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Carlsbad KOA
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not located in Carlsbad....”
Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

We booked this KOA thinking it was near Carlsbad caverns.. only to arrive and realize it isn't even in Carlsbad. We were disappointed because we had planned a two day trip to the caverns and that's a lot of driving while we're already on a road trip from MA-CA! Aside from the location factor, everything was great. Quite campground, really clean bathrooms & laundry facility. We ordered pizza and chicken strips from the cook and it was alright.. nothing fancy, but not terrible.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Salt Lake, Utah
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372 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed in one of the small cabins and it was absolutely wonderful. It was clean and quiet and just a beautiful surrounding area. The campground was immaculate and the restrooms were very clean. The campspots were spaced far apart and it was quiet by 10 o'clock. The pool area was very well taken care of. The office staff was wonderful and very helpful. The nightly BBQ smelled and looked terrific. I don't have enough adjectives to describe this place. It is perfect if you are going to Carlsbad Caverns, but it is an hour away from the caverns so allow time to get there for the Bat Flight or your tour times.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
465 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 520 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2013

42 dollars/night with KOA discounts
Great food delivered!
Level sites!
well kept campground!
Clean sites and shower houses!
Quite campground!
TV cable very limited
Internet terrible every visit
The only reason to stay here is limited competition in the area.

Room Tip: All sites are pretty level every visit. When you ask for a good position for the internet they tell...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank P R
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We stay at KOA's quiet often...we've stayed at probably over 20 different ones. We always stay in the cabins. This was one of the best KOA's we've ever stayed at. By far the bathroom/shower facilities are one of the cleanest of any KOA we've been to. This KOA offers BBQ dinners everynight delivered right to your campsite/tent/RV/cabin. The meats are smoked right on the property. The food was great...a little pricey, but worth it in the end. Our cabin had TV included...you don't see that offered much at KOA's. This KOA is conveniently located half way between Artesia and Carlsbad.

Room Tip: They had a pool but we didn't visit it, so I can't rate it
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is a very nice KOA...except the internet speed!!! About half the park is filled with working folks that are renting spaces monthly...like me. If you're camping, I guess the internet problem wouldn't bother you, as you're trying to escape your normal life. If you're temporarily living here, and need your computer, there is a BIG problem. During "peak hours" (0700-2200) forget about doing ANYTHING on the internet...way too many people sucking from the same straw."Dial-up" would be faster...but no phone lines. I've talked to management and was told, "it is what it is!" What a crock of [--]. A few bucks and/or an "I.T." guy would solve the problem. My Verizon wireless modem won't work either because we're in a "dead zone" according to Verizon. So, if internet is important to you, don't stay here! If management reads this review, please fix the problem and I'll remove this post!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We stayed here for one night in the tent village. It was a very windy day so the staff made sure we had the most protected tent spot.

Facilities are immaculately clean, and the staff are friendly and full of information about all the local attractions.

Room Tip: If you're tent camping, pay a few dollars extra to stay in the more sheltered tent village
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Carlsbad KOA
Address: 2 Manthei Rd, Carlsbad, NM 88220-9251
Location: United States > New Mexico > Carlsbad
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Carlsbad
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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