February 2, 2024 - reviewed by GeneS
Great State Park
About 2/3 reservable, balance first come first served. $14 w/e, $18 fhu. Also massive area for isolated, dispersed camping ($8). Hiking trails thru desert terrain and down to lake. Very quiet. Host maintains spotless campground. Very nice, clean restrooms and showers.
March 17, 2023 - reviewed by Mike&Cyndy
16 miles to Carlsbad...remote,but hookups,clean restroom and showers for $14 a night! Peaceful,reservoir views and trails. CCNP only by far in advance reservations now, but Living Desert Zoo and Gardens SP was great for $6
April 22, 2022 - reviewed by SewMore
This was our first New Mexico State Park. It has been closed for two years due to COVID-19. There is a brand new shower house and restroom facility. It has hot water and is beautiful. Each site has water and electric and a substantial shelter with walls for wind break. The lake was low but we enjoyed our time there. New Mexico State Parks are such a good deal. Visitor Center wasn't open and minimal staff. Comfort station was always clean.
July 22, 2019 - reviewed by World Camper
Nice Location But under Staffed
Nice location, but place appears a bit run down. Bathing facilities were not very clean. Also no warm water in the women’s shower. Only stayed for 1 night so it was not a big deal. If in the area, I might come again
May 22, 2019 - reviewed by Jacquelyn
Quiet, good facilities, lots of jack rabbits. Super windy & once the wind died down the tiny flies took over our van was full of them & you couldn’t go outside without inhaling a few. Non-biting but annoying. Otherwise a great spot especially for the price ($14 in person, $4 online reservation fee)
May 18, 2019 - reviewed by Ryan
Great park with nice rv sites. Fairly level, water and electric at most sites. Sewer at only a few that I could tell. The park is accessible 24 hours a day. Has a pay station where you drop your money in it for your stay. You get a yellow copy to put on your campsite post. And a white copy to put on your vehicle. Sites 30-51 are first come first serve.
The place does need staffing as others have said. The visitor center was never open while we were there. The shower house was reasonably clean and did have hot water (at least the men’s side did for sure). Camp host was very nice. Only deducting 1 star since the staffing is so minimal.
If you’re in the Carlsbad area, it’s a great place to stay. A lot of jack rabbits in the campground to watch, as well as small trails to walk.
April 23, 2019 - reviewed by Duder
Suffering From Lack Of Staff
Stayed 7 days in April 2019. Wonderful views & sunsets. Enjoyed trails. Had a nice site. Terrible experience with bathhouse and garbage. Sign on men's/women's when arrived "no hot water heater - go to KOA for shower." Both signs came down, but the water was still frigid. Many campers grumbling about it. Someone kept signing a cleaning checklist, but bathrooms never cleaned entire 7 days - including over busy Easter weekend. Bathhouse garbage cans and campground cans all overflowing. Ran out of hand soap & T-paper & never refilled despite completed checklist showing all "OK." The only park staff was a daily check at 5:30pm to make sure every camper had paid, but they never used the money to install a water heater or clean up. Visitor center always closed. Overall, a very negative impression.
March 14, 2019 - reviewed by HANK
Typical NM State Park, Good Deal
Here in the March 2019 windstorm, wasnt able to explore. $14/night, my price includes the online fee.
W/E included, dump station on site. Looks like it'd be a pleasant place in good weather. Note: there are many non-reservation sites here.
August 1, 2018 - reviewed by Bruce Muir
We are from NC so we were completely unprepared for desert camping. Great place! Close to the city of Carlsbad and the Caverns. Surrounded by hard country. We floated in the lake, chased horned frogs and fed the desert rabbits. We stayed in Limestone. I recommend it!
May 2, 2018 - reviewed by Georgia
We arrived late and found it easy to get a spot and use the self pay system. We used the limestone campground because we wanted to be able to camp beside our vehicle, the only downside was the ground was too hard for tent pegs. It is about 6 miles from the main road and watch out for all the rabbits on the road at night!
April 27, 2018 - reviewed by Kevin
Sits on top of a hill with views of the lake - spectacular sunset. Water and electric- dump site is as you enter/exit the park. Clean showers and bathroom. Only $14
March 1, 2018 - reviewed by Holly
We loved our 12 day stay on site 39- a pull through first come first serve w/e. They do offer reservable sites n a different loop. View of sunset through our windshield and lake view to the north was really nice. Spacious sites with no crowded feel. AT&T was good for all I needed. We had friendly little roadrunners near our site. We saw cotton tail rabbits, jack rabbits, and scaled quail along with birds of prey. Loved riding my bike up to the ranger station and back. Camp hosts we great. The only weird thing was the Ranger Station was locked all the time. A few times we were lucky enough to catch a vehicle there and knock at the back door to be let in to access park info, read the park history, see artifacts and browse through the book swap. We missed a UPS delivery because no one manned the post. In four months of traveling, we have never seen a station locked up like that. Otherwise, we enjoyed this park.
February 12, 2018 - reviewed by 2Bounders
Loved Our Stay!
Has a reserved, first come first serve, primitive and day use areas. We spent 1st nite in day use area at $8 as all hook up sites were full. The day use area is nothing but a parking lot but it allowed us to have a first jump in the morning for a hook up site at $14. The primitive area is exactly that and the road to get there is not one we would take our 35’ class A towing a car down. There were a couple of Class C’s down there. Sites are like being in the desert but have space, a grill a sheltered picnic table. Overlooking the lake, fabulous! There’s a ramp for boats and fishing but it’s catch and release as the sign says the fish are contaminated:-(. Nice walking trails to lake and up to office area. And the stars at nite!
August 4, 2017 - reviewed by Cws
We stayed in a travel trailer for 3 nights and enjoyed the park. Lots of rabbits and the kids loved the playground,shaddy. The restrooms were clean and well kept. The camp host helped us get settled in with a pull thru large enough to accommodate our 35` home on wheels. Close enough to Carlsbad caverns and Roswell for day trips.
June 2, 2017 - reviewed by Jill
Stayed here in April. Was a really nice park where you could see the lake. We had Water and Electric hookups. Also have a covered table area on site. Close to Carlsbad canyons and also we took a trip to Roswell. Great price. Very relaxing.
March 5, 2017 - reviewed by R. C.
Very nice State Park. Not all sites have full hookups. In fact, I think only 6 sites do and they are $18/night. There is a dump station though that is easy to access. During the winter, it is self-pay but I don't know about the summer. Very pretty, quiet and lots of rabbits! Would definitely recommend staying here.
December 10, 2016 - reviewed by Short
I stayed there in 2014 - bathrooms were clean and the scene was pleasant
March 20, 2016 - reviewed by Cheryl & Howard
Spacious Sites Good Price
A long drive in from the highway and 45-50 minutes from Carlsbad Caverns, but this is a very nice State park campground. Sites are big and we loved the covered tables/patios. Not all sites have hookups as advertised, but we were lucky. Many people drove through in the late afternoon to find that the park was full. Sites $10-$18 depending on hookups.
July 1, 2015 - reviewed by Virgil