This park is actually located about 15 miles out of town, but it is much nicer than the one in town. We were here three summers ago and there have been some nice improvements. The roads are all level gravel with grass in between each site. The trees have matured a bit and make the park look prettier. The Wi-Fi is excellent and a few TV stations are available. There is an on-site cafe. We will return if we ever try to get to Carlsbad Caverns again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
After reading a few of the reviews (bad odor in the evenings and stickers/burrs in the pet run area) we thought about not calling in a reservation, but we were glad we stayed here. Everyone was very friendly and we found only a few stickers/burrs but more in some of the grassy areas. We did not find it to be much of a problem and we found the entire park to be beautifully maintained and exceedingly pleasant! A bit far from the caverns but believe it is still the nicest campground in the entire area. Level and large sites, good electric, picnic tables and some sites have large patios (at an extra price). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice facilities. Unfortunately every night around sundown thru sunrise there is the most awful smell. The whole park stinks! The work campers told us it is from the near by oil fields; however, long term residents said it was the park's sewer treatment lagoon. I don't know what the smell was, but we didn't get one night's good sleep. Even with all the doors and windows of our fifth wheel closed, we were awakened every night by the stench! We cut our trip short because we could no longer stand it. Would never stay here again. Wish I could get a refund. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here in a cabin for only one night. I would not have wanted to stay here in our tent trailer because there wasn't much shade and it was very hot. The cabin was clean but a little cramped for 4 people. The staff upon check in was very friendly. Our one complaint was the shower house was very hot, there was no air circulating at all so it was very uncomfortable after showering. It seems they would have provided some portable fans to help with air movement. I propped open the doors a couple of times. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This is a great campground. We camped here in a 30ft trailer and sites are level with gravel. There are several sites with patios and even some with swings. We were escorted to our site (which I always like). Staff are very friendly and helpful. There is even a nightly dinner if you wish to buy it. The pool is a touch small, but we only used it for a short time. There is no other shade at this campsite, however, we used this site to go to the Living Desert Zoo (excellent) and Carlsbad Caverns (even better). Showers and the laundry areas are very clean. Will definitely stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not a destination place, but good enough for a night or two when visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Carlsbad is a dusty little town with very little in it. The KOA park is really far north (about 20 minutes north of town) and is not convient to anything. However, it is by far the nicest place in Carlsbad. The entire place is all gravel: not one stitch of grass. The hookups all worked (power, water, sewer and cable TV). The pool was clean and small but it cooled us off since it was 109 when we got here. One lady in the office was very nice and very pleasant. The other lady was almost mean and very grouchy. The way she talked to the other person working there was embarrassing. I would stay here again if I were ever in Carlsbad, but I have no intention of ever going to Carlsbad again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice RV park. Nice staff. Sites are wide with lots of room between you and your neighbors. Everything worked well. Only used the wi-fi a minimum, but it worked when I did. Barbeque served on site was good, and price reasonable considering you would have to drive nearly 20 miles to the nearest town to eat otherwise. Two separate fenced dog areas, and we always found at least one empty to let our dog in without having to worry about other dogs. Kids would be entertained by the rabbits roaming through the sites. Only downsides: 1. it is nearly 20 miles to the town of Carlsbad and another 25+ to the caverns. 2. There are burrs in some parts of the grass in the sites. Our dog got them in her feet and could barely walk when we unknowingly let her walk there. Barefoot kids could have a problem also. We would stay there again when in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The lady at check-in was wonderful and promptly gave us our KOA points discount. Was directed to a site with a paver patio. Cable was not good, and ABC was unavailable, maybe a total of 10 channels. Voltage got so high at night my EMS system on our motorhome tripped the power due to very high voltage. Fairly nice pool area, with loud screaming kids, but we were disappointed that the hot tub area was closed and it looked like it wasn't going to be fixed any time soon. We are repeat customers, and this was our worst visit due to issues with the hot tub and nonexistent Wi-Fi. By the way, TengoInternet is just horrible! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We chose a pull-through space with patio and cabana and were not disappointed. We were delayed in our travel, called ahead to inform the KOA office, and when we arrived very late at night, the office left our registration packet where we could easily retrieve it. We were most-impressed! Really some nice detail in pool, restrooms, and grounds. Great staff - and BBQ ribs and brisket were available delivered to our site. Awesome experience! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rarely do I give poor reviews to an RV park unless it is really bad, but we've had very poor service here. Checking in was fine, as the front desk lady was lovely. The man who brought us to our site was not particularly friendly. I know that wind is a problem in the desert of NM, but to keep losing power when the wind blows is crazy. Today we had no water or power more than once. Thank goodness we were here, as our dogs would have died in the heat. The park only has grass in the dog park. It is very dusty. If they can have green grass in a dog park, why no grass around the sites? How this park is rated as highly as it is is beyond me. It is 50 miles from Carlsbad Caverns which is not explained anywhere I could find. It is at least 15 miles from a town in the middle of nowhere. The sites are large, true, and I'm sure the pool is fine, but when your power goes out from a windy day, it makes no sense. Beyond that, it is not in Carlsbad which is what their ads say. Maybe it's the only game in town worth staying, but I would rather park at Walmart, be closer and know I have to run my generator to have power. This is one park where I feel I can't wait to leave, and I felt that as soon as the man guided us into it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A great park in the desert! First off, the customer service is top notch. We made a request for site in proximity to other campers and received a phone call prior to our arrival to inform us our request had been honored. The place was very clean and well kept. Each morning I saw no less than five people working the grounds and two people in the nicely stocked office/store. No complaints. My rate reflects the 'top of the line' site with a patio, covered seating area, and porch swing. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Stayed here thinking it was close to Carlsbad Caverns when in fact it was 45 minutes away. There was a two fenced dog areas which were nice but be careful walking the dog in the gravel areas because there are a lot of little stickers that are everywhere in the desert! The bathrooms were gorgeous and huge. I think its a little pricey considering how far away it is from Carlsbad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a spacious campground with wide gravel roads and sites and a sprinkling of trees. The office building is large with a store, a dining room, very nice restrooms, and a pool next to it. This KOA provides breakfast in the dining room and dinner either in the dining room or delivered to your site. Breakfast consists of pancakes and side dishes, while dinner is barbeque or pizza. The campground is about halfway between Carlsbad and Artesia, so it is a good 15 minute drive to get to any stores, gas stations, or restaurants. The park is within sight of Brantley Lake, although it is a few miles drive to get into that state park. My site was level and had one shade tree to the rear street side, which seemed to have a group of noisy birds in it every morning. The only problem I had was the wifi was slow and the connection poor, even though I was only 2 rows over from the office. The price seemed a little high for a park that is not terribly close to... well, anything. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The staff here is very friendly, upbeat and helpful. They escort you to your site, which is always appreciated. The park has nice open sites and the hook-ups are excellent. This is the first campground we've been in where there are 3 sewer hook-ups at the site. The bathrooms were excellent as they were very modern, clean & pretty. The grounds were well maintained & the cable worked well. Our Verizon hot spot would not work, but we could make a phone call with Verizon. The campground is half-way way between Carlsbad & Artesia, but the are almost no services nearby. They do serve a limited evening dinner of BBQ, which was great, and they will even deliver it (pre-paid) to your site. The caverns are a good forty-five minutes away. We liked it there and would return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
One of the nicest KOA's we've stayed in yet. Best bathrooms ever! Place was really clean and well maintained. Staff very friendly and helpful. Graveled sites level and well groomed with a nice grassy area at each site. Well worth the 15 minute drive from town. Would definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Considering that this CG is in the middle of the desert, it is reasonably attractive and the sites are pretty good sized. The roads and sites are gravel and there is plenty of dust, but everything in this part of the world is dusty. The front office staff are very friendly and informative. The CG has an extensive restaurant menu (mostly BBQ) which is good since you are a long way from the town of Carlsbad. The worst thing about the CG is that the Wi-Fi is nearly unusable. The speed varies from slow to zero. Since there is no Verizon data signal (there is sufficient voice signal to make calls), you are stuck with the Wi-Fi. As far as we are concerned not having decent internet access makes this CG unacceptable for more than one night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 1 night while visiting the caverns. This park is outside and north of Carlsbad town and about a 30 min drive to the caverns. But it is the nicest campground in the Carlsbad area. Big, roomy sites with patches of grass throughout. Although, during the winter months there are a lot of stickers that my dog kept getting in his paws. Very pet friendly with fenced dog yard. Cable TV worked OK, but we were unable to get the wi-fi to work at any usable speed. They have their own Texas style BBQ that is delicious. You pre-order, and they will deliver to your rig, or you can eat on the patio. There are a lot of full timers, many were oil workers in the area. But everyone was friendly. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We chose this place since it was listed as being in Carlsbad and we were visiting the park. But this campground is 18 miles north of Carlsbad and park is south of the city! The staff were nice. OK dusty gravel sites. Mostly full timers and in our row they had not picked up dog waste lately. The biggest drawback again is that it is not in Carlsbad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park with friendly staff. Pride of ownership shows. It is in a very rural area between Carlsbad and Artesia. Interior roads are in good condition. Our site (G-2) was level and all utilities worked well. There are many extended-stay residents here, but all sites are well maintained. It was very quiet the two days we were there. Wi-Fi was very slow at our site, when it worked. They offer meals delivered to your site, but we did not try them. We did not check out the restroom/shower facilities. I would give this park a 10 except for the Wi-Fi. We enjoyed our stay and will choose this park again when in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As noted in other reviews, this park is clean, well maintained, has friendly staff and good access from the highway. The roads and sites are all dirt and gravel and with the frequent high winds in NM, we found a lots of blowing dust. The park is about 45 minutes from Carlsbad Caverns and about 20 minutes from Artesia, NM. It is expensive, but would probably stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well maintained campground with helpful and friendly check in. Road and pad are gravel, so very dusty. Level pull throughs and big rig access is good. Quiet with space and privacy around the RV, a few trees, grass between sites and a picnic table. Bathrooms and laundry are clean and well equipped. Dog walk area. WiFi and cell are good. Food stores and restaurants are in Carlsbad, about 18 miles away. The barbecue dinners delivered to your site are very good. We felt that it was expensive for what it offered. There were quite a few oil field workers here, and a very pungent odor from the oil operations in the area. There is not a lot of choice in the area for overnight camping. This is the second time we have stayed here, and would do so again. Rate reflects KOA discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park was clean and well kept, and the office staff were friendly. The park has only immature trees with little in the way of shade. The park is set away from the highway which cuts down on noise. However, it is located about 20 miles north of Carlsbad which makes for a long trip to the caverns which are located about 20 miles south of the city. On the plus side, they offer home cooked BBQ dinners or pizza delivered to your site nightly. The ribs were delicious! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 2 nights while visiting Carlsbad Cavern. It is a very nice park and one of the cleanest I have ever seen. It has a great dog park. Beware of walking your dog on the regular grass as it is full of sticker burrs. The sites are very large, internet was fast and TV great. The only issue is that this park is about 50 minutes away from Carlsbad Cavern and about 15 minutes from the town of Carlsbad. It really is out in the middle of nowhere, but that makes it very peaceful. There were quite a few oil field workers here, which was not a problem. Everyone was friendly and quiet. There is a pool and an adult only hot tub. Would absolutely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I believe this is only the second 10 I've ever given to any RV park. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The park was beautifully maintained. The interior roads were nice and wide, the sites were long, wide and level. The hookups worked great. The park was very quiet at night. We definitely will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
KOA's have always been so friendly. This was no different. Owner was informative and pleasant. Their store was very big and had a lot of stuff. We ordered their bar-b-que sandwich for site delivery. They were prompt and excellent in quality. Stayed one night and would have stayed longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was an excellent place to stay while visiting Carlsbad Caverns. It is about an hour from the caverns. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The sites were spacious and level. I would camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is a prime example of campground owners being in denial that they are in the hospitality industry. Time after time I am frustrated with the attitude that campground hosts think they are doing you a favor by supplying amenities on THEIR property. After 3 or 4 or 5 signs telling me what NOT to do, it makes me feel very unwelcome. I would never expect that kind of attitude from a Marriott or Hilton, but it is rampant in the RV park industry. This KOA is another in a series of them we experienced this summer. Although they have some pretty sites, most are average. The laundry is OK, but more than half the washers and dryers were out of order, making for a long wait. The pool is woefully small for the climate and size of the campground. The owner checked us in and was very condescending. We asked about the caverns and he handed us the park newspaper. When asked how far it is, I never got a straight answer. Probably because what the website doesn't tell you is that it is an hour from the caverns. I read their website wrong, it says 15 miles to Carlsbad, when I thought meant the caverns. My bad. There is nothing special here; you might as well stay at one of the campgrounds closer in town. If you're in this area, you are probably here to see the caverns anyway and won't spend much time at the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a nice place to spend 2 days in the Carlsbad area. It is a 40 minute drive to Carlsbad Caverns and 55 minute drive to Roswell. Although the park is 13 miles out of town, that just provided a quiet retreat and ability to watch the stars of the summer sky! The pool, laundry and store facilities were top notch. We would stay here again! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As others have said, this park is in a desert environment, so there is little or no shade. Sites were will spaced and level. Park was very clean. Dog park had grass which my small house dogs loved. Had a number of cable channels with cable TV unlike some other campgrounds with only six or seven channels available. This park is about 12 miles outside of Carlsbad, so that makes it about 32+ miles to the caverns. As far as KOA parks go, I would rate this a 9; in comparison with other RV parks I would rate this an 8. I thought that the cost was too high overall. Price of site was with KOA discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is about 15 miles north of Carlsbad. It was a little inconvenient for visiting Carlsbad Caverns but the other campgrounds did not look very well kept. The campground closest to the Caverns did not look well maintained. We were happy with our decision to stay at Carlsbad KOA. The campground was not crowded during our stay. There was adequate room between sites and the campground was quiet. We were in site D6 which was close to the bathrooms. Internet was accessible but was very slow during peak times. I accessed internet in the mornings and had no major problems. Limited cable stations but adequate. Staff was friendly and efficient. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We've stayed here several times. Of the four or more campgrounds in and around Carlsbad, this is the most acceptable. The park and facilities are clean. The sites are gravel but very level with good power and water. The park is well outside Carlsbad (about 15 miles or so) and twice that far or more to the Carlsbad Caverns. The price is high for what we got. The wi-fi was marginal, and we lost connection frequently. For 45 dollars per night we expect more variety and selections on the cable. But, in past years, we have stayed at two of the other campgrounds, and they are not competition for this KOA. Keep in mind this area and many others in New Mexico are subjected to very high winds and epic dust storms which can ruin your campsite and awnings. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice staff. Nightly Bar B Q was offered and it was delicious. Campground was full. Only drawback there is no shade. All campsites are pull through. Would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lets start with the things we liked as a family. The staff was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were the cleanest we've ever seen at an campground. The kitchen was spotless, we ate there twice as we felt really good with how clean it was. They had long dogs walk areas, with two large fenced in areas. The pool was nice,along with the store. We like that it was in a central location to the a lot of attractions, but can understand that some just wanted to be close to the caverns, which can take up to an hour to get to from the campground. We didn't like that you had to be careful whenever you came inside your trailer as you had to check for these little thorns (they look like tacks), if you or the dogs step on them they can be painful. Also the state had an burning ban in effect on the area, but many campers had fires going with really gusty wind, was a lack of judgment on the campers, and no enforcement on the campground's part. Overall we like this park, but we came here expecting to get out the chairs and have a nice relaxing time. This is not a campground that you can do that type of camping at. With the wind blowing constantly between morning and night, you can't be outside. Also I feel the price is way to high for the park. We stayed eight nights and payed $380 with $40 tax(ouch on such a high tax). That is with 3 adults and 2 kids. Without the one free night the cost is over $60 a night to camp, I agree with the others the price is too high. We would stay here again but only to to see the local attractions, and not a place to relax and unwind in. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Carlsbad KOA is a very well run campground and maintained impeccably by a friendly staff. The BBQ dinners are a must during your stay. We enjoyed ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sausages that were all excellent. Be warned the twice baked potato is one of those frozen microwave jobs without the skin of a real potato. Otherwise, very convenient and delicious dinner. We enjoyed the pool and the dog park, but did not spend much time outside otherwise and it was very windy, dry and hot during our stay. The majority of the park is inhabited with full-time oil workers and their families. They get up very early for work, otherwise, they keep to themselves. Wi-Fi was okay. The park was filled with cute little ground squirrels and rabbits, but we were warned that these cute little critters chewed multiple holes in our sewer hose. The cavern's were about 45 minutes from the campground and were the highlight of our stay in the Carlsbad area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I'm not a KOA member so my rate is higher, and it is Memorial Day weekend. Widely spaced sites, plenty of room for any large rig. We had tow vehicle trouble and had to stay an extra night. The park staff was very understanding and helpful. This is a large park. It is about 10 miles out of town. Quiet, no traffic noise. WI-FI was very weak at my sight which wasn't that far from the office. Expensive but a nice park in the desert. Cell service is also very weak. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stay here occasionally when visiting family in Carlsbad. This visit was fine, but the pool wasn't open yet (air temps near 90), and we were disappointed. The hot tub was nice, but it was only open from 3 pm to 6 pm. How odd is that? The site was OK, voltage OK, and internet was OK, the gravel roads dusty. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Restrooms/Showers deserve an 11! Yes -- you will be an extra 15 miles north of Carlsbad, but you'll be glad you made this choice! We visited our friends at the RV park smack downtown (we won't name it here), and they had no space, no grass, no room to sit outside. We had it all at the Carlsbad KOA, plus bird sounds, in a peaceful setting next to a grove of pecan trees. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A great park. I avoid KOA’s. They generally are expensive, with narrow sites and rude staff. This park is the exception! The park is located 10 miles north of Carlsbad in the New Mexico high desert and is very quiet. The access to the park is easy and well marked. The staff were among the friendliest we have met. The facilities are excellent, well maintained and complete. The gravel sites are spacious and the staff park you well away from neighbors, if possible. All facilities worked properly and the wide sites gave you plenty of room for slide outs and the picnic table at each site. The hot tub was a delight. The free Wi-Fi worked well. If you enjoy begin away from the lights, noise and congestion of the city, this is the place. The night sky is so clear you can see the Aliens landing at nearby Roswell well-maybe. Lots of space to exercise your pet. Out Corgi enjoyed the tunnels, space and grass. We came for two days and stayed a week, and we hope to return. Other KOA,s would be well advised to take lessons from the folks here! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I chose to stay at this RV park because the reviews for White's City were very mixed. I did see White's City after I had already spent the first night at the KOA, and I feel like White's would have been adequate. The KOA RV park has great facilities and a small gift shop & RV supplies. Seasonal swimming pool and a hot tub for adults only open in evenings. Nice owners. They serve dinner meals as well. They seem to have considered a lot when designing this park. There are 2 fenced in dog run areas. Very well thought out and immaculately clean. There are 2 negatives though. The park is a long ways away from Carlsbad caverns or anywhere else. this KOA park offers much more in an RV park than I would need unless I was going to stay at that RV park for an extended period of time. The park is way out in the middle of nowhere. There are 2 other RV parks in Carlsbad that I saw while driving through town, but they are not listed on this RV reviews website. Normally I wouldn't complain about the location except that the KOA place was expensive; $48.95 per night for myself and 2 kids with a 10% Cruise America discount. The owners have considered designing the KOA as if it could be a place to stop and rest for a few days, but at those prices who could afford to? I will not be back to this KOA and will consider White's City on my next RV trip through the area. I will gas up before I go though, because White's jacks up their prices compared to the town of Carlsbad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the best KOA we have stayed at. Sites are flat, level, gravel sites with lawn on each side. Each site has two sewer connections, a picnic table and fire pit. My pull through site was approximately 85 feet long by 21 feet wide. Roads are wide and there is lots of room to maneuver. This KOA also offers dinners, hot sandwiches, every night between 1700 and 1930 hours. The staff was fantastic; going out of there way to be helpful. Two things people should be aware of that are outside the KOA's control. At the park it was either windy or there was a strong odor of natural gas coming from the wells around Artesia. A fantastic park if there is a light breeze. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I've stayed at probably a 100 campgrounds, and this is one of the best. Fairly new. Big rig friendly with pull-throughs. Good Wi-Fi and cable. Great staff. pet friendly. Would highly recommend it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I stayed here for 3 days. Campground elevation is 3,332 feet. Maneuvering my 40 footer towing a dinghy in the park was no problem. Roads & sites are gravel and the patio is a mixture of dirt & dead grass. Pull through sites hold a 40 foot motorhome towing. My site, D02, offered 30/50 amp service & full hookups. WIFI and cable were included in the daily rate. I was able to receive AT&T Wireless 3G Internet & Cellular service. I received Dish Network 110/119 Satellite TV from dish on roof of motorhome. The campground is pet friendly. Walmart is 20 miles away and a grocery is 8 miles away. The laundromat was nice and very clean. I am unable to comment on other amenities due to not using them. This KOA is very open with great site spacing and wide roads. Staff is friendly and helpful. The few trees there will not interfere with satellite reception. I would return here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only our second stay at a KOA. This is a very nice campground with very nice bathrooms and showers. Best I have ever seen!! A little pricey for me but this is a nice place. Sites are all pull through and plenty large enough for all your slides and awning. We would stay here again!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My husband and I were so impressed with this RV park. After a long day of travel we pulled into this wonderful KOA park. We were greeted with friendly and helpful staff who escorted us to our deluxe patio site. The park is located between Carlsbad and Artesia right off Hwy 285. The park was clean and very well maintained. What was even nicer was after a long day of travel we did not even have to cook. A delicious BBQ meal was delivered right to our door. The Wi-FI was excellent. Only stayed one night, but we will return for a longer stay. Great KOA! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very rare KOA. This one does know mean "keep on going". Staff wonderful. Grounds nicely landscaped, clean. Bathrooms spotless. Roads very wide. Sites wide and long. Dinner delivered to your RV is very good; nice selection of food. Key lime pie great. Only complaint is the gravel and dust, dust, dust. If traveling Hwy. 285 through NM again, would definitely stay here. Highly recommend it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first experience with our new RV and it was the best. The staff was more than friendly, they were helpful and willing. They even stayed late to help us hook up for the first time. Breakfast was great and served with a smile. The pool was refreshing in the desert heat and very clean. The bathrooms were clean and big. We don't live far from the site but will use it often to practice our new hobby and just for a "stay cation" with the kids because it was so delightful. The only complaint I have is that since this was our first RV camp experience, all other campgrounds now have a very high standard to live up to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great pull throughs, restrooms, showers. We were on our way from Santa Fe down to Interstate 10. Only wished I had an additional day to spare. Pools and children's playground and overall campground looked great...would come back if I was in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I loved this campground. The owners and other office staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The after hours procedure, attention to detail and personalized service were just perfect. Our name was on the 'welcome' board when we arrived. The camp ground itself was very spacious and the sites are paved and generous. We had a pull through site. The bath house in the main building (24 hr access, key coded) was absolutely beautiful: full supplies, large, clean, huge showers. There is another bath house with individual bathrooms and shower rooms with an inside hallway, which was very nice as well. We were not there on a Sat. or Sun. a.m. to enjoy the (paid) breakfast in the main room of the office building, but there was a Bar-B-Que (pulled pork sandwich) dinner each evening. Office also included a large supply and gift store and a 'lounge' area with a large screen t.v. and it was open until 8 p.m. The swimming pool is plenty big, refreshing and aesthetically pleasing (privacy fence, shaded seating area). This is the place to stay to go to the Carlsbad Cavern National Park. It is not quite an hour north of the caverns and about 20 min. north of the town of Carlsbad. It is also about the same distance south of the town of Artesia. Both towns have good restaurants and the people in the office can give recommendations and directions. NOTE: (at least for Summer 2011) - The National Park Service has changed some of the hours for touring the caverns. The "Big Room" closes at 4:00p.m. for the day instead of 5:00p.m., meaning the last ticket/elevator down is 4:00p.m. on the dot, although the visitor center remains open until 7:00p.m. You have to stick around until 8:00 p.m. to see the infamous flight of the bats leaving the caves for the night. The fact that the Carlsbad KOA exists is reason enough to visit the far south east corner of New Mexico. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Extremely friendly staff; very clean facilities, particularly the bathrooms and showers; nice recreational facilities (pool, game room, etc.) and camp store. No black-water dump station; sewer hook-ups at the campsites (no use to us with cassette toilets), but no prohibition against dumping the cassettes in the bathroom. The RV sites are gravel pull-throughs (even for those with pop-up trailers). We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Great park north of Carlsbad, within driving range of the Carlsbad Caverns. All pull-through sites, but all gravel roads, and level. Decent pool, hot tub, basketball court, and playground. Pets welcome. Friendly staff, good camp store stocked with supplies. (Even will bring BBQ dinner to your door.) Recommend going to the Caverns. Amazing sight, and eating at restaurant in Carlsbad: several to choose from. Carlsbad has Walmart, Albertsons, etc. Carlsbad has road construction: take truck bypass #524, back to Rd #285 North. Would stay again. Big Rig friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a positive experience. The staff was friendly and we were escorted to our site. They were gave us information the sites to see in the area. They delivered BBQ dinner to our site at the time we requested. Breakfast in the cafe was good. What a nice service! The sites were wide, long, gravel and level. We didn't even put down the jacks. The restrooms and laundry room were clean. This park is pet and kid friendly. There were bike rentals and other amenities, and some sort of entertainment daily. The camp store was pretty well stocked. Wireless worked well. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A rear jack collapsed on my 5th wheel when just 8 miles away from the campground and it was almost melted to the asphalt. Gentleman from this campground was with me in 15 minutes, removed the jack and then followed me back to the site. If he had not have done that I would have had to wait for a repair center to have come out via Coachnet: and paid a $50 deductible! The staff on site are very helpful and friendly and do a great job. The site is immaculate and although easily accessible, the site is well away from the road so the only noise is from other RV'ers and critters! The pool and hot tub are lovely and they even have a mini restaurant if you want a lazy night being catered for: and they deliver to your site too! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Excellent location on the right side of town for visiting the caverns. Level, gravel campground (no grass & dusty) with small trees between the sites. We had a full hook-up site with good water pressure. Staff is friendly and helpful. There is a laundry, small store, and game room by the office. Also, there is a heated indoor pool which we did not use. We were able to use Passport America for 50% discount two nights & Escapees for 15% discount the remaining two nights. Definitely recommend this campground for visiting Carlsbad Caverns. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This KOA is a bit pricey but the staff is friendly and facilities are nice and clean. It's not too far from Carlsbad Caverns and the city of Carlsbad had everything we needed. The gravel sites were long and level but there was very little shade. Next time in the area we'd like to try the nearby state park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very friendly and helpful staff. They have someone lead you to your site which is nice. Sites were level and gravel. Some have swings and all have a fire pit or cooking pit which was nice to be able to BBQ steaks. They have a nice restaurant featuring BBQ. They also have a store that has some of the essentials. It is located out of town so you drive back in to visit the Caverns and then the other way to go to Roswell and the UFO Museum. Ate lunch in Roswell at The Cattle Baron and the salad buffet was exceptional. We would recommend this to others and will stay here again when we pass through. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is one of the nicer KOA campgrounds we have visited. The staff was very friendly. The pool was icy, but it is March. The Wi-Fi was a little slow, but stable. Very nice bathrooms and showers. It was so quiet the night we stayed, that the only sound to disturb my sleep was a pair of coyotes yipping off in the distance. In the morning, the winds died down and the smell of the sewage tank was heavy in the air. The campground is about an hour from the Caverns. The restaurant does deliver to your camper doorstep, which is kind of fun. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second stay at the Carlsbad KOA. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They escort you to your campsite. You can order Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they will deliver it to your site if you so desire. This campground is 14 miles north of the City of Carlsbad but well worth the extra drive to go to the Caverns or town. All of the pull thru sites are gravel but level and well maintained. We paid extra to have one of the upgraded sites that offer a paved patio and swing. For anyone who is going to Carlsbad this is the place to stay! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The location of the park is not that convenient if you are south of Carlsbad and want to visit Guadalupe NP or Carlsbad Caverns NP, and it is in a very exposed area...nothing to break the wind or the sun...but it was a very well-maintained CG and the reception was very friendly. We were offered a BBQ pork sandwich, potato salad, and pinto beans supper for $5.50 delivered to our site...very good! Wi-Fi and cable worked well. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As is typical of all KOA's, this was a great park. Very clean and neat as a pin. Sites were long and plenty wide. Had a great dog park and the spa was clean, hot and beautiful. Folks were friendly and helpful. If in the area, this is the best park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here to visit the Caverns. After one night and one trip, we found this park to be approximately 50+ minutes to the caverns. It's located out in the middle of a very rural area 20 miles North of town. It was much like a parking lot with no character. Typical overpriced KOA operation with a lot of rules and nickel/dime attitude. They wanted to charge us a visitors fee for our friends to stop by for lunch. There was often a smell of natural gas in the air and the water was very harsh to the point that it left mineral deposits on our fixtures. We planned to stay for 3 days but thankfully we only paid for one and left after one night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We chose this park because of the excellent ratings; however, we just do understand why it is rated so high. This park is basically a large, gravel parking lot. There is a smattering of grass and some small trees. The showers and bathrooms are very nice and the sites are very large. However, the park is located 15 miles from town and an hour from Carlsbad Caverns. We just don't feel this park has enough appeal to stay here again and would choose to stay at a park in Carlsbad next time. There is nothing out here except quiet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very helpful and friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble to make our stay comfortable, and attention to detail and Staff very hard working. Pull-thrus very spacious and services good, although cable TV not brilliant. Wifi good. Expensive, but for a KOA it is a good park and would use again. Would give this park a 10 but the location was a bit of away from Carlsbad Town itself and even further from the Caverns. One negative point - the driers in the Laundry were not efficient - our laundry was still wet after 45 mins. We camped here for 3 nights in our 38ft 5th wheel trailer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We LOVED this park and the KOA team was friendly, helpful and good natured. We stayed only one night, just passing through, and found it a bit out of town, but it has a well stocked store, will deliver food (good food too) to your campsite, including traditional bbq and it even has wind power onsite. How cool! Doggie areas with doggie playground equipment (no kidding). We did not see all of the park and it was not super busy, but busy enough, when we stayed here, but it looked extremely well kept and maintained. What a truly nice park. We had a flat tire on our travel trailer due to trailer brake issues the next morning and everyone was very interested in getting us someone out to get the tire off (not the right equipment onsite) and get us on our way. We appreciated it a great deal. Especially one particular KOA workamper was a very nice guy! IF he is representative of most KOA workers, we will always go to KOA parks! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in this KOA for 3 nights and were very satisfied. Owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. It's an hour's drive to Carlsbad Caverns from this park, but we felt like it was worth it to stay here. Their pool and spa was very clean as well as the showers and restrooms. The sites were gravel, but there wasn't much dust. We would definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed at this very nice park for 8 days. Has level gravel sites, and the people here are very nice and lots of help. They have a dinners every night and breakfast on the weekends. It is a ways from town but very nice and quiet. The price of ice is high we thought, at almost $3.00 a bag so if your making margaritas bring your own ice. The pool and spa are very clean and the bath rooms are just too much: very very clean. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We truly enjoyed this KOA for the week we stayed. Initially, we had planned to stay for only 5 nights but because we liked the park, we requested to stay 2 additional nights. They accommodated us so we didn’t have to change site. The park has long and level gravel sites; gravel roads; basic cable TV; 50 amp; pool. The staff is very friendly and answered all our questions. They always asked if they could be of further assistance. Laundry room is very clean; washers are $1.50 and dryers $0.25 for 8 minutes. The Park has a minimum of 25-30 check-ins daily. We visited Guadalupe Mountains NP, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Sitting Bull Falls and other attractions during our stay. Even though it’s about 90 minutes to Guadalupe NP and 50 minutes to Carlsbad Caverns NP, we thought it was worth the drive to get the amenities that come with this Park. Their Wi-Fi worked faster than our Verizon wireless card. Our Verizon cell phone worked fine. They have breakfast, BBQ meals, sandwiches, and pizza on site. Prices are reasonable and they will deliver meals to your site. The negatives are that they only have basic cable TV and there are no shade trees. With temperatures in the low 100s, our ACs ran 24/7. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice campground with modern, clean and well maintained facilities, including two good-sized fenced dog parks that are irrigated to sustain a nice carpet of grass. The park is covered with crushed concrete/gravel so there is only minimal dust - this is a real bonus in any desert-located RV park. The only thing that could have been better was the WiFi service: it was up, it was down, it was up, it was down, and so on. Even when the service was up, the upload bandwidth was throttled so we were unable to upload photos to Shutterfly. All that said, this issue would NOT stop me from staying here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We generally avoid KOA's because they are not a good value for a couple traveling with no children. However, this one appeared to be the best choice in the area. Sites are wide and long, very big rig friendly. Everything is in good condition. No permanent sites or junk. Probably the nicest KOA we have ever seen. However, $41 is very high for what you get, check-in is painfully slow as they try to sell you site upgrades, dinner delivered to you site, etc. Water is the hardest we have ever encountered. Don't fill your fresh water tank with this stuff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Remote, but the nicest full hook up campground in the area by far, so it was worth the drive IMO (about 50 minutes to the caverns). Close to Lake Brantley. Very well maintained, large pull thrus, more space between sites than most private campgrounds. No shade, but hey it's the desert. Can be very windy in the spring. Would definitely stay here again when visiting the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is remote so you definitely do not have to be concerned about noises keeping you awake at night. It was very windy when we were here (40-50 mph) and thus we were inside our trailer more than we like. The facilities are very nice and the barbeque they serve is very tasty. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Has a nice grassy area in the fenced dog park. We would stay here again and recommend this park to others. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very, very nice park with resident owners and helpful work kampers. Sites are gravel, level pull-thru. We were taken to our site and the water hookup was disinfected for us. Park offers dinners of smoked brisket or ribs and can be delivered to you site. Breakfast is available on weekends. We could not have been treated better. We look forward to our next visit to this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nicer KOA than any we have stayed in. The park is exceptionally clean and well cared for. The staff are excellent, and concerned that you have a good experience here. There are many day trips available, especially Sitting Bull Falls and Carlsbad Caverns. They have an on-site BBQ and will deliver a meal to your site!! Spring and summer weekends offer pancake breakfast in the office. Remember though, this is high desert and you could have wind and, then again, maybe not! It is sunny and comfortable here, and we would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Agree this is a very nice campground: the best KOA we've been in. It is one of the best maintained parks we have seen lately. It was a pleasure to see vacationing people rather than have the park filled with people living here year round. Every person working here was friendly and went out of their way to help. We didn't have any smells as mentioned above and had our windows open for 3 of the 4 days we stayed here. The BBQ rib dinner that was delivered to our site was on the expensive side for what you got, but it was tasty. The laundry room is large and immaculate. We originally had planned to stay for 2 nights but ended up staying 4 nights. It is located halfway between Artesia and Carlsbad which is about a 20 minute drive either direction. To Carlsbad Caverns it took about 50 minutes, and to Sitting Bull Falls around 1 hour but we were aware of this and for us the drive was enjoyable rather than a problem. If in this area again we would stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful KOA built in 2000, with wide gravel roads and sites, nice grassy space between sites, a terrific clubhouse and delicious nightly bbq made on-site by the owners. If we could only move it out of the area. We have never experienced such hard and mineral laden water. The minerals deposited on our dishes, sinks and shower and actually ruined our water distiller. Also, the smell of natural gas was prevalent daily due to the thermal inversions and oilfield gassing. It was hard to rate this campground because the problems we had were in no way the fault of the resort. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We agree with all the great reviews of this place! Two main points for us: the small, but very nice fenced dog park (which our 2 kitties enjoyed very much as well) and a very nice bathroom/shower facilities which we rarely use in campgrounds but had to this time since our water connection froze overnight! Also have to give the Carlsbad Medical Center a plug. One of our poor kitties accidentally (the other kitty did it) got her paw rolled up in our truck window, freaked out, and bit my finger when I stupidly tried to calm her (we got the window down, and she's just fine). Infection ensued, and I needed antibiotics. The ER was the only thing open on a late Saturday afternoon. It took a few hours as they were busy, but they got the job done and were very friendly! We camped here in a Motorhome.
I normally don't stay at KOA campgrounds as they are not the type of campground I prefer but this is the nicest KOA campground that I have stayed at. The other campgrounds in the area were cramped or didn't look very nice. Staff was very friendly and they escorted you to your site and made sure you were pulled in correctly. Everything was clean and neat. Roads and sites are gravel with a grass area. Enough space between sites so you shouldn't feel cramped. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Cable TV worked well and had about 10 channels. Few trees but this is a desert area. Had a good Wi-Fi signal at my site but the connection would drop often. Verizon cell and data connection was good. Two nice fenced areas for dogs. Nice laundry room with large dryers that worked really well. You can order dinners at the office and they will deliver it to your site. Downsides are it is about 45 minutes to the caverns and the Wi-Fi dropping out. I stayed here 2 nights and would stay here again We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice campground. It was clean, spacious and big rig friendly. The bath house was clean and really nice. It is quite a drive to the caverns, but this park seemed nicer than the closer campgrounds. Also, it is convenient to Artesia and Roswell. The dog runs have grass and are really nice. It was very windy here, but quiet. There is a room you can use with recliners, big screen TV, Wii, puzzles, etc. The workampers here are very friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This KOA is only 8 years old, so in great condition, and well run. The owners live on site, and are hands on. The only bad thing I can say about it is the water is unusable, bring bottled water with you. Even our water softener and filter couldn't improve the taste and hardness. Everything else is great. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The only downside to this park is the distance from town. The sites are nicely spaced - grass between the sites - there is a tree at most sites, but they are too small to provide shade. This park is much roomier that the average KOA. Our site is absolutely level. The park is far enough off highway that there is no noise. Cable and wi-fi work well. There is a restaurant on-site that will deliver dinner, and breakfast is available on the weekends in the community room - prices are reasonable. We will definitely choose this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Everything about this place is immaculate. It is well run and well maintained. It has great staff and a cute pet run. There are spotless bathrooms and laundry. BBQ food can be delivered to your RV, it was good too. There is loads of space for your RV. The only slight negative is that it is 18 miles into Carlsbad for restaurants. Apart from that minor detail, this place rates a 10. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great KOA. We had the dinner delivered to the site and it was great. They have two large dog runs with grass, best we've seen in 2 months of traveling. The pool and hot tub were great and these were the cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen. We would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It is a great place for overnight! I have stayed here twice and every time the staff is friendly and everything is clean. It is out in the middle of nowhere, but a great stopping place. I would consider staying here to check out the sights in the area. There were plenty of cotton tails and road runners this time. My aunt actually thought she would be able to feed one of the road runners. We never had one get that close. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice park. We upgraded to a site with a patio, so the extra expense. It is 17 miles from town and then another 20 to the caverns. The staff was very helpful. We ordered pizza and they delivered on time right to our site. TV and Wi-Fi worked well. Would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were very pleased: this campground is extremely clean, the sites are well maintained, and there is a nice area to let your dog off leash. We would stay here again. Biggest drawback is the campground is far from the caverns, so if you want to see the caverns plan ahead since hours are limited and it is at least a one hour trip to get there. Very friendly staff, and the food was excellent. Highly recommend this campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was the best of the KOA's that we've stayed at. Clean, well manicured and well taken care of. Staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed 2 nights and were impressed with this park. The only thing that kept it from being a 10 was the lack of shade. But the trees are growing! We saw roadrunners, rabbits, and quail. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice desert camp ground and demonstrates that desert camp grounds don’t have to be stark. Road runners, desert rabbits and other wildlife share the park. It’s a bit of a drive to Carlsbad Caverns but the quality of the park makes up for the extra minutes. In addition if you want to see Roswell it’s closer than staying close to the park. A number of other attractions are within convenient driving distance. We would definitely return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very clean and quiet. Had a playground for dogs! We saw rabbits, road runners and various birds in the park day and night! Served breakfast two days a week. Breakfast was good and at a fair price. Very convienient! Staff was friendly. Bathouse was unbelievable! Large, seperate rooms with a toilet and shower! Very clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground provided a very pleasant base for exploring the Carlsbad area. The desk personnel were helpful and friendly. This is a very professionally run campground as evidenced by the little things such as sanitizing the water faucet as you enter the site. Sites were adequate size and level. On site restaurant specializing in barbecue was very welcome after a day of exploring the area. As others have said, this campground is not in Carlsbad and is some distance from the caverns but it is workable if you plan to spend a couple nights to provide a full day to go to the national park. One minor drawback is a somewhat objectionable odor coming from the nearby oil wells. This can't be helped and the same would be true of any place you stay in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Yes, this campground is a drive from Carlsbad Caverns, we actually checked a map before making the reservation and we're so glad that we stayed here. Sites were spacious compared to typical KOAs. The campground is north of Carlsbad, so it's very quiet at night. It's right next to Brantley Lake and lots of our fellow campers were also towing boats or other watercraft. The drive to Carlsbad Caverns is easy, and we made sure to visit The Living Desert too. There is so much to see and do in this area. The campground hosts and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The bathrooms are immaculate, they deliver fairly good BBQ right to your camp site, and the breakfasts on the weekends are very good too. $3.95 for all you can eat pancakes is hard to beat! Since it was rainy most of the weekend we were able to have an actual campfire at the site, something we have not been able to do in four years of New Mexico camping due to fire restrictions. We probably could have found less expensive accommodations, but for family pop-up camping, this was terrific and we'll definitely stay here again if we're in this area of NM again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
What an amazing stay. We were here seven days due to some problems with our tow vehicle and before long we felt we were "Home". The owners are wonderful. They make their campground a place you want to visit over and over. Don't miss breakfast on the weekends and definitely order the local pizza. Delicious! We are originally from NY and it definitely got our approval. As far as sight seeing, don't miss the caverns. If you are interested in seeing the bats go later in the afternoon like around 4:00PM so you can do both. Sitting Bull Falls was very spiritual and the Living Desert was OK although the Apache ceremonies was a winner all the way. The campground is quiet at night - the laundry facilities were the only thing lacking. The dryers need help; they don't dry as quickly as they should. There are a lot of little bunnies running all over the place. We will definitely recommend this campground to everyone. Above all we will be back!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
You couldn't get more big rig friendly - long gravel sites with plenty of width. Two fenced dog parks in great condition and really nice bath houses. The laundry facility was very clean and large. On-site BBQ and breakfast was good and moderately priced. Being at least 15 miles from grocers, it was nice to have the option of purchasing meals. Wi-Fi was fine. We object to KOA charging extra for the kids, but limiting their participation in recreation activities. They were prohibited from using the hot tub and the swimming pool was icy in spite of being promoted as solar heated with extremely limited hours for use. We tried to ride our bikes, but the large gravel used for pavement made it really tough. We did enjoy the quiet and watching the many rabbits and roadrunners around the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of my all time favorite campgrounds. Very nice scenery. Very clean. Very well run. Friendly staff. Food available if you are too tired to cook. Nice store at the office. Nicely landscaped. Level lots. Pet friendly with 2 separate enclosed dog areas. Well worth stopping at this campground if you are in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Yes this KOA is in the middle of nowhere but no big deal. The campground is clean the people are friendly. The fenced in dog yard has enough room for my 3 dogs to get a little exercise. Will stay here again if in this area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
All facilities good as previous review, very clean, staff friendly. Huge park with large very easy pull thrus but this does make it a little characterless. It is worth repeating that the location is really in the middle of no-where, many interesting places in all directions but they are all a long way! All this said we have a very pleasant Christmas morning here before heading east in the most astonishing wind. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We booked reservations for this site based on the name "Carlsbad KOA" because that was the area we wanted to be for hiking and such. I asked the campground if they were close and they stated "just down the road"; very close. We drove and drove. After 30 minutes, we called them back to check directions and found we still had several more miles to go even further from Carlsbad. So we called to cancel due to it being FAR. They refused to give us a refund. Perhaps it is a great site, but it is just not "in Carlsbad" or even close by our standards. Plus it was very pricey for the area. We did not stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only problems with this RV park: 1. The park is not in Carlsbad NM. It is 18 miles north of Carlsbad NM. 2. The park is 39 miles from Carlsbad Caverns. The following is the e-mail I sent to KOA. "Your web site gave the location as 16.91 miles from Carlsbad. This didn't sound too bad, but I was thinking that the campground was that far away from Carlsbad Caverns. The actual distance from the campground to the city of Carlsbad is actually 18 miles or a round trip of 36 miles every time we went to the city of Carlsbad to do any sightseeing. That equates to $7.00 worth of gas spent every time we went to town. We were in the area three days and planned our trips to sight see to minimize the trips to town. The distance to Carlsbad Caverns from the campground is 39 miles. Our next stop on our trip was Gallup NM. Thus we had to make a round trip of 78 miles to go to Carlsbad Caverns and backtrack past the campground to head north on Highway 285 to go to I-40 and go on to Gallup. We burned an additional $25.00 for gasoline. Since we paid $66.00 a night for the Kabin, we could have gone to a motel and it would have cost us less and we would have been closer to the Caverns and other places of interest in Carlsbad. If you are going to call this Carlsbad KOA, you should clearly warn people how far away they are staying from the major attraction in the area." We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
A pricey but very nice campground. The staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and provided and escort to your site where they also sanitized the water hookup. We loved the pool and hot tub and the restroom and showers were very clean. The free Wi-Fi worked perfectly. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Absolutely great campground - clean, grass areas, Camp sites all level, great pet area, great pool, they have a kitchen and serve meals delivered to your campsite. Best campground within 30 minutes of Carlsbad Caverns. Large, friendly staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great, great great! If you're coming to Carlsbad, this is the place. The staff here is first rate. Very helpful. Escort to site. Terrific BBQ delivered to your site. Nice pool area. Quiet nights. The only down-side is its proximity to Carlsbad Caverns. It is located about 1 hour north of the caverns but not much else in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a good park, but there are a couple of drawbacks. There is no shade at this park (I realize that this is southern New Mexico, but a little shade would be nice). If you're planning on staying here on your visit to Carlsbad Caverns, you need to be aware that this campground is over an hours' drive from there. I would not stay here if my only reason for coming was to visit the caverns. There are other RV Parks that may not be as nice but are much closer. The WiFi connection was also very poor (actually, it didn't work at all). We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate includes KOA member discount. We stayed for one night on the way to Carlsbad Caverns. There was very little shade, but the sites were gravel and level. After a few days in the desert heat, we really enjoyed the nice pool. The restrooms/showers were new and very nice. They offer breakfast and BBQ dinner (for extra fee) delivered to your site. Planting some trees for shade would really improve the place. Overall, a typical, nice KOA experience. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was, by far, the best campground we have ever visited. My wife and I were in the Artesia area visiting family and had a reservation at the Carlsbad KOA for the following weekend. We drove out to sneak a peek at the place and were discouraged. It literally is in the middle of nowhere, but this later turned out to be a blessing. The staff were extremely friendly when we checked in and led us to our site. After we set up, we visited the pool. This was the cleanest RV park pool we've ever seen. We enjoyed it for hours! Later in the evening my wife and I retired to the hot tub for a glass of wine. The folks at the Carlsbad KOA were wise enough to restrict those under the age of 18 from the hot tub area! The bathrooms were amazingly clean. If I didn't know better, I'd swear they had a 24 hour attendant monitoring and cleaning them! The campground is an hour's drive from the caverns, but is WELL WORTH IT! The only reason they didn't get a 10 rating is that there is only one place to dump your trash and that's at the entrance. A more convenient method of disposing of garbage would have made this place a perfect 10. Thank you Carlsbad KOA for making our summer vacation so much fun! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Staff was very friendly. Campground was clean, but the sites are rock, so my rig and toad got covered with a white rock dust. They also charge for additional (children) people @ $3.00 each. I recommend this KOA. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent restrooms,some of the best we have seen! Overall, nice campground with very level sites. Not many trees, so shade is very limited. This campground is 16 miles north of Carlsbad, and the caverns are 30 miles south of town, so be advised that it will be a long drive to the caverns. Also, pool was small for the number of campers present. We left the pool area due to numerous unruly unsupervised teens. However, we still enjoyed our time here, and would recommend it for short or overnight visits. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Everything is really clean. People are very friendly and helpful. Long pull through sites. Only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because of the smell from the oil field which is nearby. Would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is nicely laid out, extremely quiet, and very clean, with friendly staff (despite the Memorial Day weekend crowds). Bathrooms were clean. Kids loved the roadrunners and rabbits that wander the grounds. Pool was far too small for a park this size; although the listed capacity was 22 people, there always were far more in the pool (could be dangerous for small children). Wi-fi connection was non-existent at our site. Be forewarned that the campground is well north of Carlsbad but that many mapping software programs still list it at the old location in the city itself. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Extremely nice park - clean and neat! It's about 15 minutes from Carlsbad itself, and about an hour from the Caverns. The staff was friendly, and the nice laundry area was appreciated. Wi-Fi worked just fine. It was extremely windy while we were there, damaging our vent cover and slide toppers, so keep an eye on the weather. Local attractions we'd recommend are the Living Desert State Park, and the Fiesta Drive-In Theater. We will definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice and quiet park. The sites are all large gravel pull throughs and are level. The bath/showers are spotless. The workers are extremely nice and helpful. The only negative is that this park is about 15-20 minutes from town and quite a bit further from the caverns. So, be sure that you have all groceries and supplies before arriving. We'll definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We really liked it. The greatest drawback to this park is it's fairly far out of town. The people are super friendly, recommending tours and attractions to see. The washrooms are cleaner than my own and the place is very nicely kept. There are 2 off leash dog areas which our guy really liked. They offer reasonably priced BBQ style food most nights and breakfasts on the weekends- great waffles! For the kids they get out the old fire engine and pile all the kids in the camp on it, touring around with the lights and sirens going- they seemed to have a blast. We would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great campground! You will pass a lot of RV Parks on the way to Carlsbad Caverns, but this one is worth the drive. It is the most spread out and spacious RV Park we have ever been in. It has a dog walk area and two off-leash dog parks. The playground was really great and the flat, open environment made bike riding fun. The manager brought us to the site on his Segway and they were all very friendly,informative and accommodating. We would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Signage to campground good. Large area to park and register. Office staff friendly and very efficient. Escort to site. Good access roads to large pull-thru sites in semi-desert location with expansive views. All sites are well set up, flat and large. The campground has good infrastructure including excellent dog runs. The new owners now allocate sites across the whole of the campground. A well maintained and run campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park. Large sites, nice amenities, pet friendly with good walking area just outside the park as well as a large fenced pet run inside, friendly staff, lots to do in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate includes charges for kids, pet, taxes, etc. What a wonderful campground! We visited Carlsbad for Thanksgiving this year and were very pleased with the park, the staff, and the owners. Joined about 75 for Thanksgiving potluck, and Scott, the owner, cooked two turkeys for the occassion. The only downside was the snowy weather, which was unexpected. The campground has good outdoor amenities, but activities are a bit limited during snow storms. It will be hot and unshaded in the summer, but very large level sites. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is beautiful, clean, and full of friendly people. Beyond the great hook-ups, unbelievably beautiful restrooms, and plenty of room to walk the dog, the wi-fi is strong, the hot tub pristine, and the staff beyond compare. They deliver dinner to the campers or serve it in the community room every night and breakfast on the weekends. And the food is actually great. This park is remote, but also central to a large number of things within a reasonable drive. Carlsbad Caverns is about 50 miles away,and Guadalupe Mountains National Park is about 75 miles away We've spent almost 3 weeks here and have not gotten bored. Should you make it this direction and long for some fantastic eats, check out the No Whiner Diner in Carlsbad and the Well Head in Artesia. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful park with huge, level sites and friendly people. Clean, well maintained, free and strong WiFi are all positives. The only negative about this park is the location about 15 miles north of Carlsbad. It is about an hour from the visitor center to Carlsbad Caverns and a long drive from any restaurants or stores. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place has to be one of the nicest in NM. The people were great. The place was clean and neat. The campsites were level. Everything was well taken care of. Too bad NM doesn't have a lot of trees because the only thing that was lacking was shade! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice pull through and with wide slips and landscaping and easy access in and out. The pool and hot tub were very inviting and clean. The staff was helpful with maps and suggestions on things to see. It’s a 35 minute drive one-way to the caverns and about 45 minute drive to Sitting Bull Falls. We would stay here gain. Rate posted is net after 10% Good Sam discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very clean park, owner was friendly and would stay here again if passing through. The women's restroom was fantastic, from what I heard. Stayed for one night then moved on to see the caverns. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice campground, one of the nicest ones I've been to. This is a newish park so their trees are still little. The park is clean and tidy; the bathrooms are immaculate and there is plenty of room in the handicapped shower for two persons. The heated pool was a bit cool, but I suspect it must be solar-heated; it was only about 80 degrees the day we were there. In the evening you will see bunnies come out to nibble.The staff is wonderful, including their huge Newfoundland Leo. They prepared a fabulous pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. Be sure to take a look at the Billy the Kid exhibit in the back hall. It's about 13 miles north of Carlsbad, which is great when you get ready to leave the next day to drive to Albuquerque--no traffic! The drive into town isn't bad. Be sure to check out the Fiesta Drive-in movie! We were able to take in the Living Desert SP and Carlsbad Caverns easily in one day, even staying for the bat flight in the evening. There is nothing about this park we didn't like and we'd stay there again in a minute. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not much in the way of scenery, but the park is located far enough from town to be very quiet and peaceful. Lots of amenities, very well kept, and the owners live on-site. Used the cable and wireless, both without problems. Attracts a nicer crowd of big rigs and RVs. Highly recommend. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We returned for yet another visit to this great KOA (and I don't even like KOAs!!!). That says something since we didn't have the RV on this trip so we tried a cabin. This park is excellent, and shows continuous improvement. It is one of the best parks we have ever stayed at. Much to our surprise the park has new owners as of the first of this year. Very very nice folks who are working super hard. I couldn't imagine how they could improve the place but they have. A couple of new deluxe cabins, more and better landscaping, evidence of fresh paint all over the place! We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
A very good park. The staff was very helpful and very friendly. Told us about the Living Desert Park which was well worth the visit and a highlight of our 7000 mile trek. Great hot tub. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice KOA. It is only 7 years old and shows it. The trees need a few more years to mature, so shade here is non existent at this time. The new owners just took over and are doing a great job. BBQ delivered to your site is a real bonus. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. The park is quite a drive from the caverns, but worth the trip. The kids loved riding on the firetruck. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate is with gold card discount, tax included. My rating of 9 says it all. Would have been a 10 if the pool had been open. It’s an hour away from both the Carlsbad Caverns and the Roswell UFO museum, which was perfect for our purposes. The immaculate tiled showers and restrooms were huge, as were the laundry facilities and the sites. Great cable, WIFI and scenery. We ordered the barbeque (chicken, beef brisket, pork ribs and sausage with (stuffed) twice-baked potatoes and it was delivered exactly when requested and very good, both taste and portion-wise. We would go significantly out of our way to stay here again if we ever return to the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice park with friendly staff. They went out of their way to tell us about local attractions. We were guided to our site by a staff member on a golf cart. Camp store/gift shop was very nice. Great BBQ dinners are available delivered right to your coach! Rabbits, quail and road runners abound throughout the sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although north of Carlsbad and fifty minutes from the Carlsbad Caverns this is a very good campground to stay at to explore the area. The signage to the campground was good. There was plenty of space to park in front of the office to register. The office staff were efficient and very friendly. All sites are pull-thus which are flat, wide and have the full hook-up services in the right position. Electricity was good, water pressure good but the water was very hard. There were two excellent dog walks. The campground was immaculate. There appeared to be a tendency for the office staff to allocate the sites nearer to the office and rest rooms first as there was no rest rooms at the far end of campground. New owners have just taken over the campground and seem to be maintaining the high standards already established. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the best campground we have ever stay in. The grounds are immaculate, the office staff go out of their way to make your stay the best. They have dinner available and will deliver it to your rig. We will definitely stay at this campground again when we are in this area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is one of the best campgrounds in which I have ever stayed. The sites were large, the restrooms and showers were superb, and the staff was great. They even delivered dinner to your motorhome and have a goldfish pond next to the hot tub. I will definitely go back and stay for a longer period of time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
All campgrounds in Carlsbad were booked or to small for us. Not this place. Mega pull thru sites and lots of room to get in and out with big rigs. They are 17 miles from Carlsbad. Their "Cable TV" has 15 channels. Very nice free Wi-Fi. Nice and quiet at night. We stayed here four nights. Only complaint is it's overpriced. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great huge sites. I was able to get a pull through site with enough room for my 40 footer, pulling a Ford Excursion, and I didn't have to unhook. They both fit in the spot! It had quite a bit of elbow room and I loved it. They also have 2 dog runs that are fenced in and clean. My dogs really enjoyed the ability to run around and play catch. The views of the mountains are beautiful, and the place is very family-friendly. No noise at all. I was able to jog around the park at night and it was a very safe and comfortable place. Also, as mentioned by previous postings, they offer BBQ delivered to your rig. I place my order and it showed up nice and hot, and was a great tasting BBQ and a great value considering the amount of meat and veggies included. I would absolutely recommend this place, as the staff is very nice and considerate. They even added notes, by hand, to local maps to help you find your way to the attractions (like Carlsbad Caverns). Top notch service. (I can't remember the rate I paid so I guessed $50 above). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although this is by far the nicest KOA we have stayed at I am unable to give it a very high rating. This was our third visit to this KOA. Each time we have found it to be very very well kept, neat as a pin and well maintained. The facilities are excellent, and the layout is as well. So you ask why not the highest rating well because regardless of how nice the park itself is you can’t make up for poor management. First off, $38 is a lot of money for any park that is not a “destination” park and a legitimate five star. Second, you can buy them books and send them to school but you can’t seem to make the learning sink in! Why, with well over 100 sites and under 30 guests do they have to jam everyone together? This seems to be a trend as the more distant sites are starting to have weeds growing out of the gravel from lack of use. Next, how about having cable TV that works for $38 a night! Maybe a little more water pressure would help as well. I may sound as though I am picking a bit, but we were very excited to return to this park and very let down once we arrived. It’s now off our list for good. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This appears to be a newer KOA and "out of the box". This is one of the better KOA's set up with wide, long, level pull-thru sites, in wide-open spaces w/young trees that didn't block our satellite signal. We had friends from another local park visit us and it was so great to have BBQ dinner served right to our site. We'd return again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very well kept KOA. Large flat spaces, lever with a little grass in each spot and picnic tables. If your AC doesn't work don't go here, by 11:00 it is close to 100 degrees and stays in the 100's until past 6:00 p.m. Swimming pool refreshing, Internet signal strong. My kids enjoyed watching all the road runners and cotton tails. Many pull through sites. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park. The best camp host I have ever encountered. They actually escorted me to our site, spent a few minutes with me then poured some bleach solution on the water faucet to sanitize. I've never seen this. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great park for the caverns area. North of Carlsbad but worth the trip to stay here. Friendly staff with cooked to order breakfast. Fire truck ride at dusk for the kids really made the stay. Wide sites with plenty of room. The only drawback is gravel roads and sites so could get dusty but this would not stop us from coming here again if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Large, level sites. Good laundry facilities. Friendly staff. BBQ dinners delivered to sites. No convenience or grocery stores within 20 miles. We camped here in a Motorhome.
From the moment you arrive this KOA is clearly nicer than most all others. The staff is warm and friendly and the grounds are impeccable. Plenty of amenities offered including free, lightning fast wi-fi. Especially nice is the dinner menu offered six nights per week. After a long day's journey it's a pleasure to have someone else cook and deliver your meal right to your site. The roads and sites are gravel and a bit dusty when the wind blows but overall this park is tops. If the roads and sites were paved I would rate this park a perfect 10. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Young trees provide little shade, and the reason for my rating but otherwise a great park in a quiet desert setting. Owners & staff were very friendly. Baths, showers, and grounds were spotless. Wide, level, packed gravel sites. Pet friendly with 2 fenced dog walks. Cartoon Network, pool, and playground for the kids. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here three weeks while exploring the southeast region of New Mexico. Overall this is an excellent campground with very well maintained facilities. Well stocked store. The sites are all wide pull-throughs and level with easy access to hookups. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a great surprise this KOA turned out to be! We limped in when our truck broke down and they were very helpful. Excellent park, very well maintained with ALL the amenities. Super friendly staff, great roads, sites, pool, landscaping (given that it IS the New Mexico desert they have made an extra effort here). Fenced in pet yards (two of them) and a huge pet walk area. They also have a good restaurant, and deliver to your RV! Wish we could have stayed longer than two days but we had to move on. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Carlsbad KOA campground is a jewel in the desert. It is absolutely the best campground I have stayed in. The staff and owners are incredible. The sites are large and level. The campground is meticulously maintained and the bathrooms are pristine. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for a few days while visiting the Carlsbad Caverns. This campground is very nice with large pull through sites and very nice owners. They have a "no refund" policy you should note so you might get a day or so initially and extend your stay as needed day to day. There is a good dog area also. One note is that if you are staying here to visit the Carlsbad Caverns that the park is not - not near the caverns. It is several miles on the north of Carlsbad city and the caverns are several miles to the south of the city. It is quite a drive to the caverns from this park and there are parks located in Carlsbad city that would be OK to use for the caverns tours. For the geographical location and gravel sites, I think the price is a little high, but the park is nice. There are no conveniences very closeby so buy your groceries before getting there. Side note: we found a Mexican restaurant named Cortez in Carlsbad city that was very good. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While this campground is quite aways outside Carlsbad, the wrong direction from Carlsbad Caverns, it is well worth the drive to stay there. Big, wide open sites. Very friendly and helpful staff, clean bathrooms. What more could you ask for? We highly recommend staying here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
One of the newest KOA's, this campground promises to be wonderful once the trees grow up. The store offers everything a camper might need, the restrooms and showers are beautifully decorated and immaculate, there's a unique tent corral, the many pull-thru sites are wide, and the cabins are comfortable and secure. The owners have added extra conveniences like flagstone surrounds around the fire pits and an exceptionally long dog walk area. The swimming pool wasn't open when we were there but the attractive hot tub was. This campground is located far enough away from the highway that you don't get any road noise. The only reason I gave this CG a 9 is because the trees are so small. I will definitely go back. We camped here in a .
I rated this higher than normal KOA's because they really try harder here. Upon our arrival they offered to deliver a BBQ meal to our site. I can't express how nice that is after a long days drive. They took the time to note on a map the various tourist options, even some I was not aware of prior to arrival. The location is North of Carlsbad but is very convenient for those touring this region with most tourist areas located within less that an hours drive. You are equidistant between Carlsbad and Artesia were you can find several dining choices, both Fast Food and those with local flair. You might get closer to the Caverns but I don't think you will find a nicer campground. Our stay was short but we are alreay planning to return to the area and will stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you can find a nicer KOA anywhere, I'll be shocked. This is a standout park, well designed, immaculately maintained, with congenial management, and top notch in every respect. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I,m a newby, this was my maiden voiage in my 25' Flair with Toad and a Mini-Van.
Reservation assistance was professional and informative. On arrival, I told the caretaker this my first time and would need help. He stopped what he was doing, escorted me to my site, and walked me through setting up all my connections, explaining "dos and don'ts". Without his help I may well have floundered. Very homey and family oriented. They serve a simple dinner for late arrivals between 5:30 and 7:30 PM. When I was served at 6:30 PM the cook told me to help myself to condiments in the refrigerator as it was a slow night and he was going home. The caretakers made this voyage a much more memorable one than expected. I would recommend this park to all novice and experienced alike. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 10 / 10 ]
This is a newer park and it shows. They are still adding cabins. Very level sites made from hard packed gravel (the norm in this area). It is half way between Carlsbad and Artesia (15 miles to each). We would stay here again! The location from town is the only draw back even though it's only a 15 minutes drive. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 10 / 10 ]
I usually reserve "10's" for Luxury RV Resorts, but will make an exception this time. The
best KOA I've stayed at on my long trip. Very open and big! Easiest "Big Rig" navigable park I've been in. Very friendly owners. They even sold us dinner which they delivered to our coach! Ribs and brisket - very good! This must be a new service some KOA's are trying out. Gravel roads and sites (did I mention big???). Nice lawns. Place is about 20 miles or so out of Carlsbad (north), so that is the only negative - however, if one is going to also visit Roswell, that's a plus! Paved road from Hwy 285 in. Stayed an extra night because it was so nice. Stayed here in Oct. '04 with 42'motor home and toad. KOA's are different than days of old - most are upgrading for "Big Rigs" and are clean and reliable as a chain. I'm surprised! Have used many on this trip. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
This is a very nice facility, very clean and well laid out. It probably does get pretty hot in the summer, though. No mature shade trees. They have some of the Kamping Kabins and are adding even more. This place would rate a 10 but be advised, when the wind blows in a certain direction, there is a very bad smell from the oil processing plants in the area. They could really affect someone with sinus/migrane problems. I feel for the owners, they can't control that situation. However, that said, we would go back again. It is the only campground in the area that isn't run down. It is about a 45 minute drive north of Carlsbad Caverns. They have cookouts nightly, even in off season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This KOA is among the best anywhere we've visited. Showers/bathrooms hospital-clean, huge sites, and attentive/competent staff. Very highly recommeded. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
The cleanest bathrooms & showers I've ever seen! Plus, this is the only RV park we've come across that provided soap to wash your hands! The sites are nice and long pull-thrus --all gravel, but there are no trees to speak of. The office/game room/small store closes at 6pm--so that you can only access the laundry and large showers/restrooms 24 hrs. There was a nice hottub outside (we didn't go in), but I don't know the hours on that. You can also order rv 'room service'. Sounded like a nice meal at a reasonable price, but was offered on days we weren't going to be there
(weekends). Overall, it's nice, but uninspiring scenic-wise. Plus, I'm getting tired of KOA's going up so high in price! $26 w/out the Good Sam card, which they will stop honoring soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
A truly big-rig friendly park with excellent gravel pull throughs. Everything was very
nice and the owners were very helpful. One of the best KOAs we've ever stayed in but they plan to stop honoring Good Sam cards. Big mistake that will cost
them a lot of business. Otherwise, excellent place. We camped here in a Motorhome.