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02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice park, with lots of landscaping and good privacy for many of the sites. Very friendly and accommodating folks running the place. The clubhouse area they have set up, with the bathrooms, showers, a nice little library and reading room, is very homey. Couldn't get Wi-Fi to work for us, but as we use a mobile broadband card, this wasn't a big issue.
02/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nicely laid-out campground. As previously mentioned, some corners are tight and paved sites are a bit narrow if you have a larger rig. Beautiful views overlooking the lake, and a nicely-maintained foot trail which loops back to the campground, as well as T's off down to the lake shore. Enjoyed the site layouts, which emphasize the natural desert landscaping. Each site has its own little picnic table roof and a wall which helps make it feel very private. My only complaint was the restrooms: a sign on the door saying, due to maintenance issues, heat is not available until 3/8/2010. Showers have the single buttons which you have to continuously push in order to get water flow. All in all, though, a very nice park, and we'd certainly return. Having to slow for road construction, and driving through Carlsbad city traffic, it took us just over an hour to get to Carlsbad Caverns.
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great State Park about 13 miles outside of Roswell. Beautiful red bluffs and clear lakes give it some of the nicer scenery of the entire area. It was too cold to swim while we stayed, but the swimming beaches looked quite clean and orderly. Great place to practice some photography, especially when the red bluffs light up with alpenglow in the evening.
11/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great place to "get away from it all" while staying in the luxury of your own RV. Tight turns might make for challenging maneuvering for larger RVs. At the time we stayed here, the camp was nearly empty and we had our choice of the beautiful stream side sites. Restrooms and showers were very clean in and excellent condition. We were not able to get any cell reception in this area (AT&T). Some of the best hiking trails of the parks we've stayed at, with many more within driving distance. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, there's a good chance you'll enjoy staying at this park.
11/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Large, rustic park in a quiet, attractive area with lots of big shade trees. All sites are unpaved, which is not a negative for me. Very pet friendly - many nice areas to walk dogs. Hosts were *very* friendly and helpful. Only markdown from me is due to poor state of restrooms and showers. Although they tried to keep them clean, they are much too dinghy to properly maintain. Poorly lit. Wife was afraid to spend much time in showers for fear of things falling down from the multitude of spiderwebs in the unprotected rafters above.
01/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
This park is located in one of the more scenic locations of the general area, and has a lot of potential, but unfortunately it appears to have a ways yet to go. Reservations are apparently not accepted at this time, according to their web site. On arrival, we paid for a "B" (non-paved, water/electric only, $20/night) spot. However, we found that the "B" area was so muddy that we were not brave enough to even drive the between-sites access roads for fear of getting stuck. Instead, we relocated to what was apparently an "A" site (paved, water/electric/sewer, $30/night). However, calling the "A" sites "paved" is a bit of a misnomer - the pavement is in such poor condition that it is rougher than many gravel sites we have stayed at in other parks. CAUTION: the entire area as of this writing are under construction - numerous unmarked deep holes & piles of dirt are all over, rendering much of the access, as well as the sites themselves, completely unusable!! When we finally found a site that appeared to be accessible, we found (after unhooking) that the electric hookups didn't work. As it was getting rather late, we elected to stay and "dry camp" on the site instead. Restrooms appeared clean and with new fixtures - puzzlingly though, showers and stalls don't have any doors at all. To their credit, the lady who checked us in was friendly and offered us a refund on account of the non-working electricity. Highly recommend calling ahead of time and checking on site construction & utility status if you are thinking about staying here.
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