Laura M.


Joined August 2020

Quit ER nursing, sold everything and now my spouse and I travel full-time in 26 ft RV with 3 dogs and a bunny! Always on the boondock hunt;)

Easy one night stand

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.

Reservation / Group only

Easy access from freeway. Trash dumpster provided, no recycling. 

ADA parking. 

Quiet spot despite being close to road. Can hear occasional car or siren from nearby Cloudcroft. Further in is the Upper Fir Campground, same entrance. 

Peaceful and beautiful place. 

Other useful information: Rates: 1-30 people$100/night 31+$125/night Max Length 35 ft Water available, otherwise dry camping Picnic tables Sites are paved Elevation 9000ft

Secluded and beautiful

This site is relatively easy to get to, considering how remote and alone and quiet it feels once here. We found a nice spot at 32.2437301, -109.5120963 in our 26 ft class C.  Some sketchy parts of the road, rocky and narrow with some dips, but it can be done if you're careful.  

BLM ranger and other law enforcement drove up the road about once per day, which was nice. 

Drive through Bowie to get to Apache Pass Rd then a left on Happy Camp Canyon dirt road which is wide and flat but washboarded. Once you get to the recreation area, there is a picnic spot with tables and toilet but no camping is allowed in that area, you'll have to keep driving a bit further. There were a lot of campers when we stayed but we found a nice spot right off the dirt road with amazing views. Heard some gun shooting going on the first day but none following that. There are open range cattle roaming around so give them space and keep your animals leashed. On a hike one was walking right up to us so be aware.There were times on our hikes where you turn a corner and there are a few just standing there. The brush is high enough to hide some too so keep an eye out. This is BLM so the camping is FREE there is however a private property further up the dirt road (property is gated and fenced off). Spots are adequate for tents, smaller RVs or trailers. 

Good place to hike, scramble up the rocks or mountain bike.  

Good verizon and AT&T reception.

awesome & fabulous

We really loved this place. Beautiful setting, hiking trails all over, there are people around but you feel like you have your own space, and of course free.  Very quiet.

Easy access from road for larger vehicles. There are pullouts as you are driving in for your own space. However, it gets crowded and spaces are taken quickly. Beautiful area, Organ Mountains to the east and city lights of Las Cruces to the west. 

Good Verizon and AT&T reception. 

This location is convenient enough to go back into town for things you need. We went to Holiday World RV (which I highly recommend) to get a repair done and returned to the area. We were lucky enough to get our same spot back. Feels like a campground, other campers friendly and respectful of normal noise restrictions you’d get at an actual campground. Good place to stay if you are planning on going to White Sands.   BLM ranger stopped by about once per day to check on things, which was nice.  Really beautiful sunset.

Other Useful Info: 

Dry camping only 

No water 

FREE-no fee - BLM 

Good hiking/mountain bike area  - lots of day hikers & bikers come in for the day so be mindful of not taking up parking spaces when looking for a place to camp.

No thanks

Shabby, looks like for long term residents. Tight spaces. Run down appearance. Off of main road so there is loud car as well as train noise. 55+ age restrictions. Checked it out but would not stay here. No tent sites available.  Has wifi, cable, and laundry. 30 & 50 amp as well as pull through sites. 

There are other RV parks in this area that are much nicer and more welcoming and at around the same price.

Convenient RV parking lot

This park is right off main road so can be noisy, there is also highway and train noise. Sites are close together but overall grounds are clean and well maintained. 

Gravel lot


No tents 

Full hook ups 30 amp only 

Walmart nearby 

Showers and bathrooms 


Sweet little park

We really liked this simple little RV park. Friendly and has character, even though it's like many other RV parks with the large gravel lot.   Nice backdrop of the mountains.  We liked the music vibe of the place, and that it is such a laid back and welcoming place.

Right off highway 10 so you get the road noise. Park has large gravel/dirt sites with hook ups. 

Rate is $20/night with laundry, showers and bathrooms. 

Pet friendly. Staff friendly as well.

Barren but Nice

This park is off of a 4 lane main road so road noise is an issue. Trains and highway noise can also be heard throughout the night. The facilities are clean and well kept. Full hook ups 30/50 amp sites, no tents. Sites are a bit close to your neighbor. Large flat gravel lot typical of RV parks. 

Have yearly rates so some spaces are occupied by residents. 

This is a 55+ park. Pet friendly, WiFi/cable and laundry available.

RV park with a campground feel

The Dyrt app shows that the park is at the gas station, but there is a rundown sign on the edge of the lot indicating that the RV park is further down the dirt road (not straight past the gas station but to the right). You register in the gas station for $12/night. Not at all bad for what you get. 30 amp, water and sewer hook ups.  No other amenities. No 50 amp.

Follow the washboard dirt road down and you’ll find 18 sites with some pull thru for large rigs. There is a cement gazebo with a couple of chairs and tables in the middle of the loop. Freeway is on one side and nice mountain/desert view on the other. 

For $12 a night with hook ups it is hard to beat. Good place to pull off for the night. Appeared that there were a few residents there but did not feel sketchy or unsafe.

Has it all

New Mexico safe certified, trained in Covid-19 safe practices. 

This is a well run secure park with clean grounds. Bathroom and showers are clean and sanitized regularly. 

All pull thru sites with full hook ups 30/50 amp, max length 65ft, no tents. 

It is off of a main road and the highway and trains can also be heard. Walmart and other shopping further down the street. 

Other useful info: 

Good Sam, AAA and Military discounts 





Dog park 



Friendly and nice

Nice clean park, friendly staff. Sits between busy 4 lane road and highway and train noise from opposite side. Pull thru or back in sites available with full hook ups 30 amp or 50 amp. Propane on site as well for fill ups. Walmart and Auto Zone conveniently down the road. 

Their website is - - I will try and update the contact info on this page.

Other useful info

$275/ mo+ electric w/$50 deposit.

$28/ night. 

Clubhouse (currently closed due to covid) 

Dog park 



Playground for kids 

Exercise room 

Military discount 


Friendly, Convenient and Clean

This 55+ park is in town so close to shopping. Good view of Organ Mountains. Park is clean and well maintained. Residents and staff were friendly. Being in town there is some road noise and also noise from neighboring business near the loading docks. Rates were$55/night. All sites are gravel with full hook ups with some pull thru. Even though this is 55+ children and grandchildren are welcome. 

Other useful info:

30/50 amp 


AARP, AAA, Good Sam, Escapees, FMCA discounts 

Laundry Bathrooms/showers 

Clubhouse with kitchen

Game and DVD library

Billiards, ping pong table, ;pickle ball and croquet

Dog park

Welcoming and friendly

This RV park is right off of highway 10 so there is quite a bit of road noise and train noise. Park is currently operating at 25% capacity due to Covid and managers are doing a good job keeping everything sanitized and safe. We had no problem driving up and getting a spot for the night. 

The La Quinta next door allows campers to use their pool and work out room so that was a nice bonus; there was an entrance in the side of the fence so you don’t have to walk on the busy road. Large gravel sites with full hook ups 30/50 amp. Facilities were very clean and well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpful about surrounding area. Dog park fence currently under construction but we are informed of a nice dog park nearby. 

In the clubhouse was a table with unwanted traveler items that you could pick up for “donation”

* see picture for rates. 

Other useful info:

Nice library for books & DVDs (borrow or trade) 

Clean free showers 

Laundry room $1.25 ea. washer / dryer  (included iron and ironing board)

Activity room (closed for covid) 

Dumpsters and aluminum can recycling 

Escapees discount

Rugged area past the main parking lot

Coming in off of Dripping Springs Rd, you pass a large flat parking area with small sites you can pull off into, and this area is easy for any rig to access. But if you keep going all the way to the trail head and turn left, you can access more dispersed and remote camp sites just around the bend. You will need a high clearance 4x4 to get to these sites, or you can park in one of the sites in the beginning lot and hike in.  There are several large flat spots that are great for camping.  There are small rock fire rings and hiking trails throughout.  Good Verizon and AT&T reception.

Odd sounds from Doña Ana Range Complex / Fort Bliss

There are many places along this road (road B059 per Google maps) to pull over and stay the night. Road in is rocky and rutted in places; we made it in our 26ft Class C but a higher clearance vehicle would have made for a much less stressful drive in.  It was extremely windy when we stayed here, and boom / explosion sounds all night made for an uneasy night, especially for our dogs.  We are assuming the sounds came from testing and / or training at the nearby Doña Ana range, but they sounded like chemical plant explosions.  Boom sounds started the evening we stayed there and are still going on as I write this review the next day.   Good verizon and ATT reception.   Spring time in this area should be beautiful with wildflowers.  I don't think we'll come back to see them though.

Rocky and narrow road

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.

Quiet wooded area

Easy access from main road.  No bear boxes provided so food must be stored appropriately as this is bear country.  There is a trash dumpster and aluminum recycling bins.  Roads and sites are paved.  Can hear some road noise and sirens from town.

Generators and Chainsaws

This is right off of highway 244. From CloudCroft take highway 82 east to highway 244 about half mile past designated campgrounds is a dirt road to the left. There is a large grass/dirt area right off the road on the left and a couple of spots further down. To the right there are a couple of more"secluded" spots though the generator noise and the chainsaws are still loud. One generator ran all night long. The chainsaw eventually stopped after the guy had maybe enough for a log cabin. 

You can continue up the road which is a nice hike and there are a few more pull out site along the road. The road Ys and to the left are more sites that are private but the road is a bit rough. This place is FREE which we usually look for but this is probably one of the loudest we've been to. Both roads at the Y offer a nice hike with minimal traffic, there was only a single vehicle we came upon. Very nice.

Good cell reception AT&T and Verizon. No water, garbage or bathrooms. PACK IN AND OUT! Multiple rock fire rings in random places as this is a dispersed camping area and watch out for the multitude of animal limbs and carcasses laying around from hunters.

Camp in a Parking Lot=FREE

First off this is a parking lot but you are able to camp here for free. There were trailers, RVs and even car camping in this BLM area. There are other spots along the way such as Sierra Vista Trailhead and Baylor Canyon Road as well as multiple pullouts along the Dripping Springs Road.

You're basically at the foot of the Organ Mountains and the view is awesome, even the city lights in the distance were nice. 

There are no amenities here. Cell reception good with AT&T and Verizon.

Nice place to stay if you plan on hiking the Organ Mountains or heading the next 40 miles to White Sands National Monument.

Free for 2 More Years!

We loved this place. Attempted at first to camp at The Box down the road but it was really crowded so we came here and what a great choice! 

This is a FREE campground but plans are in the works to started charging in 2 years at $10/night. There are gravel tent and parking pads, picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets and garbage.

When you first pull in there is a narrow opening to a rocky dirt road straight ahead and to the left is a day use picnic area. The sign at the beginning of the dirt road said trailers not advisable but one came down before we started up so we went for it. We have a 26 foot class C. Dirt road driving experience necessary. The road is quite narrow, rocky and has a couple washouts and tight turns but not impossible to navigate….use your best judgement! 

There were only a couple of other campers and the views are very nice. Some sites are close together however. There are pit toilets and garbage at the beginning of the campground and at the end loop. 

Great hiking area too! Further down the road where it says "no turn around" is a group site but the gate is locked and you'll need to contact National Forest Service if you want to use this area. 

There is no drinking water or cell reception from AT&T or Verizon. Pets allowed on a leash. Also there are free roaming cattle we saw on the main road in but none in the campground though there was poop evidence that they've been around. 

Along the dirt road hiking trails near the campground people have made other camping areas with rock fire pits. The roads to these areas are narrow and 4WD necessary.