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FREE BLM site with easy access from highway. Paved road leads right to large compacted dirt/ gravel lot, very level, a lot of space for any size rig. Some tent camping observed on the outside of the fenced off lot. One dumpster available, but no recycling. Good Verizon & AT&T service. Good place for a quick overnight or a place to pull off the road for a rest.
Road going in is rough, recommend high clearance vehicle. If you can't make it in, there is a large area right off the road you can stay in in a pinch. Saw evidence that others had done so. Note the sign saying no camping allowed east of it.
Stayed: 10/12 - 10/14/2020 - $15/night
Vehicle: Hyundai Rogue
Beautiful little first come, first served campground within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Pretty private for the most part, although we could easily see site 4 and the people staying there.
I was hoping for site 1 or 2, as you can park directly in-front of the site, but those were both taken, along with sites 19& 20. Site 5 wasn’t too bad of a walk from the parking area, but it was a little further back. This was fine because we had privacy and two separate areas. One with our picnic table and a second area for the tent. We just weighed the tent and tarp down with rocks, because it was too rough for the stakes.
We were excited to stay here so that we would have easy access to the Guadalupe Peak trail in the morning. A short trail takes you to the visitor center. The campground is right at the trailhead of 4 trails and is adjacent to the RV section. The RV section holds the trailhead, water filling station, bathrooms, potable water, dishwashing station and self-registration.
It was nice to have bathrooms and running water after a long trip. No showers. Beautiful views of the mountains and stars. A great place to stay if you’re visiting the park for more than a day!
AT&T and Sprint: Poor & spotty
Stayed: 10/11/2020- FREE
Site: Corner of entrance and 10 Mile Rd, on the right
Vehicle: Hyundai Rogue
“10 Mile Rd” runs parallel to the highway. It connects the 3 campgrounds in the area, this spot is the middle one.
Whichever direction you are coming from, watch for the Mile 10 highway marker, the entrance is between the two signs. If traveling south on 180, there IS a spot to turn, you just have to be looking for it. It’s a bit of a dip, but it saves you from making a u-ie.
We pulled in and turned right at the“No Camping Beyond This Point” sign and parked immediately to the left of 10 Mile.*See photo* It was flat and level, a great spot to pitch a tent.
The stars were amazing and we were about 20 mins from the Carlsbad National Park visitor center. The town of Whites City is maybe 5 minutes(The drive into Carlsbad NP is what takes so long).
We stayed on a Sunday and were the first ones there at about 7:45pm. Eventually, two others pitched tents as well.
It was extremely windy! We would have possibly stayed again if Pine Springs in Guadalupe Mountains NP was full. It’s about a 45 min drive to that park. We really enjoyed this spot!
AT&T and Sprint: 3 bars LTE
This was our first boon docking night ever, and it was great. The large site has four trashcans, far enough from the road so there isn't any noise or many lights, and is super quiet. You can see SO many stars in the clear sky, and the mountains are beautiful.