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Chosa Campground

About

Bureau of Land Management

Chosa Campground consists of a 3.5-acre, pipe-rail fenced pad that offers a trash container and a safe parking space for your Recreational Vehicle plus a protected area to set tents, whatever your camping style. Chosa campground provides visitors a fee free location strategically located between two national parks with Carlsbad Caverns a short 11-mile drive north and Guadalupe Mountains National Park 27 miles south on highway 62.

Fee Info

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Location

Chosa Campground is located in New Mexico

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Directions

Chosa Campground is about 27 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM. From Carlsbad, NM take US 62/180 south approximately 27 miles until mile marker 9, turn east on Dillahunty Road/County Road 424. Follow Dillahunty Road for 0.25 miles and the campground will be on the north side.

Address

Carlsbad Field Office 620 E. Greene Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Coordinates

32.08861 N
104.43222 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Dispersed

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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50 Reviews

Greg T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2023

Free & Simple

It’s just a huge free dirt lot to camp in. Very close to Carlsbad caverns and Guadalupe National parks.

Month of VisitMay
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RThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2023

Desert Climate. Flat, open lands.

Our first NM BLM camp was here. Literally 6 miles north of the Texas border. We got there at 5pm in 90 degree weather. Luckily we had a swamp cooler to keep us cool. I highly recommend if you camp in Summer months to get there closer to sunset. It cools down quickly when the sun is down, and gets as cold at night as it gets hot in the day. We left around noon before it got too hot.

Site3 miles in
Month of VisitJune
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P
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2023

Spacious and fairly level

Easy access off the highway.

Sitein the lot
Month of VisitMay
S
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2023

Convenient location

It is a great location for both Guadalupe Mountains NP and Carlsbad Caverns.

SiteWest side of lot
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Sharilyn K., April 3, 2023
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Sharilyn K., April 3, 2023
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Ray L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2023

Little busy, but fantastic!

This is a great free area of land located conveniently between the Guadalupe mtns and The Carlsbad Caverns. It is a bit busy but all the people that park here are respectful of space and are very quiet. If you’re looking for an area to camp for free near the NPs, this is the option for sure.

Month of VisitApril
Haley L.
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2023

Easy Spot, Nothing Special

Its super easy to get to if you take the route through Carlsbad. We arrived at 8:30pm on a Friday, and it was fairly full. There wasn’t an issue finding somewhere to stay though.

Month of VisitMarch
C
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2023

Just off the road

Just off the road of Mile marker 10. A flat, dirt road brings you in and opens up to several spots in a large circle and a drive-through loop. Some road noise, depending on time of day; and distance lights from the city of Carlsbad. Convenient location.

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Chris , February 6, 2023
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Chris , February 6, 2023
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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2023

Great spot for big campers

Only 10 minutes from Carlsbad Caverns NP and about 25 minutes from Guadeloupe Mountains NP!

The area is a large fenced in gravel lot. Plenty of spots for trailers/RVs/and any other campers. Very easy to find right off the highway! Pretty crowded compared to most dispersed camping areas, but still a very easy spot to get to. If you want more secluded areas, there are more campgrounds further down the gravel road. A few fire rings here and there.

Dispersed area, there is a large trash bin in the campground. Verizon service was good!

Month of VisitFebruary
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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2023

Perfect waystation

Large level area big enough foot plenty of campers.

42’ bus with toad

Month of VisitFebruary
James G.
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2022

Large lot

A lot not far from Carlsbad park. Not great-not bad.

Month of VisitJanuary
Izzy T.
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2022

Overnight parking lot

Decent place to stay for the night right across from Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Easy to get to. Arrived on a Saturday evening and the lot was packed with travelers. There was trash, but nothing else. Pack in, pack out! Great cell service.

Month of VisitMarch
Soji E.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2022

👹CHOSA CAMPSITE👹

We had just drove to Carl's Bad Caverns and needed a place to camp for the night, the campsite we had planned on going to was all filled up and someone recommended Chosa Campsite to us. When we got there, it was total isolation in the middle of the desert...a single dump with a nasty mattress leaning against it, a dead rabbit square in the middle of the road, no maintenance what, no water or electricity. We just decided to go home after that and get a hotel 😥 Basically just a dirt plot in the middle of nowhere...but if your into camping in a dirt plot with a dead bunny go for it!!!

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Month of VisitNovember
Amanda M.
Reviewed May. 26, 2022

Perfect night under the stars

Went on a birthday road trip, and found this site by chance. Because of the old cattle corral, my friend and I were both able to set up our hammocks for the night. If you have dispersed camped before, this site is great. Pack it in, pack it out, would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Amanda M., May 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Amanda M., May 26, 2022
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Dan M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2022

Chosa Was Nice

Close to Carlsbad Caverns, Rattlesnake Springs and Cottonwood Day Use Area with had a spring fed pool .

Saw several Rio Grand Turkey near the two springs.

Saw Pronghorn Antelope.

Quite and decent night views. Light noise from Carlsbad and White City

Flat caliche site.

Plenty of additional campsites away from the caliche pad in the desert.

Verizon service was great.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Dan M., April 8, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Dan M., April 8, 2022
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BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2022

Stayed one night - great!

Would have stayed longer had we known more about this spot. Very large parking area for any size rig. Dumpster on site but no hookups. ATT service was good.

SiteDispersed parking
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Bill and Cora W., March 31, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Bill and Cora W., March 31, 2022
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David N.
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2022

Close to the caverns

Like everyone said- it’s a parking lot, but big enough for a lot of campers of all shapes and sizes. There are other areas nearby as well. Really close to Carlsbad caverns and about 20 miles from town. Served it’s purpose and while there were fire rings and a dumpster. It’s not a place to stay for more than a day or 3.

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by David N., March 9, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by David N., March 9, 2022
Erin H.
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2022

Great free spot for any size rig.

As others have said, it's a large gravel parking area. Trash bin was nice touch. Nice enough view. Verizon via Visible  rocked strong at 4, AT&T via Straight Talk bounced between  2-3. This was our 1st dry camp with the new set up, and was perfect for that purpose.  Easy in/out, any size rig fits and there was plenty of room to spread out. Even arriving  at 3pm on a Friday, there were only 5 others here, and we scored a spot on the rail with a view of the sunset. Saturday morning  there were 12 rigs here including us, and most pulled out by 11am, leaving only us & 3 others till nightfall. Some road noise, but nothing unbearable.  Did have some winds,, but again nothing unbearable.  Walmart, Albertsons, Lowes, Tractor Supply all just a short drive up in Carlsbad. Diesel prices are consistent  all over so we topped off at Marathon in White's City, rather than going back to town. All in all a good stop over. We stayed 4nts to do both parks & resupply. DH enjoyed it.... I may have made a believer out of him finally. 

2/18/22:   652 is a mess. While a shorter distance  than how our GPS  wanted to go, there were 5 areas where it was 1 lane & we had to wait for it to be our directions turn... while shorter, it took just as long. Luckily  it isn't  very traveled or it could have taken a lot longer.

SiteWest Rail
Month of VisitMarch
Scott B.
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2022

Great overnight sleepover location

What can I tell you that a hundred reviews hasn't already mentioned? It's a large, level, gravel parking lot a quarter mile off of Hwy 62/180 8 miles north of the Texas border in New Mexico. It's clean, mostly quiet, and close to both Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Perfect if that is where you are headed the next morning or if you are just passing through. Not some place I would visit just to camp. If you are doing any of the above, I recommend it. I would stay here again.

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Month of VisitFebruary
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Scott B., January 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Scott B., January 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Scott B., January 14, 2022
Doug W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2022

Wide open and free

You certainly can't beat the price or location. Easy access from the highway and close to two national parks. Plenty of room for any sized rig and lots of them.

But wide open can also mean big wind. We got a wind storm that kept us up all night.

Cell service is great. Would stay again.

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Doug W., January 10, 2022
Emily G.
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2022

Peaceful and easy access

Easily accessible for big rigs and great service on T mobile, decent At&t. About 20 minutes to Carlsbad. If you're coming from the south, do not take 652!! The road is under major construction and so bumpy!

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Emily G., January 1, 2022
Herbster
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2021

Big gravel lot

About 3 acres of gravel one big huge dumpster for your garbage area is fenced in and close to the main highway.

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Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Herbster , December 29, 2021
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2021

National park tour

Easy to find - levels spots. There was a lot of space. Only a few other campers when we pulled in. Great proximity to Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe.

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Month of VisitJanuary
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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2021

Close to Carlsbad Cavern

Easy access from highway with any vehicle. Level site. Short drive to an amazing cavern.

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Month of VisitJanuary
Kathryn P.
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2021

Close to Carlsbad Caverns and Free!

BLM land that is close to Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns. Great cell reception. A fenced in area of land, that has dumpsters, just of the highway. Some traffic noise, but not that bad. Free camping by two National Parks!

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Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Kathryn P., November 10, 2021
Luis G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2021

Perfect overnight spot

This spot is close to the caverns only 2 miles. We felt safe since there was more RV’s and people camping there. If you get the chance to wake up early you can see the stars!

Month of VisitDecember
Timothy E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2021

Basic but easy access

A big square lot - plenty of space - trash dump available. Very close to Carlsbad Caverns.

Sitena
Month of VisitNovember
Kenneth M.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Chosa Campground (BLM)

Traveled 10 hours to visit Carlsbad Caverns. Found this spacious location, was not very busy (only two other campers), spacious and quiet. Beautiful view of Carlsbad range. This is a BLM managed site with no utilities except trash bins.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Kenneth M., October 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Kenneth M., October 14, 2021
D
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2021

Good option close to caverns

This is a flat graveled lot with some homemade firepits (or rocks you can use to make one). Big trash dumpster but no other services. Very close to Carlsbad Caverns. Worked really well for our two camper vans. Close to freeway but not much road noise.

SiteN/A
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Danielle B., October 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by Danielle B., October 10, 2021
kayla B.
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2021

nice isolated campsite

2 females staying here, were the only ones here and it’s off the highway a bit so we feel very safe. flat gaveled camp site.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Chosa Campground by kayla B., August 13, 2021
J
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2021

Wide open space

Open acre or so of flat Rocky area with a fence around the property. Plenty of room for 20 or more RVs. Close to Carlsbad caverns national park.

Month of VisitAugust

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Chosa Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Chosa Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Chosa Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.