We stayed here for three nights during our New Mexico trip. The campground is about fifteen minutes north of Carlsbad, so it's close to a forty minute drive to get to the caverns. We didn't mind the drive since we spent just one day at the caverns. Obviously, if you plan on making multiple trips to the caverns you might be better off staying closer.
The two room camping cabin was very clean. The camping cabins had plenty of space between them compared to a few other KOAs we've stayed at. There was a park-style grill, water spigot, and picnic table outside the cabin. No fire pits due to burning bans.
The bathroom next to the main building was very clean, and had a really cute Western theme. The bathrooms in the middle of the campground were great! Three big private bathrooms, each with a toilet, sink, and shower. I never saw many people using the private bathrooms; since they're in the RV section I guess most people just use their RV bathrooms.
The pool was nice, but kind of small. There's a little playground and dog park. The rec room in the main building had table tennis and board games to play, plus a TV. We had problems with the Wifi just once; when it rained one evening and everybody must've been trying to get on.
We ordered bbq sandwiches one night from the cafe, and they were good.
The campground had a gravel road alongside I enjoyed walking on. I spotted roadrunners, ravens, doves, and tons of little rabbits right in the campground.
The employees were all extremely helpful, and the grounds well kept. I loved all the cacti and other desert plants they have everywhere in the campground, plus the Western themed decor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kick back with family and friends at this beautiful desert oasis built in 2000. This award-winning KOA is big rig friendly: All sites are huge 30/50-amp pull thrus with free Wi-Fi and free cable TV. The staff will spoil you as you enjoy the 2,000-square-foot community room, meals delivered to your site, a beautiful commercial laundry, outstanding restrooms, a fenced dog park and a heated pool. From this KOA in the heart of SE New Mexico, visit Carlsbad Caverns, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area, Roswell's International UFO Museum and White Sands National Monument. Check out the Robert H. Goddard rocket collection at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and the "Billy the Kid" history at the campground. A horse hotel also is available. See how this KOA is going green with the help of a wind turbine. ... more less