In general this is a nice park close to Caballo Lake (about half mile to the lake through BLM land). It’s very basic, full hook-ups, all pull-through sites, free Wi-Fi (which works) and it is clean and well-maintained. There are no facilities at all. No restrooms, etc. The owner is lovely and has a happy hour every night. You pay for electric, even the daily rate, which will run about $1-$2, depending on use. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have camped here last fall and came back because it is such a nice place to stay. Gravel sites but level and nice. Picnic tables at every site. View of Caballo Lake and nice walk down to the water. We walk our dogs down to the lake too! At 4:30 every day is a happy hour if you choose to join and bring a snack if so inclined. We visit and enjoy the sunset on the mountain above Caballo Lake every evening at Happy Hour. No problem with electric, water or sewer all in great working condition. Small park just north of the Caballo State Park entrance. The owner and very nice and loves to visit and make your stay a nice one. They have no laundry, pool etc, but it is a very relaxing place to stop and stay. Can handle big rigs as we are 42 and pulling a truck. We disconnect and park next to rig. We go into town and relax at the hot springs or eat some of the best Mexican food in town that you will ever get. You pay 12 cents for electric per kwh plus the rate of $15.00 per night. NO big deal as it is still a bargain. Owner fixed Easter dinner and invited all of us to dinner at her expense this Easter. Great meal, great owner! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We decided to come here because of previous reviews. We were certainly not disappointed. i had called ahead to make sure a site was available. When we got there the manager was waiting outside to welcome us. its a clean park with gravel lots. full hookup, hydro is extra. The view of the lake and mountains is great. 4.30 is happy hour, BYOB, but the hostess provided stuffed peppers. internet is the best we've had. All the expensive parks we've been to internet was terrible. We would most certainly come back here. A walk to the lake is nice as well. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Small, quiet, clean, great wifi, good cell phone. Mostly long term friendly people. Mild road noise outside, no noise inside. Level sites. Price is + electricity. $150/month + elect. Typical gravel sites with picnic table. No bathrooms or laundry. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice, small, pretty RV park. Clean. Nice wide pull-through spots. Friendly host; well managed. View of Lake Caballo in distance; and path to walk to the lake, but would take more time than we had. Would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great place to stop/stay along I-25. Very well-maintained and well-priced. This CG does NOT have toilets or showers, so you have to be self-contained. Owner/manager is very friendly and helpful. Lots of coyotes singing at night, but otherwise very quiet. I took a hike down to the lakeside. A great place for a campfire and photo op. Would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It is a nice, quiet little park. There is a great owner/host. There are no amenities to speak of, other than quail, doves and other birds, but a nice view. The owner hosts a happy hour and provides lots of info of the surrounding area. It is centrally located to a number of interesting areas. You can't beat it for the price. For some reason all parks in the area seem to be similarly priced. In most areas this would be a $25-30 per night park and they probably wouldn't be as well maintained. The sites are very roomy, which is unusual for parks in this price range. Due to the sharp angle of entry from the south, I would recommend entering from the north, i.e. park is on the east side of the road. In other words, take exit 63 off I-25 and go south vs taking exit 59 and going north. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We'll echo what others have said - this is a great little park in an area that doesn't offer a lot in the way of quality stays. Nicely landscaped with some trees and shrubbery, the 50A pull-thru sites are wide and fairly level, but a bit short to keep your tow connected. Quiet and dark at night, it's far enough from the interstate to avoid the road noise, but only one mile for access. The host is extremely friendly and will go out of his way to make your stay pleasant. Very informal - no one stays in the house/office, so check in at the "camp host" trailer or call ahead. We had a great stay and will stop here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice host is very helpful and wants to make sure things run smoothly. This campground is clean and there are lots of places to walk (out to the lake). Sites are pretty level, electricity and water were good. Wi-Fi worked as did our Verizon air card. Beautiful, quiet location. For $15/night, plus electricity, this is a great deal! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We love this park! The entire park is immaculate, the sites are very large and level, and everyone in the park was friendly. We ended up staying for 3 weeks. There are many great day trips that are easily accessible from this park: ghost towns, quaint towns with wonderful restaurants and unique shops, beautiful rides, historic sites, etc. We will stay here whenever we are in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice stop on I-25 just north of Hatch. Rate is $15 plus electricity. Sites are a little unlevel. It was okay for one night. Wanted to stay at the state park nearby, but their water pump was inoperable. Verizon worked well here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Out of all the campgrounds we visited in the area, this was the best. It's obvious that the owner takes great pride in maintaining the property and we were immediately impressed with the cleanliness and, more importantly, feeling of safety. Sites are spacious and meticulously clean. Would highly recommend for an overnight or long term stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a surprisingly nice small park in a rather barren area of New Mexico. It overlooks the Lake Caballo reservoir, impounding the Rio Grande River, in the south central part of the state. While there are few amenities, no pool or spa, no bathrooms or showers, and only 1/3 of the sites have full hookups with another 1/3 having water and electric, the balance are dry camping sites. The friendly owner/manager graciously offers her living room and covered patio as a gathering point for campers and manages to keep the park clean and immaculately maintained. Verizon cell phone and air card service is good and the campground Wi-Fi works quite well, best of all, it’s free. There are a few sparse trees but most sites are satellite friendly. A few miles south is the Town of Hatch which seems to be the Chili Capital of the West, to the North is the interesting Town of Truth or Consequences, a small town named for the old Ralph Edwards radio/TV show. We will stop here again whenever we are in the area if only to visit with the very charming and helpful owner. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice clean small park. Owner/manager keeps it spotless. Easy to be sociable. Great views. Lake is a bit of a hike, and the water was low. But thousands of Sand Hill Cranes were wintering there. No bath/shower house. Make sure you go past the State Park to the smiley face flag. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Site close to home. Opened up the season with a quick weekend stay. A few other rigs there and place was quiet and clean. No nonsense site with few other amenities. Area was well kept by park staff. A bit more dust and wind than we cared for, but that's the Desert Southwest. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
The time of year and the campground selected can make a big difference in the perception of this State Park. This rating is for the main campground, which is situated above the lake and has three separate loops. Two of the loops are entirely reservation sites and none of the sites have 50 Amp. They are 30 Amp and there are no shade trees. Each has a solid ramada with a concrete pad and grill. Interior roads and sites are dusty gravel. Most of the sites are pull-through. Those in the Stallion Loop are the most spacious and not parallel to the interior road. Access to the lake is via the boat ramp road and the lake level is very low. The boating and weekend crowd on a Friday in August is missing in action. Perhaps because of the low water levels. Verizon has a strong signal here and so does the 3G aspect. We will likely return here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This review is for the Lakeside campground. This campground is just below the Caballo Dam on the Rio Grande River. This park is not as nice as our last park, South Monticello campground at Elephant Butte State Park. It is an older park and is not well maintained. The interior roads and individual sites need a new layer of gravel. Most sites are pull throughs. Each site has a grill/fire pit, water, 30 & 20 amp power, and a concrete pad that contains a picnic table covered with a shelter. The nearest civilization is Truth or Consequences. Cows are allowed to graze in the campground. There were about a dozen or more when we were here. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea except there are cow patties everywhere, even in the children’s playground. And these things attract a lot of flies. And I wonder if a cow would attack a curious child. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
For us this is a quiet and convenient overnight stop, close to I25, but no road noise. Seemed, this year that a lot of the campers were NM residents, most likely using the annual pass and paying $4.00 night. Even at $14 for electric and water it is a bargain. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Without reservations we were directed to the Appaloosa Loop with our 40' motorhome which is all non-reservations. We had 30Amp and water hookups. All sites in this loop are pull-throughs with a picnic table shelter and grill. There is a dump station. There are water view sites but you cannot go down to the lake from the campground. There is a boat launch nearby. When it's windy, there is no protection from this and the other two camping loops on the lake. There is another camping area about one mile away called the Riverside Loop. There the pull-throughs are very good for large RVs and there are large trees and wind protection. There are reservable sites at Riverside. The bath houses were very clean in all loops. There are many dry camping sites and a huge group area and playground at the Riverside area. There are 54 electric sites overall. The loops and sites are gravel. There are no hiking trails and there is nothing to do in the immediate area if you don't boat or fish. For that reason we would try nearby Elephant Butte when in the area again where one would be closer to groceries and restaurants and a Wal-Mart in Truth or Consequences. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice stopover on I-25. Water and electric only at the overnight sites. The full hookup sites had signs saying "reserved" but nobody was using them. Next time we'll probably stay at the RV Park just past the state park. Water pressure was very low so we just used our pump in the rig. Sign says this is a good "Birding" park. We did see a hummingbird and some quail. Lots of doves, of course. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a well-kept campground in a desert area, hence it is well-used by the locals. There are actually two campgrounds; one above the dam, the other below the dam on the river. We stayed at the one below the dam, which has much more shade. Pull thru's were long and level. Easy access to the river. This was spring break for the schools, so all sites were full, but the sites are far enough apart so the noise level wasn't bad. Camp host was helpful, as were the park rangers. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice RV park. We stayed in the full hook up and had a nice view of the lake or river. The landscape was desert but plants arranged nicely. No WiFi but low signal on Sprint air card let me on line. Would stay here anytime I am traveling through. At this time of the year no reservation was required and only 4 or 5 campers in the full hook up area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park was very crowded during the weekend. Through the week, the park was about 50% occupied. Camp Host was on site, but appeared as though there was only one. This is a large campground which could use more hosts. The rate was for full hookups. Our site was a bit unlevel. Restrooms/Shower facilities were well maintained. Lots of trees which helped during the 100+ degree days. We will definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park appears to be “self policing”. If there are camp hosts, we did not see them. The park officials seemed to be bored with their jobs. They seemed “put out” if you ask questions beyond their normal collection of money. No one kept track of how filled each of the campground was. Unfortunately campers were forced to circle around the campgrounds looking for a site that was not available. Riverside Campground appeared to be the noisiest of the 4 campground areas. This campground had sites for RV and for folks with tents. It also had a playground. We stayed in the Appaloosa campground. There was plenty of room for a large motor home and a boat. The utilities were placed in a logical area. Verizon air card worked well and the bathrooms were clean. We would only stay here again if it was off season and not on a weekend. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The Riverside Campground at Cabello State Park is one of my favorites. I have camped here 3 times. There are several sites with sewer. There are some great pull through sites with water and electric. If you want to be on the river you have to settle for dry camping. Unlike the campsites available on the lake, the river sites have trees, grass, lots of birds, peace and quiet. My most recent visit occurred over spring break: bad planning on my part as the campground was full. The host opened up the group area for latecomers like us. It was very peaceful. Finding the river campground can be tricky since it is not well marked. The main campground is easy to find. After you drive around and decide that you want something more rustic than sun and gravel, return to the main road and go south (turn left as you exit the park) then take the second left you come to. It is very poorly marked. If you cross over I-25 you missed the turn. If you are on tract, you will soon see both a sign and the barriers across the dam. Don't panic, there is a right turn right before the dam that leads into the campground. If you are arriving on summer weekends or spring break and want hookups: you should make reservations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in a KOA in Albuquerque the night before for $54 and it was not nearly as nice as this State Park facility for only $14!!!! The grounds were clean, lots of grass, shade trees, and we were right on the Rio Grande River. I highly recommend this park to anyone travelling along I-25 and looking for an "escape". No wi-fi and no cable TV but we picked up quite a few stations on the antennae. Little store about 3 miles up the road in Caballo sells everything you'd need to fish. We fished and did not catch anything but had fun watching the bats fly all over the place feeding and getting drinks of water from the lake. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed 11 days in the Palomino campground with full hookups. Caballo is excellent for boating, fishing, bird watching and scenery. The campgrounds were clean and the hosts available now. Quite busy but not crazy on the weekends but quiet during the week. The park is stark with lots of gravel, close neighbors, small trees and very hot in the summer. No fires were allowed even though there is NOTHING to burn anywhere near the campsites. (One rule fits all.) We would stay here again if we wanted to be on the water, otherwise no. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice campground with all of the trees. Unfortunately when we arrived it was the day after the Easter weekend. Our site was a pig sty! Bones and dog waste everywhere. We stayed for 2 weeks, and I only saw the camp host once. The weekends are very busy, and all of the elec/water sites were full by Friday night. The day before we left the new camp host (the other host was heading home) came over and handed us a trash bag, and we were told it was our turn to clean up!! Sorry bubba, but we already cleaned up the dog waste and all of the bones before we put our mats out on the disgusting littered ground. Why do they bother to have a host when they don't really do diddley squat?? We've been to at least 2/3 of New Mexico's State Parks and this one was the dirtiest!! Would we go back? Yes, just a shame that such a nice park is being neglected. Cell, aircard and satellite came in fine (Verizon). No problems with the electric and water. Plenty of room for our car and MH. Lots of room for our slides, and plenty of room to spread out. We have an annual camping pass otherwise an elec/water site is $14.00 or $18.00 with sewer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I agree with the previous reviewer about the unkempt condition of the Riverside campground. We never saw the camp hosts at all during our 3 days. We enjoyed the size of sites and all the trees. Upon leaving we dumped at the upper campground, our hosts were working up there in the office. I mentioned to the ranger about the condition of the sites and restrooms. He expressed his appreciation for telling him. We love NM state parks and will mostly likely come here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped in the Riverside Campground which was on the other side of the dam and was on the Rio Grande River with some nice trees and vegetation. (There are 3 or 4 other campgrounds in this state park but they are more open and have little vegetation.) Riverside Campground is conveniently located off the interstate yet far enough away so that you don't hear the traffic noise. We had a spacious full-hook up pull-through site. I gave the campground a lower score as I was disappointed at the condition of this campground. Our site had a lot of trash (which I picked up), a couple of piles of the contents of left-over cooking fires just thrown on the ground, and newly sprouted weeds which were knee-high throughout the area. It gave the campground an unkempt, shaggy appearance. I know that with the campsites cleaned after each use and trimming the weeds, the campground would look a 100% better. I really don't know what role the campground hosts played as I did not see them greet campers or do any campsite maintenance. Customarily at other NM state parks, they are the ones that make sure each site is neat and tidy after campers have left. I am sure the weed removal is done by a crew of groundskeepers. I hope that a better job of cleaning the grounds is done as it is a nice campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice park. It’s located very conveniently off Interstate 25 exit 59 20 miles south of Truth or Consequences. We stayed here January 24, 2007. We had a site with electric and water for $14. Full hook-ups cost $18. Very reasonable. GREAT views of the mountains and Caballo Lake. No heat in the bathhouse but showers are hot. Facilities clean. No Wi-Fi or cable. No state entry fee. We had arrived after driving through lots of snow and salt. The state attendant suggested we wash our vehicle and rinse down our trailer at our site. We appreciated that. You cannot go wrong at this park! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is very family friendly. It has has a nice lake view. They have a small store and gas. Not much around but a quiet place to stay. We stayed one night, next time we will stay longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I really enjoyed this site. My husband went to use the bathroom and there was a bug wasp nest in there. He tried to get out quickly, but cut his head on a piece of metal sticking out in the process. He did not need stitches. I did love the river and the park for the kids. We camped here in a Tent.
This is a riparian zone campground near the Rio Grande with spacious shaded pull-through sites for an RV. Access roads are gravel based and the level sites are gravel. Each site has a ramada and table. At the entrance to the park there is a bridge with a 15 ton limit. The sites on the right are reservable and the sites to the left are first come first serve sites. Sites one through six have 50 Amp and rest are 30 Amp. There is no sewage connection and there is no dump station located at the campground. Trees are present and at some sites satellite TV could be blocked by the trees. We had no problems with getting Direct TV at our site. All of the electric sites are away from the river. During our stay we could hear the river going over the dam. Some of the non-electric sites are near or adjacent to the river. I would not recommend placing a big rig at those sites. The one opened restroom is shared by all. It was clean for us on a weekday. The park seems to be neglected by the staff and they are often not present. The big plus here are the birds. This is a prime New Mexico birding site and we were not disappointed. There is a wide variety and they are plentiful. We stayed here for two nights and will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely campground in the fall, with the gorgeous old cottonwoods turning yellow. The sites are all pull-throughs, though, which we don't like. It feels like we are all parked right on the road. But restrooms are well-cared for, there's recycling, and of course, lots of birds to watch and listen to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived here at the end of September and stayed for 3 weeks. It is such a beautiful State Park with lots of trees and birds. While here we saw hundreds of Sand Hill Cranes flying overhead. October 1st all of the sites became 1st come so you can take any site that’s available for up to 3 weeks during their winter season. The week days were very quiet but on the weekends it was busy. No dump station here, you’ll have to dump at Caballo State Park. Or possibly at Arrey RV Park which is on the 187 , you'll see it just before you turn off on the road to Percha Dam. We’ve never liked dumping at Caballo State Park due to the fact the dump station is hard to get into because it's so narrow. If you are heading south on the I-25, Leasburg Dam State Park has a dump station too. Verizon cell & Aircard worked very well. Water pressure was good and electricity wasn’t a problem. The town of Truth or Consequence is to the north of the park and there is now a Super Wal-Mart on the north end of town. We’ve stayed here 3 times in the last 19 months and always hate to leave. It is a great park and we will be back again next year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 3 weeks in a 5th wheel. Park is very quiet during the week surrounded by farming. Weekends get busy with locals but not objectionable. Cell phone coverage is good, 2-3 bars. There is at least one full hook up available. The trees can be a hazard to RVs since some are in pretty bad shape. Restrooms old, pretty clean but no soap. Lots of birds. Ground fires are allowed. Occasional dairy smells. There are very beautiful walks through the woods along the Rio Grande with some good fishing spots. Fishing is poor but there are fish. A short trip west on HW152 is a must. Goes over the mountains to the west in a high curvy road so don't take an RV. The town of Truth or Consequences is okay for most essentials but gouge on gas prices. Lots of hot mineral springs there for a soak. There is a good restaurant in Arrey serving local chile. We look forward to staying again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice state park. Loved the trees and the water noise coming over the spillway. All of the sites are pull thrus which are along side of the main dirt road inside the park. This park now has 15 sites that are available thru reservations ($10.00 fee). If you plan on spending at least a month in the state parks you should look into buying their annual camping pass http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/FeesPermits.htm it’s well worth the money. There’s a very nice playground away from the main section of the park. It’s located in the tent/non-electric area that runs along the river. Cell phone reception (Verizon) was lousy even with our booster but for some reason my air card was fine (using our booster). There is a laundromat at the RV park that is next door to the state park turn off and a small little grocery store south of the park in Arrey. Very quiet here at night, no trains or loud traffic noise. The water pressure was good and we had no problems with the electric. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Percha Dam State Park is the birder's paradise. The variety of birds is amazing. There is a visitor center that has a lot of info on birding. The state park is very convenient just off I-25 yet far enough away that you do not get the freeway noise. The campground was very pretty and had some big cottonwoods along with a lot of smaller trees waiting to become big trees. The sites are pull-throughs and have picnic tables under a shelter. They mostly are a fair distance apart from each other. Some of the pull-throughs are a little short for a big rig. We had a 35 foot fifth wheel and found ourselves going over into the next site. This was not a problem because the campground only had a few other sites that were occupied. This ia nice place to stay for an overnight stop or an extended stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.