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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Ruins Road RV Park & Campground, Aztec, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Not great, but not awful either. Big gravel parking lot with some trees. Really easy big rig access. Very quiet at night. Someone nearby has roosters and you can hear them during the day, but they must shut them up in the evening because I never hear them between dusk and dawn. Lots of permanent residents, some let their cats wander and a few times one got up under the rig and crawling around on top of the generator. Water pressure is very high, make sure you have a regulator. Sewer connection is cracked/broken PVC pipe, there is no cover for it, just a rock to place over it. No problems with water when temps went down to high teens at night, they have a heated bib and with my heated hose nothing froze. Lodging taxes are high - the rate was only $175/wk but there are over $22 in state and local taxes. Take the space long term (monthly rate) and you might avoid some of the short term lodging tax. Will definitely return. We camped at Ruins Road RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Aztec Ruins National Monument is literally only 3-4 minute walk and it's fascinating. Recommended! Safeway is only 0.4 miles away.

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Manzano Mountains State Park, Mountainair, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

What an amazing place! Nice, easy and well marked hiking trails (though at 7,200' you'll need to pace yourself). I had the place to myself (other than camp hosts) for a few nights. The trees really make it feel very private even when you do have neighbors. Incredibly peaceful, will definitely be returning here! Downsides: It's very dusty. Back of rig and towed unit were solid red from dust on the road. You don't have great views from the campground because of trees. It's a long way from anywhere. An hour to get to Moriarity on I-40 or an hour and a half back to Socorro on I-25. The last 3-4 miles of the road in are not for the faint of heart if you're driving a big rig (see details) We camped at Manzano Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you're in a big rig: Approaching from the south, making the acute turn is probably not an option. If you can't swing it you'll block the entire highway. Keep going up the road a little bit and there's a large open lot on the left where you can turn around . Last 3-4 miles is dirt/gravel, very narrow, *very* steep and twisty, with trees hanging over. Meeting another big rig coming the other way would be very difficult. Not a road you want to drive if it has been snowing/raining.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Navajo Lake State Park, Pine Main Campground, Navajo Dam, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is quiet and peaceful this early in the year. Decent view to the lake. It looks like the lower loop would be better. Nice playground adjacent if you have kids. A15 is one of the few 40' long full hookup sites here. It was just barely long enough for a 40' motor home. The website points out accurately that the site is in high traffic area, though at this time of year it's pretty minimal. The site is literally right in the fork of the loop road so all traffic going in and out passes close We camped at Navajo Lake State Park, Pine Main Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A15 Pine Main
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It's about half an hour into Aztec for a grocery store. If you take Rt 173 there it's a roller coaster ride - if you stress about no visibility hill crests, there are at least half a dozen of them. Taking the long route is less stressful. El Pescadaro is only 10 minutes away and serves a fantastic stacked enchilada (chile is real NM chile i.e. hot) and pie.

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Painted Rock Petroglyph Site (BLM), Dateland, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful views, no problems navigating the campground itself with 40' class A and towed unit. Standard self-registration. Most the spaces are equivalent, all have great views. The road in is a little bit bumpy but not bad. We camped at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

If you have a big rig and you miss the turn to the campground coming in, keep following the paved road to the locked gate and on the left you'll see a small gravel driveway marked "RV turnaround" I got my 40' class A and towed around in there, *however* since it's a tight Y intersection once you get back to the campground, you can't make the very tight right hand turn to get in! Just use the large gravel area directly across (90 degree turn from paved road) and turn there.

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