Carlsbad RV Park and Campground

16 03 2015
Carlsbad RV Park and Campground

Carlsbad RV Park and Campground

Last time through Carlsbad we stayed at Brantley Lake State Park on the north side of town.  This time we’re parked at the Carlsbad RV Park and Campground, just south of town on the National Parks highway.  This former KOA is a bit of a dusty relic of its former self.  With over 100 sites, we manage to end up in one of only about 6 “F” row sites that have grass and a few trees around. The remainder of the sites, which appear occupied by somewhat full-time residents, are lined up on a gravel field behind the main office.  Our sites are up against the entrance fence, closest to the highway but far enough away that the traffic noise isn’t a concern.  These “F” sites offer only water and electric, but there is a dump station onsite.  The staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to make sure to answer any questions, providing the latest National Park newspaper and a glossy magazine of all there is to do and see in Carlsbad.  Renovation seems to be going on everywhere, from new tree planting to new a new hot water system in the showers and almost constant cleanup of wind scattered trash and dog messes.  It’s obvious that they are trying to rehabilitate this campground.

Our original plan was to try for a site at the Pecos River RV Park. This tiny (only 18 sites) is right downtown and backs up to the Pecos River.  But, with spring break in full force, there are no available sites there. And, with a visit planned to the famous Caverns, this location will work well.

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