Kathi V.
Westcreek, CO
Joined June 2019
Quiet and convenient

This campground is on the base,  but so quiet. Within a few miles of the campground is amazing fishing and hiking. Fort Sill is a nice base with everything you may need. If you drive to Witchita Mountain Wildlife Refuge you may see elk, bison, Longhorns and deer. The hiking trails are great and worth the visit.

Quiet, clean and beautiful

Amost all the sites have a lake view, with little obstruction from other sites. There is plenty of room between sites, allowing for a level of privacy. There are no trees, but the views make that OK. If you want to fish, go to the marina on 64 ( leave the park and turn Left…on the left side about 1/4 mile down). You'll pay $17 for a day, but you can buy more days. Don't think you can get a way with no license, you can't! Even on weekdays, the officers checked. Still, great fishing and almost a guarantee that you will catch at least one trout.  

As for hiking there are great hikes within 45 minutes, toward Taos and Angel Fire. Stop by the Eagle Nest Visitor center off 64 for a map or two. We hiked the South Boundary Trail, off the El Nogal trailhead just outside of Taos, off 64 W. 

I recommend the Taos Mothership Brewery in El Prado (20 min drive from the trailhead) for a beer and nachos. If you have a dog with you, great patio area. 

We enjoyed the quiet of Eagle Nest Lake and the availability of a nice walking trail and great trout fishing. We will go back!

Outstanding campground, convenient, clean and quiet

This was a two night stop for us on our way home in late November.  We wanted to see Meteor Crater, so this was the perfect stop.  We were very pleased with the campground.  It was literally right off the I 40, but you can't really hear the freeway.  The grounds are spotless, as were the showers and laundry area.  There are two dog runs right on site too.  The store has the basics and souveniers.  The owners run a tight ship, so it was quiet all night and day.  It's a great overnight stop, and there were a number of people who literally arrived in the dark and left before dawn.  It wasn't hot when we were there, but I imagine it gets really warm in the summer.  Thankfully, the campground has full hook ups, but little shade. 

We will absolutely stop there again if our travels take us that way.

Wide open with nice views of the lake

If you like privacy, this is not the campground for you.  Nor if you like to have a beer in the open.  Don't get me wrong, it's an acceptable campground, but a little exposed and tightly controlled (we called them the beer police).  We had booked three nights, but stayed only two.  It was fine if you were going to go boating, but for hiking or chilling at your campsite, it left a little to be desired. 

We had to disguise our adult beverages, so as not to arouse suspicion from the beer police.  I'm too old for that.  The lack of any privacy was sort of off putting too. 

We did enjoy a beautiful sunset and some flat walks around the campground, but not quite the hiking that we were looking for. 

It's a long drive off the interstate for just a night, so I'd skip it if that's what you are looking for.

Dumpsite disaster area after rain/snow

We decided to take a late fall trip to CA and drag a 34' 5er up to Hyde memorial state park.  Bad idea on many levels.  First, you have to navigate through old Santa Fe to get to the entrance to the park.  Narrow streets+a big 5th wheel+a huge F250= unfun drive which took well over an hour to get through just a few miles of roads due to the heavy traffic and numerous lights, plus the navigation required to get around very tight corners.  We got to the RV part of the park and it was not crowded, but the spaces require some skill to back into and are NOT the slightest bit level, or wide.  We managed. 

The hiking around the park and campgrounds is amazing, but a bit challenging.  We live at 8000 feet, so the altitude was not a problem for us, but if you are from sea level, be prepared to take your time and handle the altitude. 

It snowed on Oct 31 and we had to dig out from 8+ inches of snow to get on the road on November 1.  The dump station was filled with 6+ inches of mud/slush/water and we regrettably had to use it.  It was a disgusting mess to say the least.  To add insult to injury, we had to drive BACK through Old Santa Fe, in the snow. 

My advice is to go IF you have a smaller trailer or 5th wheel, or are tent camping.  The tent campground closed well before we arrived, so I can't add anything to the review on that. 

It's a beautiful campground, but the RV area is small, close together spaces, difficult to get into and the dump station is the stuff RV nightmares are made of.

Not a great place to stay

We arrived to find that the site we had reserved was not only occupied by another RV, but the people had essentially taken off for days.  We were given a different, worse site, and had no options, since the campground was full.  The person in charge of the campground was less than helpful.  We had chosen that site MONTHS in advance so we could accommodate a screen tent.  The bugs are horrendous (mosquitoes primarily, with flies coming in  a close second).  We were unable to put up the screen tent due to how small the site was, and how close to the water we were…like a few feet from stagnant, buggy water.  To say it was NOT a  good experience is an understatement.  We left after one unpleasant night.  We will not go back, and instead re-route to go to a better rated campground next time.

Beautiful views and great hiking and mountain biking trails

We had a nice pull through site away from the water.  Just walking around the campground was beautiful.  We hiked all over the area and rode our mountain bikes.  It's a very family friendly campground, but with enough privacy to really enjoy your own space.  There is quite a bit of boat noise if you are near the water, but it quiets down at sunset.  We didn't see a lot of wildlife, but that was fine.

Walk to great hikes, lovely lodge and pretty little lake

Easy access and nicely laid out.  Being able to ditch the car and walk to hikes, the lodge and lake was so nice after a long drive.  The campground must be full from day one that it opens in the spring, but there is plenty of privacy.  If you have a larger trailer, some of the spaces required some expert level maneuvering to get into, but everyone managed to do it.  There was recycling available at the rubbish bins, so we were happy to unload them there.  Didn't see a lot of wildlife inside the campground, but enjoyed seeing the bison on the far side of the park.  Easy drives around the area and up to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse.  We were in a minivan, so we fit easily through the smallest tunnels on the road.  I am not sure about our F250, and certainly NO motorhomes.  We plan to go back eventually and would definitely camp here again.