I stayed at Golden Shores for one quick night. I had just picked up our new RV in Torrance and needed a spot to crash before driving back to New Mexico. I made a hassle-free reservation by telephone the week before. They provided me with a code to get through the security gate as we were to arrive later in the evening. Spots are flat and well groomed. Grass is pretty and green. Hookups worked flawlessly and the park was pretty quiet after dark although it was pretty full. There is a pool, but we didn't use it. I never saw anybody who worked at the park, although that is not necessarily a bad thing, and, considering the hour that I came and went, it would not be unusual for no staff to be milling around. It looks like there are a few folks who have planted some serious roots at the park which kind of gives it a homey feel. The water is RIGHT HERE and the early morning was beautiful and crisp. It was a snap to get to and easy to find my way back to the freeway. I would definitely stay here again.
You MUST visit Bonito Hollow!!! The owners and staff will blow you away with their hospitality, attention, flexibility, and friendship. We live in Roswell, NM and were looking for an escape close to our hometown due to gas prices. Bonito Hollow is just 1.5 hours from our front door, but it is a WORLD away! The park is tucked against a hillside in a wooded (pines, cottonwoods, oaks?) canyon just a few short miles from Bonito Lake. The view from the park is 360 beautiful mountain views covered in trees. Access to the most beautiful hiking in a 200 mile radius is just up the road: streams, meadows, challenging or easy trails, signs of bear, deer, etc., and beautiful! The park is laid out kind of like a big oval with a road that circles the perimeter. There are large, flat, full hook-up spots all through the middle and small cabins, tent sites, and unique hook-up sites around the edge against the treeline. We stayed in one of the treeline sites tucked between a few of the cabins. Amenities include the "bath house" with showers and laundry facilities, playgrounds for the kids, volleyball court, and a beautiful stream that wraps around the "front" side of the entire property. There is also an office with a small store stocking some basics for your convenience. There are a lot of improvements taking place at Bonito Hollow. This is the first full season for new owners. They have been investing lots of time (and money) to make the park a place that my family will return to again and again. During our entire stay there was constant, quiet, park improvement activity going on. About the people: from the moment we showed up, the owners and staff took us under their wing. Our original site wasn't quite set up for our hook-up arrangement so they helped us find a spot that worked. My daughter's bicycle needed air in her tires and the owner happily aired them up for her (her hero!) Dumb Dad (that's me) forgot the fishing gear: no worries! they lent us some gear so we could spend some quality time at Bonito Lake watching everybody else catch pretty trout. Owners would drop by from time to time with "Tango" the resident labrador to check in on us. the "artist in residence" at Bonito Hollow is transforming the park into a magical land with amazing and humorous wooden bears, huge mushrooms. We spent a wonderful evening with this artist as our guest for dinner as he regaled us with tales of his adventures in life! We have our reservation already in for Memorial Day 2011! Can't wait to get back.