The rate reflects a 50% Federal Pass senior discount. Most of the sites in the campground are really made for tents; they have either a very short drive or are very sloped or both. There are three loops in the campground. The middle loop (Bear) has only one or perhaps two sites that would work for a smaller RV. The best bet for RVsites are the first (Abert's Squirrel) or the third (Coyote) loops. Even in those loops there are not very many sites. We did not have a problem finding a site suitable for our smaller motorhome on a weekday in the shoulder season, but it could be an issue in the busier times and the campground is not on a reservation system. The roads and spaces are paved. Most are fairly well separated with some vegetation for privacy. All sites have a picnic table and grill. There is convenient fresh water fill and a dump station. The generator hours are very generous - from 8 am to 8 pm. Either good or bad news depending on your point of view . It is not too far off of the main road, but it is wonderfully quiet and dark at night. To access the main part of the park between 9 am and 3 pm you have to use the shuttle service. One of the stops for the shuttle is right next to the campground, which is very convenient. The other way is to hike down a fairly steep 1.6 mile trail. One thing to note is that as you approach the park, there are many signs stating that to enter the park you must use the shuttle from the White Rock Visitor Center. If you are camping in the park you can ignore those signs and proceed directly to the campground. We did not have Verizon cell or data. Satellite was not a problem in our site in the first loop. It would be more of an issue in loop three. We would certainly camp here again to visit the park and the surrounding area. If you need hook-ups, the new Visitor Center in White Rock has RV spaces with electric hook-up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the Juniper Campground. This is a first come campground with no hookups for $12 a night and $6 if you have a pass. The campground is right after the entrance to the park. There are three loops with picnic tables and fireplaces. Not many of the sites are level and loop C has more sites for RVs up to 30 feet and more shade. It is a beautiful place to camp. We were planning on one night and decided to stay three nights. After May 24, the shuttles are running so you can pick one up from the campground and head down to the Valley Visitor Center. In the canyon there is the Valley Visitor Center, gift shop, snack bar, administrative offices, ranger stations and many of the hikes begin from here. The Main Trail has some of the best cliff dwellings that you can see and climb into using ladders and paths. Frey Trail (2 miles) which was the old way of getting supplies and visitors into the valley starts from the campground and ends at the Long House Cliff Dwellings and it is all downhill – take the shuttle back. The Alcove trail goes to a dwelling inside a cave that one can access by climbing three long ladders. The campground always has a nice breeze during the day and at night. We were there for a weekend and it was not full on any night. There is a new Visitor Center on route 4 in White Rocks that opened in the fall and it has 16 slots with hookups for RVs in the parking lot. It was free but now that they have a self check booth just like Juniper campground. It costs $10 but once campers find out about it the price might change. The shuttles come to this visitor center so if you have an oversize RV you might want to stay here. Juniper campground is about 8 miles away from visiting Los Alamos driving 4 west than 501 – one of the best ways to get into the city. You will have to go through security to get to the downtown because you are driving through the LA National Laboratory where the Manhattan Project was born. Driving in they searched our RV (our choice we didn’t want to take the longer way with more curves) and driving back we were escorted. Two great museums in town (all museums free), the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos History Museum. The history of the town is fascinating and Juniper Campground is a great place to camp while you are touring the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful, quiet lightly used campground. Some big rig sites. No hookups but water hydrants available. No Verizon service. Golden Age Rate. Some sites have shade. As dry camping campgrounds go, this is one of the best. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Fairly short sites so big rigs may not fit in many of the sites, but no problem for most RV’s. No electricity or water. Lots of TV channels available on antenna (over 30). We found a level site, but many may require more than the normal amount of pads. Great park for hiking. We hiked the main loop before it started snowing. Gorgeous after a snow! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Bandelier is a beautiful park and Juniper campground was a good dry camping spot. Water is conveniently located and the bathrooms were well taken care of. The campground is going to be closed for the rest of the summer, and I can only guess that there may be showers when it reopens. You can hike from Juniper campground to the preserved ruins in the canyon. I was in a 27' class C, looked very tight for anything much larger. This is a National Monument and with my Senior Pass I paid no admission for the park and half price camping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we visited, only one of three loops was open. The campground is outdated and cramped (built in the 30's) and the majority of the sites are angled the wrong direction and the roadway is tightly hugged by overhanging junipers, making backing a trailer into many of the sites impossible. One of two of the sites can accommodate a ~40 rig if you are skilled and patient. The host mentioned he spent an hour helping a semi rig with a ~40 5th wheel back into one particular spot. About a third of the sites can handle a travel trailer with a box length up to maybe 30'. This is all in reference to the "B" loop. That being said, the entire camping area is being closed June 1, 2010 through Fall 2010 to be completely reconstructed. The host said the new campground will feature larger, properly angled sites and quite a few pull through sites as well. Otherwise it's a very pleasant location. Camping is technically $24 ($12 park entrance + $12 camping). There campground does have a dump station and potable water. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The only thing that keeps this park from being a ten is the lack of hookups. Apparently Tyeh National Park service is on a no carbon footprint kick this year much like the crazy eco proposal of a few years back when they wanted to forbid any motorized vehicles at any national park. There is a central dump station and water is available there. Fabulous night sky and hiking trails. Be forewarned that if you take the road to Los Alamos in a motorhome or trailer you will be searched and have to open all the contents of your rig to show that you are not hiding Chinese spies. Bandelier is great and the ranger programs at evening are superb. We have camped here before and will again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great place to stay, of course you need to pay the entrance of the park. Worth staying there, but they need to clean the roads from rocks, and at our time of arrival everything looked poor. In spite of that, worth while. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful forested Park Service campground ,not originally designed for large rigs. Narrow road meanders through campground, with lots of low overhanging branches. Short and medium sites that are not all level. Need to drive through first to find an adequate space and use a spotter to park. 40' motorhomes only fit on a few spaces and may not be able to use all the slides. Best access to Bandelier National Monument with great cliff dwellings and hiking trails. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This CG in Bandelier National Monument is close to all the archaeological sites at the monument as well as historic sites at Los Alamos. The CG is basic National Park design. Sites vary from many short and medium back-ins to a few adequate for a 40' rig. All sites are well separated and private but not very level. Generator hours limited. A dump station is nearby. You are in a cedar & juniper woodland here so those with allergies take note! Nighttime skies are magnificent and wildlife (coyotes, deer, etc) abound. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A nice, rustic, campground for those who are willing to trade hookups for location. In the
mountains near Los Alamos among the tall Ponderosa pines. CG is a short drive to the very interesting pueblo ruins and excellent park visitor center. Back-country hiking and camping trails are available. CG is well laid out with good paved access but no hookups. Centrally located restrooms with running water, AC outlets (charge your battery), and flush toilets but no showers. Dump station with a water tank fill-up point at entry to the CG. When we were there in July, some of the loops had been closed off and the park was nearly empty. The visitor center is at the bottom of a canyon and summer parking there is very limited, so you are required to drop your trailer off in a parking lot just inside the park. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.