If you're tired of hearing highway noise at almost every campground you go to and just want some quiet and the chance to view wildlife: then this is the place for you. No amenities or activities (which is fine with me) but you'll be camping in a breathtaking valley surrounded by pine trees and incredible wildlife. In the evening you can hear the elk (we've heard they sometimes walk within viewing distance of the campsites). Lots of deer and birds that come to the campsite. So tranquil and serene. If you don't mind a 10 minute drive, you can be in the center of Cloudcroft: a very quaint town with great gift shops and eateries. It's about 1/2 hour down the mountain to major shopping in Alamogordo so try to stock up before making the trek. Also be aware that many things you buy in Alamogordo will expand (or burst) by the time you get back up to Cloudcroft because of the change in altitude, so be prepared and keep watch on things. The only reason I can't give it higher than an 8 is that the water pressure was very low (almost unusable), sites were very tight and close together and the entrance to the campground is not for the faint of heart (very narrow and steep). The only more appropriate name for this campground would be "Starry Canyon" because you can see more stars than almost anywhere (including the milky way). One more thing to note: be aware that the main way to get here is via 82. From Alamogordo, it's a 17 mile climb up the mountain and could be difficult in a gasser if you're close to tow capacity. I personally wouldn't want to leave going this way if I had a gasser because going back down looked like it could be very difficult without air brakes. It's over 14 miles of 6% grade or more. That being said, 82 to and from Artesia is a much better route if you don't have a diesel with air brakes. We will definitely be back! (We just hope the water pressure is better next time.) We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice secluded park in a beautiful valley. Many return / seasonal campers were were very friendly. Sites are small and cramped. Owner was very helpful. As their website states, this is an adult, quiet park. I would stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice quiet park to relax and get away from the summer heat. The park is in a small valley surrounded by pines. However there are no trees at the campsites. The WIFI worked well. I had no cell phone service with AT&T, but other campers told me Verizon had service. You have to go into Alamogordo for major shopping and groceries. If I came back to this area, I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we drove up to the park, we were somewhat disappointed with the layout of the sites. The pull-through sites were strung along a narrow dirt road, rigs end-to-end but with some room between. If there were large rigs on either end of the site, a large rig may have trouble pulling in. There was little privacy. We were glad there were only 15 sites. The setting is very pretty, near national forest land, but rigs are out in the open. The hook-ups worked fine and there was cable and phone hook-ups for longer term folks. All sites but five, contained folks that had been there all summer. There is WiFi, with a strong connection, available for $3/day. There is a dumpster but no showers, office, playground, pool, etc. We stayed three nights and have to admit,the place really GREW on us. We could see why many of the campers return each year and spend the summer there. It was really quiet and laid-back and relaxing.The campers were SO friendly and the owners accommodating. I did not see any kids - seemed to be all adults that were QUIET. The male owner had a cynical sense of humor and he was a little odd, but that was ok. It is convenient to Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, and Alamogordo yet you felt like you were away from civilization. We ended up really enjoying our experience there and will definitely will return. I think this is the best campground with hook-ups in the area. I would have given it a higher rating if the layout of the sites were designed differently. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were fortunate to be there off season. We were able to get a pull-thru site. The other sites available at the time would have required us to back up a steep hill into the sites. Could be done, but not easy. It's located about a mile from the center of town. Could use a little TLC. Owner was friendly but I felt a little overpriced for what we got. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here while passing through overnight. We had space 5 on the lower edge of the park which was the only pull-through, across the street from the hillbilly's with two poor dogs tied up with rope. One got loose and got around my kids but luckily was friendly. The 'neighbors' were up early banging on metal and working on equipment. -Sites are very steep to get to and I would not want to attempt backing up into most sites. It is in a residential area but not enclosed so we didn't feel safe going into town and leaving our trailer for long. It was an oasis for a long trip but not someplace we will stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Unattended, so no way to know if the bathrooms are clean, since we don't have a key. Cable TV is fuzzy. Water spigot leaks, Not enough gravel on the site. Trashy neighborhood. Not really in the village. One upside: we got a pull-through site which means we can leave early. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here for one night so we could get away to the cool mountain temperatures for a while. Overall it was a nice place to stay. Most of the sites are pretty narrow and close together, nestled on a hillside. However, most site are at different heights from the ones next to it so that adds a little privacy. Cable was good and WiFi was excellent. Lots of shade trees made it pretty. This is in the middle of a residential neighborhood which is quiet and pleasant. The house across the street does have a cluttered area outside, though. I agree with the previous reviewer that this campground is not within walking distance of shopping as the web site says. It's about a mile. Overall this campground is about trade offs. There are prettier and more spacious sites in the national forest campgrounds around town, but none of them have hookups. This place is a little more cramped but has good hookups, cable, and WiFi, and is just a short driving distance to the main shopping area. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Chose this campground because of what they offered even though their rates were considerably higher than other campgrounds in the area. Big mistake. The house next door and one a couple of houses down were occupied by people who were in some type of construction work. Junk vehicles, road equipment, lifts, etc. along with junk piled everywhere. Not scenic at all. Cable was fuzzy and no sound. Claimed they were within walking distance of shopping area. They were several miles from shopping. Only thing close was a restaurant and offices such as real estate, insurance, etc. No shops. Website very misleading. Would not go again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a small "mom and pop"-type park which we have been coming to for years. It's on the side of a hill and a few spaces may be difficult to back a heavy trailer into if you don't have four-wheel-drive; however, we've never seen anyone not be able to get into one. Some spaces are short and some are long, so its best to coordinate with the owners before you get there. We've never found anyone in the office, but check-in procedures are clear. They don't take credit cards but will accept checks. This is the only park in the town - we've stayed in some of the other parks nearby, but we think this one is the best. This is not a major park with lots of amenities, but if you like cool (9000 feet elevation), quiet surroundings in a simple but beautiful setting, this is it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.