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Amazing, no wifi

If you need wifi, this is not the place to stay. However, be sure to visit for the day. It is so unusual. The camping spots are really cool! Pets allowed

Extremely rural. Lots of wildlife.

This spot is not easy to get to. You need the proper type of vehicle (off road with clearance). It is dry as a bone, but beautiful nonetheless. There are large trees and a perfect river. We saw a wolf, wild hogs, and signs of bears (droppings). If you want to connect with the wild, this is the place for you. As long as you know how to handle wildlife in a respectful way you will have nothing to worry about. The only drawback is that there is charred forest on either side of the campground. Though the campground itself is like a little oasis. Highly recommend visiting here. It gets VERY cold at night during early summer, so make sure to go prepared.

Lake Roberts summer visit

It’s a few minutes from the lake but it’s nice and open.. both times we’ve gone it’s had quite a few people but beyond being able to hear them we weren’t running into each other. Great for tents, or campers.. They have metal fire rings to help which was nice.

Only drawback was one time people were running generators which were pretty loud.. but we’d still go back!

Hot springs near visitor center

Just a short hike from the visitor's center are a series of hot springs. The first spring is really just a trickle and can only be found by touch moving through the stream. I was able to set up a tent on the creek and dig down in the sand to find the hot water and then covered myself to get the geothermal properties. Not a traditional hot spring soak but a memorable experience. The next morning I could find the hot spring seam by the steam coming off the creek and did the same thing while watching coyotes traverse the canyon.

spacious sites

Nice campground o erlooking lake Roberts with trails down to the lake. camp sites are large and well spaced so you camping neighbors are not right on top of you. Each site also has a bbq gril amd fire ring. Clean toilets with running water. gave it 4 stars since thete are no showers and not a swimming friendly lake. However, nice place for a low cost!

Animals, Rocks, and Solitude

Nearly prefect camping. At Citt of Rocks you wIll fInd a wonderful opportunity to view the native wildlife of NM. Noteworthy: the stars, the trails, and opportunity for climbing and jumping on rocks. This park is great for kids.

Things to be cautious about: We almost stepped on a camouflage rattlesnake, the bees take over the drinkimg water (if you turn it slowly, they don’t seem to be bothered), and the bathrooms weren’t as good as they could have been.

All and all, it was a great geological experience.

Rock climbing

It is a fun campground to go rock climbing. Hot in the summer. We also went in March way cooler.

Beautiful desert location

About 30-45 minutes out of las cruces nm,beautiful desert setting, rv sites, cabins, camp store, several hot springs, some are clothing optional, some family friendly, very remote no cell service but beautiful area, not far from city of rocks state park

Strikingly beautiful

There are some sites with power but the sites surrounding the huge rocks are rustic, we love this area, so much to see

Gorgeous campground 10 minutes from the Plaza

We visited Black Canyon last August on our way to Colorado and stayed two nights. What a lovely and well maintained place. camp hosts were absolutely wonderful. campers were clean, quiet and respectful. Bathrooms were just pit toilets, but man… they were CLEAN! It is cool at night, even in August, due to the elevation. We were so cozy in our wool socks and sleeping bags in a tent. It even hailed on us hard one day. I liked this place so much we booked it again this summer, but were disappointed to see it closed for the month due to wild fires nearby and extreme drought. We get it, but are super bummed. This place is just gorgeous.

Santa Fe National Forest

Beautiful campground in Santa Fe New Mexico. We came to stay one night to go to Meow Wolf and ended up staying 3 nights I liked it so much. Would be 5 stars but the water spigot only worked intermittently, and it was difficult to get a site due to online reservations, some of which weren't even used but sites were still considered occupied due to reservation. I dislike National Park Campgrounds utilizing online reservations, it makes it hard for those of us who wish to ramble aimlessly.

The birds are abundant here. I wore a red winter hat and had at least 10 hummingbirds buzz my head in one day. I could hear their wings and feel the breeze from them they came so close. Tons of shade here, and nice cool days with chilly nights in May. We had a night of sleet after a rainstorm with hail but the next two days were gorgeous. Conveniently located to Santa Fe amenities. I highly recommend this campground. Pit toilets were minimally smelly and relatively clean.

Best campground in southern Arizona

The campground host does everything within his power to make your stay enjoyable. The weather is cooler than Tucson and the views are amazing. My favorite place to camp.

Good stay for Gila Cliff Dwellings

Stayed here one night on our way to Gila Cliff Dwellings.

A mix of flat spots (slightly too close to the toilets) or tilted spots,further away/up the hill. Pit toilet is available. Picnic tables and fire pits available

There is a canyon that we hiked up behind the campground

Ben Lily Campground

Campsite is clean with bathrooms. Easily accessible by 2wd vehicle. Benches and fire pits at each site. Close to willow creek where fishing for gila trout is possible. Creek is a bit shallow and damaged due to erosion and recent flooding however gila trout can be found in larger pools around.

SUPER Windy in Springtime

We stayed here 2 nights and took advantage of the showers! The price for camping is something like $5 more than your entrance fee so it is worth it. The camping is awesome because each site is smooshed between the rocks so it is a very different experience. If it wasn't so windy, it would be one of my favorite campsites.