I picked up), a couple of piles of the contents of left-over cooking fires just thrown on the ground, and newly sprouted weeds which were knee-high throughout the area. It gave the campground an unkempt, shaggy appearance. I know that with the campsites cleaned after each use and trimming the weeds, the campground would look a 100% better. I really don't know what role the campground hosts played as I did not see them greet campers or do any campsite maintenance. Customarily at other NM state parks, they are the ones that make sure each site is neat and tidy after campers have left. I am sure the weed removal is done by a crew of groundskeepers. I hope that a better job of cleaning the grounds is done as it is a nice campground.
03/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We have stayed here several times during the off-season. We camped at Lion's Cove. The campgrounds were very busy (due to spring break) and we were glad we had reservations. The sites are always very nice, clean, and have a covered picnic table and fire ring/grill as well as electric, water, and in other campgrounds (not Lions Cove), a handful have sewer. We enjoyed watching the bunnies and quail. The only complaint we had is that there were several groups camped on the beach and one party in the campground that was very noisy and rowdy with music blaring until 4:00am and kept us awake! They also left a trail of trash! We were wondering where the ranger or sheriff was to tell them to keep it down. I called the main phone number but was greeted with an voice message that did not leave a contact number for emergencies or problems. We know that this state park has a reputation for rowdiness especially during the summer. We will not camp there again until the off-season late next fall.
01/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our second visit to this park. It is outstanding and so enjoyable. I don't think it is too expensive. I have paid a lot more for a park of a much lower standard. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating and escort you to your site. Sites are very nice, roomy, level, landscaped, and big-rig friendly. There are many amenities such as a free continental breakfast, daily newspaper, daily curbside trash pickup, etc. The park is very well kept and the staff are always out there keeping it clean. Great dog walk and convenient location. There is some noise from the freeway but it is not overbearing. The WiFi was $3.95 per day but worked very well. The only reason I did not give the park a 10 is that most of the sites are side-by-side hookups so you are close to your neighbor on one side (but high, privacy fence on the other side) and there are no picnic tables but I would give it a 9.5.
01/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here for two nights because I had some business in the area. I had read previous reviews but this is one of the only RV parks in the town. I was also leery of the report of tight spaces because of our three slideout. We were checked in by an Asian (Indonesian) couple. The man was very brusque and surly and he announced that there was only one 50 amp site left. We asked to see it and the woman walked us out to the site. We did not like the site and asked if one of the long-term sites were available even though they were 30 amp but much wider. The woman was accommodating and trying to keep it all together why the man made a few more remarks and just walked off. She had trouble with the registration system so it took a while for us to get registered. Meanwhile, the line got longer and longer. The park is off from I-10 so it gets filled up with people passing through. The park is in a very dumpy part of town but the Lordsburg, overall, is a dying town, and there are not many nice areas. This is typical of many towns in NM. Being from NM, I guess we are just use to it so it is not shocking to us. There was a sign posted that free Wi-Fi was available from 8:30pm to 7:00am. I asked the lady if there was a WiFi connection for pay and she said no, it was free, but to use it during the posted hours. I thought that was strange. I tried using the Wi-Fi at 5:00pm and it worked fine. It worked throughout our whole stay and the connection was strong since our site was behind the office where the Wi-Fi thing was. The park was not that bad but I would not like to stay at one of the side-by-side sites. Most of had this configuration. I gave it a lower rating because of the unfriendly host.
01/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
We were the only ones in the campground and so it was very quiet. We had one of the pull-through sites which to our delight, had water, 50 amp service, and sewer. Each side had a sheltered picnic table with a light and 20 amp outlet along with a grill and fire pit. The sites were attractive, roomy, and clean and views of the lake. The back-in sights did not have sewer. Part of the campground was closed due to the season. There a number of hiking trails with petroglyphs. The rangers were very friendly. I did inspected the bathrooms/showers and they were very clean and heated. I did not use them. One set of bathrooms/showers were closed for the season. There was a boat ramp and docks. I would definitely like to come back and stay here especially in warmer weather and I am sure it is very pretty when the trees are leafed out and plants and grasses are green. We would like to boat on the lake and explore the surrounding area.
12/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
I would have given this park an 8 or 9 but downgraded it because of the owner's attitude towards pets. He would be better off not allowing pets but I guess he would be out a lot of revenue because many people travel with pets. It was a little pricey for its location and for Gallup, NM. As soon as you drove into the park, you can tell the owner was a super-right-winged military person from all of the displays on the signs. He was so proud to be an American and made no bones that he was a vet and his park was 100% American owned. The first sign you saw was that he supported the Iraq war-fine but why did I need to know this information? These kinds of people make me nervous because you know at any moment they may go beserk. Makes you wonder why he had the need to put his rah-rah America views in your face and just show neutrality. It was a total turnoff. The person who checked me in was friendly (not the owner) and said because of the Iraq war, that was why we could walk around free in this country. Good thing he bought the owner's trip. Then he repeated at least 4 times that the dogs were not to be walked around the park and could only walk on the blacktop to the dog walk or to the area outside of the park boundaries. I received a separate sheet of 12 dog rules that had very threatening consequences if I did not follow them. It claimed that pet owners let their dogs "use AMERICA as their toilet". or some crazy thing like that. There were several signs posted all over the park about not letting pets go just about every place in the park. I am no dummy and am a very conscientious pet owner and don't need a sign at every turn to tell me not to let my pet go in a particular area. I was not approached because I followed the pet rules to the letter but I know I would have been admonished if my dog would tinkle a drop on the gravel or on a tree. I felt like I was being watched constantly and did not feel relaxed while staying here. It is too bad because the park was really nice and very well maintained. I will NEVER stay here again and will NEVER recommend this park to anyone. Because of the owner's attitude, he is hanging himself.
12/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
I do not know why Trailer Life Directory only rated this park a seven on appearance. It is a very attractive, well maintained park conveniently located off of I40. Folks were very pleasant and welcomed pets as long as you followed the very reasonable park rules. They had two nice dogs runs, too. The level graveled sites were very spacious with a tree, picnic table, full hookups, and cable. WiFi was free and there was good signal throughout the park. They had a nicely stocked store and movie videos to rent. There were long-term folks here but they had nice rigs and very neat sites. No rift-raft. This was also a horse motel. This was a good location for one night or a few nights if you wanted to check the area out. There are some nice natural areas to hike in. I would definitely recommend this very lovely and reasonably price RV park and would stay here again.
10/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a no-frills RV park that is located right off the interstate. The people were very friendly and they were very pet-friendly. They have corrals with horses and pens with farm animals that we enjoyed visiting. There were several long-term campsites taken and the sites were very neat for the most part. The graveled pull-through sites were very spacious and had a little landscaping and trees between them. The hook-ups were fine and the sites were level. It looks like the last row of sites were new so were pretty barren of vegetation. The park is in the middle of nowhere but there are two good-sized towns, one that is 20 miles north and one 20th miles to the south. Albuquerque is about an hour north. This is a convenient overnight stop or a good location to check out Salinas National Monument, Bosque Del Apache, and the surrounding area. One negative thing was the noise from the freeway but it was not so bad at night.
08/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
When we drove up to the park, we were somewhat disappointed with the layout of the sites. The pull-through sites were strung along a narrow dirt road, rigs end-to-end but with some room between. If there were large rigs on either end of the site, a large rig may have trouble pulling in. There was little privacy. We were glad there were only 15 sites. The setting is very pretty, near national forest land, but rigs are out in the open. The hook-ups worked fine and there was cable and phone hook-ups for longer term folks. All sites but five, contained folks that had been there all summer. There is WiFi, with a strong connection, available for $3/day. There is a dumpster but no showers, office, playground, pool, etc. We stayed three nights and have to admit,the place really GREW on us. We could see why many of the campers return each year and spend the summer there. It was really quiet and laid-back and relaxing.The campers were SO friendly and the owners accommodating. I did not see any kids - seemed to be all adults that were QUIET. The male owner had a cynical sense of humor and he was a little odd, but that was ok. It is convenient to Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, and Alamogordo yet you felt like you were away from civilization. We ended up really enjoying our experience there and will definitely will return. I think this is the best campground with hook-ups in the area. I would have given it a higher rating if the layout of the sites were designed differently.
04/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
The Riana Campground is located on a 150 foot rock bluff overlooking Abiquiu Lake. This is an Army Corps of Engineers development. The scenery is spectacular and there is a pretty view of the lake which is 4,000+ acres - big for New Mexico. This is Georgia O'Keeffe country. The campground is open April 15-Oct 15 and fees range from $5-$14. Sites 1-15 have water, 50 amp electric, covered picnic table, trash can, fire pit, and lantern pole. The sites have a paved RV pad. We have camped only at these sites. They have a good amount of distance between the sites. Sites 9 and 10 are pull-throughs, the rest of the hooup sites are very long back-ins. On sites 1-39 only, you can have 2 camping units but only one unit can be a wheeled unit. Sites 40-54 are primitive tents sites only with two tents allowed per site. There is a dump station. Nice clean vaulted bathrooms as well as very clean bathrooms with showers. There is a group site as well as separate tent sites. There is a playground for the kids. There are water spigots throughout the campground. Lake shore access for boat launching is 1 mile from the campground. Primitive camping is permitted free of charge during the off season. During the open season, there are two campground hosts. Odd numbered sites are reservable. We have camped here several times and have always enjoyed our experience and the scenery.
03/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
We have stayed here last year and enjoyed it. The rangers and campground hosts are very helpful and friendly. The campground is very attractive and well laid out with plenty of room between sites. I especially like the 4 or 5 long, pull-through sites. There really is not a bad site. They all have cover, shaded picnic tables and gravel sites. There are many sites that have views of the lake. Bring you bike as there are isolated roads to ride on. The visitor center has superb displays and the geology of the area is very unique and fascinating. Bird watching is another activity. There is a really nice swimming beach. Fall, winter, and spring are the times to visit as the summers are pretty hot (but dry). There are only about 6 sites with 50 amp service along with water and sewer; the rest are 30 amp. That is a consideration when choosing a site when you will using your AC. We did have good cell phone signal even though the state park is isolated. The nearest store is in Roswell so if you need supplies, it is about a 20-minute drive into town. Another little town, Dexter, is about 7 miles away but does not have the selection of goods as does Roswell. Nearby, is the Bitter Root Wildlife Refuge. We highly recommend this state park for a quick overnight stay or as a base to explore the area.
03/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
We have stayed here a number of times. It is a convenient stop for overnight or longer term. There were not many campsites taken this time of year. The sites are clean and well spaced. We stayed at Lion's Cove, Loop A. The only other sites taken in this row were the 4 campground host sites. We stayed at the other end in site #59. We were told at the visitor center that there were no reservaton sites reserved and to camp at any space. The next day, the campground host was somewhat rude. She came to our campsite about 11:00am did not even say hello) and asked when we arrived. She told us we had to leave that day because the site was reserved. This was not true. That is probably why this row of sites were all empty and the next loop, which were first -come, first-served sites were more filled. I think she misunderstood the park policies. If the reservable sites were not reserved, you can camp there. This is true of all New Mexico state parks. Her behavior was a turn-off and not very welcoming. We will overlook this and will camp here again at a later date. Funny how some people can give you a bad taste in your mouth. Too bad this person is a campground HOST. She sure does not act like one.
02/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
I would have given this RV park a 10 if it would have had a pool/spa and paved sites. But that was ok by me. This was a very nicely designed campground with an old ranch theme. Every site was excellent and well spaced from one another. Privacy was provided by juniper trees and dividers made of old barn wood. There were old farm implements that were interesting to look at. The dog walk was great. You could go beyond the ranch and walk about 2 miles one way. The rpark was conveniently located right off the main highway but felt very remote. There was a big cemetary on the west side. One of the bunk houses had workout equipments as well as books, magazines, and videos. The laundry room was immaculate as were the private restrooms. The laundry room had two phones so you could hook up your computer with a dial-up connection as well as free WiFi. The best part of the whole experience was the staff. They were extremley friendly and helpful and went the extra mile. One of the workers even dropped some mail off at the post office on her way home. We felt very welcome, our business appreciated, the dogs were also welcomed, and the rules were very reasonable and stated in a humorous manner. There were sites for people who wanted to spend a longer time. The electric was metered and phone service was available. I would like to spend a winter here. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this RV park.
02/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Percha Dam State Park is the birder's paradise. The variety of birds is amazing. There is a visitor center that has a lot of info on birding. The state park is very convenient just off I-25 yet far enough away that you do not get the freeway noise. The campground was very pretty and had some big cottonwoods along with a lot of smaller trees waiting to become big trees. The sites are pull-throughs and have picnic tables under a shelter. They mostly are a fair distance apart from each other. Some of the pull-throughs are a little short for a big rig. We had a 35 foot fifth wheel and found ourselves going over into the next site. This was not a problem because the campground only had a few other sites that were occupied. This ia nice place to stay for an overnight stop or an extended stay.
12/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very pretty small no-frills campground conveniently located off the highway yet away from the hub-bub of Ruidoso. There were many pretty pine trees and our site backed up to a field where we found a large herd of deer grazing. The park was very well kept and not too busy this time of year. The sites are spacious and include a picnic table. If you have a large rig, the access roads to the campsites are narrow and challenging but manueverable esp. with the turns. The staff were friendly and informative. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this RV park.
12/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
The only reason I did not give this RV park a 10 is that I think the sites could have included a picnic table and a little more landscaping but this is the desert. Between every two sites is a privacy fence with bushes and vines. Every two sites are side-by-side hookup sites which means that you are very near your neighbor. There are deluxe separate hookups for each sites and the sites are very clean, well kept, and large. The dog walk was the best. The staff were very courteous and helpful. You were escourted to your site. The clubhouse was very nicely done. There were many thoughtful amenities such as breakfast, a large whirlpool, workout rooms, a very nice sitting area with large screen TV, etc. This would be a great place to spend an extended stay. The park was suited for large rigs and very thoughtfully designed. There were reasonable park rules but you did not feel that you were being scrutinized or in a Nazi camp. The park is very conveniently located to shopping, Walmart, Historic La Mesilla, and near RV service shops if you needed work done on your rig. This was one of the nicest maintained parks that I have ever frequented especially for New Mexico and will definitely recommend it and will return.
12/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
We spent the Christmas holiday and there were only about 5 sites occupied. The views from this quiet campground are awesome and the desert vegetation beautiful. Only 4 of the electric/water sites are reservable. The sites are very large and have a fire pit and picnic table. Some of the sights have picnic tables beneath a shelter. It is very hot in the summer. There are nice low level lights that light up the trails to the bathrooms. The hookups on some of the sites are in an odd location. If you have a large rig, you can pull in but then have to maneuver to get in the right spot to access the hookups. We have a 35-foot fifth wheel. For example, in site #1, no matter from what direction you would pull into, your door would open onto the road side. Very odd. If you have a small rig, you could back into that site. The visitor center is very informative and the tour of the ranch house was very interesting. The Dog Canyon hike is beautiful but challenging. There is a pretty riparian trail. The weather was unseasonably warm. There are some good roads that would be great for bicycling.
11/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
The office staff was very friendly and accommodating. We came in just as the office was about to close at 7:00pm. The weather was very blustery and chilly but we were escorted to our site and directed in. The campground was very wooded and would be pleasant in the summer. It was well cared for and very attractive. The sites were well spaced but I think the roads might be a little tight for very large rigs, however manuverable. We had a 35 foot fifth wheel. The amperage was only 30 amps. The pool was seasonal. They had propane on site for sale. We wanted to explore the area so the office staff let us stay at our site way past the checkout time of 11:00am. There was a nice playground for the kids and a dog walk. Our satellite dish did not work because of the trees but there were other sites that this would not be the case. This place would be ideal for using as a base for exploring the area or for overnight since it is conveniently located right off from I-40. We would definitely recommend this campground and intend on returning in the future.
11/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had the place to ourselves and got to camp (Logan Campground) in the host campsite which had a marvelous view of the lake and also had sewer besides water and electric. The cost of the site was $18 a night. We camped for four nights. Many of the sites had a covered picnic table. There were a variety of campgrounds to choose from. We were very near two boat launches. Most things were closed for the season as well as the restrooms. All of the sites were very clean, well spaced apart, and many had views of the lake. Some of the tent areas were near the water. We enjoyed the solitude and beauty of the lake. We were only about 2-3 miles from the town of Logan. I would imagine that during summer weekends, the place is hopping with people who enjoy water activities.
11/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
Easy off and on from I-40. Convenient for overnight as there were quite of few occupants of that nature. Owners were friendly. The sites were level and easy to pull into to with our 35 foot fifth wheel. The space between them was more than adequate. The campground was very neat and clean. The cable reception was not too clear and we were told that is the way it is. The BBQ was pretty good and were glad it was available. The gift shop was well stocked and propane was available. The pool is seasonal. There were many friendly cats around the office. We usually stay at Santa Rosa State Park but would also recommend staying here.
07/2005
rating [ 4/10 ]
It took several times before I got a return call in order to make a reservation. We arrived in the afternoon and the office was closed. Our reservation paperwork was in a conspicuous spot so we grabbed it and went to our site. The site was already occupied. I left a few messages at the offices and we just took another vacant site hoping that it was not reserved. We finally got a return call back but several hours later. The campground was filled with many year-round RV's, many that were very old and run-down and their outdoor areas arund the sites were littered with about everything they owned. It was very unattractive. There were also dogs roaming around and there were some trucks and other vehicles parked here and there. The grounds would rather unkempt. The nicest looking part of the campground was the pet area. I think with some extra maintenance and TLC, this campground would have been much better. The owners must think you don't have perform too much maintenance to keep the place up. I think the Trailer Life Directory overrates this campground. Regular offices hours need to be maintained as this was one of the most annoying aspects. We never did see the owners because of their odd hours. This place was ok for an overnight stop because there are not too many decent places to camp between Albuquerque and Durango.
09/2005
rating [ 2/10 ]
TL Directory gave this RV park a 6.5 for an attractiveness rating. I don't believe that their staff has been to this park for quite a while. We stayed here based only on its central location. When we called to make reservations, we were not told that the usual road to the RV park was under construction and closed. It was quite a feat to get to the park. Most of the park's inhabitants seemed to be long-term folks and many of the RVs were very rundown and crummy with junk outide of their RVs. The park grounds were loaded with dog excrement. Most of the hook-ups were side-by-sides which meant you were very close on one side to your neighbor. The sites were gravel with a paved patio but no picnic table was provided. The interior roads were mostly graveled and not paved as TL Directory stated. We felt like we were in a trashy mobile home park. The pool was closed for some unknown reason and the hottub was available only in the winter. The park is located in a very shakey part of Albuquerque with empty lots with junk in them and rundown buildings and shacks. We just kept our shades closed with the air conditioner running so we did not have to look out the window. Their is no view!!! This RV park needs a lot of TLC.
04/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
We attended a state rally here at the end of April. The owners were so accommodating and made us feel welcome. Sites were spacious and a good distance apart. However, the trees need to hurry and grow up so some shade is provided. There is not a bad site in the whole park. The bathrooms, laundry room, meeting room, etc., were immaculate. The gift shop had nice quality gifts and a thoughtful supply of needed items one might have forgotten to pack. They offer great BBQ meals that are delivered to your campsite. Talk about service! The landscaping around the buildings, cabins, tent area, and pool/spa areas were very attractive. The cabins seemed very nice and include a grill and a outside swinging bench. You could tell that the owners thought about every little detail regarding the campground layout and amenities. The campground is near a lake, conveniently located off the highway, and is not too far from two towns, a national park, and national forest. We highly recommend this RV park (we are picky) and will definitely stay here again.
03/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was a very pretty campground. We were the only ones camping besides the campground hosts who were very friendly. It was extremely clean and well kept. The sites were very spacious and far apart. Each side had a covered picnic table and grill and there was a trash can located at each campsite. There was a pretty view of the lake. There are sites on the east side of the lake nearer to the lake but this section was closed due to the time of year. It was very quiet and we enjoyed the wildlife. We definitely would return and recommend this state park to others.
03/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
The campground hosts were very friendly and helpful. The sites were spaced nicely apart and each had a covered picnic table and grill. It was very quiet and a very pretty area. We enjoyed learning about how the Bottomless Lakes were formed. It was extremely quiet and relaxing. We could ride our bikes on the road and there was hardly any traffic. The only complaint we had is that sometimes the smell from the brackishness of the standing water that remained after a very rainy period was unpleasant.
03/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
We liked the sites in the middle of the campground more than on the perimeter as they were spaced wider apart, were away from the highway, and had nice pine trees. Some of the amenities were not available due to the time of the year that we visited. The owner of the campground was very friendly, laid back, and willing to help yet she was not pushy or a pest. We liked the location. It was close enough to town yet far enough away from the hubbub and traffic. We would definitely recommend this campground over many others that we saw in the Ruidoso area.
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