We needed a place to pull over and eat our sandwiches. We were surprised that it was a full campground, bathrooms, showers, a book shop, fire rings, tables, spigots and in some spots, I suspect electric hook ups. There is a cash box by the entrance, so bring small bills. You can also pay at the book shop, but it was closed, as were the bathrooms. It may have been for COVID, so don’t rely on the bathroom there. We also noticed a very well maintained walking trail. This would be a great over night site or a place to stretch your legs on a long trip.
We visit every year. The sites are spacious, there is are shared spigots and vaulted toilets in each loop. In the center, there are hot showers and traditional toilets. (The showers have been closed due to COVID). The campground is across the street from a gorgeous reservoir. Down the road is the Lazy Trout corner store with all the things you may have forgotten. If you feel like driving around, I suggest Big Lake and Alpine. It is a perfect area to camp, hike, explore and unwind. This year is much busier than other years, because people are eager to get out. However, be warned, we were the only ones wearing masks in public spaces, so be vigilant about your health before arriving. When we arrived last week, Rolf C Hoyer was at capacity. We were given instructions to the disbursement camping. It was free. The camp sites were really cool. You could see each camper put their little touch on the site. Of coarse, there were absolutely no amenities. Disbursement is a steep drive up a narrow, gravel road. After 36 hours, my ear lobes and face started bruising. Once the nausea set in, I knew I was not prepared to go 8500ft. Rolfe C Hoyer proper is not as elevated, and I never had issues there. But if you know that elevation maybe an issue, explore the surrounding areas cautiously.
Every year, we drive from Texas to Apache National Forest. Cibola is halfway. Every year, we make sure to stay the night at Water Canyon. First: the views. Secondly, the amenities. A level spot, with a fire ring, table and maintained vault toilets for $0. The most spacious spots are the first two, after that a six man tent is the largest tent you’ll fit on a level spot. We have never really explored further than our camp site, as our children are small and out number us. But for 12-36 hours, it is a beautiful stay that includes campfires, lizards and the occasional equestrian that lets our kids treat their horses. Treasured memories, unplugged and free.