This is an older, small park with great people. There is an honor system for ice, snacks, laundry, etc. Spaces are small, but bear in mind that this park was built before slide-outs were invented. I am a bit miffed by a reviewer who rated this park WITHOUT staying. I came here for a week two years ago and never left. What this park lacks in size, it MORE than makes up for with top notch owners and long-term residents. The owners have a big cook-out once a year and invite all customers. In all fairness, I have seen a 42 foot class A with SUV in tow park here with no problems. I would absolutely stay here any time.
Nice lake and wildlife, but very poorly run. I had a big problem with getting one story from the host and a totally different one from the manager (who has a real problem with "people skills"). Flies, mosquitos and bees were a problem. Some campers were very "scruffy" and appeared to be one step above vagrants. Snakes are common in warmer weather. Even with a state park discount permit, I won't likely return.
The setting is spectacular. The rest is not. Spaces are not well laid out and can be tricky to get in. The full-time residents gossip terribly and my stay has been as a target for their hostility. The owner is right in the middle of it. The laundry room has ONE washer and dryer which the full-timers often "hog". The TV translators rarely all work, and leave you with NO cable and 2 or 3 TV stations. You may be treated better, but I was not. I will NOT be coming back!
Yes: it's worth $5 but that's all. The scenery is spectacular, but there is no dump or electricity and few water spigots. Host is a typical smart-alect. Stay overnight and don't talk to anyone. It's a long drive for any supplies.
Spaces are not very level due to minimal topsoil above bedrock. Host and manager are known to bad-mouth some guests to other guests. Power can be iffy due to the use of GFCI breakers on both 20 and 30 amp service on most spaces. View is excellent, and nearby White Oak begs for photos. Federal passes (golden access/senior pass) qualify for 50% off.
Hosts are rude, pets are barely welcome. Water has a funny smell, but is soft. Only two hook-up sites and are usually full. Petroglyphs are nice, but I recommend it as a day visit. Dogs are NOT allowed on trails. A Park Service campground is 8 miles up the road, but has no hookups. Gate here is closed from 7 PM to 8 AM, but not locked.
The rock formations are pretty spectacular, but the staff attitude is typical (poor), NM State Park. There is no dump station. Nearest place to dump is 20 miles away. Bad rumor mill: if someone badmouths you, forget a pleasant stay. A loose Chow mix dog attacked mine: be careful.
This park and Alpine have really gone downhill. I was put by two trailers full of oil-field workers with non muffled pickups, with the promise that I'd be moved to the back when there was space. I was not, and ANOTHER trailer of oilfield workers was put across from me. I had my head "bitten off" for helping a lady unhook her trailer, and left with nearly a full month of rent paid. I'll never pay cash again. I'll never return to Alpine.
The park facility is very nice, but some of the work-campers and long term "guests" are real jerks. If you're redneck or blue collar, bring it on. Otherwise look elsewhere. Oil field workers and their attitude are common here. Water is the worst I've ever seen...beyond hard!