Came into OKC late and got a warning on our GPS that there was a big accident just south of the city. Decided to camp out vs plow through the traffic. Found "ABEs" with the GPS and called them. Talked to an extremely helpful person who, while they were closed, went ahead and took our reservation and told us to call them when we got to the park for payment. They did warn us that *most* transient spots do not have sewer. (they don't) And that this is about a 99% resident park. Upon arrival we hooked up and found one leg of the 50A circuit dead. Called them and they redirected us to another space. That space we couldn't turn into without hitting the trees. They then read off a list of spaces and said "pick any of these you want and call us back" We found a perfect spot within a few minutes and shut down for the night. There are a couple of fast food places and a loves travel stop within an easy walk. We never did see the owners/managers in person but dealing with them over the telephone was a real pleasure.
This was the worst campsite on our trip. After confirming via the web that we needed a 50amp hookup, and calling them 5 days in advance, when we got here. They didn't have any available. It turns out that they only have 5 (!) 50amp sites in the entire park. The desk was less than sympathetic when we complained. "Sorry thats all we can do." "I don't know why they took your reservation but there's nothing I can do now." Or my personal favorite: "I don't know how the web reservation system works, but its too bad it accepted yours when we only have 5, 50amp sites and they are all full." (Mind you the reservations were made months in advance.) The Wi-Fi was terrible, frequently going offline for minutes at a time. Their "big rig" sites are a bit laughable as with my 45 footer, only one set of wheels can be on the pad at once. The others were in the dirt. They are not level at all, and it was past the point that my airbag system (which admittedly is a bit weak in this area) could compensate for. The worst part about it was the bad attitudes by both the campers and the staff. It looked like the park was about 50/50 residents vs transients but it was hard to tell. What was easy to see, was that it was overrun past anyone's ability to manage and the attitudes had turned sour. There were toads parked along the ingress routes to the sites. Not in an overflow area but actually on the roads to the sites: making navigation tricky. There are also lots of little hidden tree-stump dangers along the way which are just big enough to scrape the bottom (or bottom sides in our case) of your rig. These are not marked and are hard to see, so I would highly recommend getting a spotter to walk your sides while you park. Don't bother asking for help at the desk as they will tell you that its "your problem" to get in and out of the sites without damage. And a few of the other campers seem to share the same attitude. On the day of our departure, we couldn't get out because there were too many toads along the path and there simply wasn't enough room (width) to pass though to get out of the park. Usually knocking on doors (especially after 10am) will illicit grumbles but helpful people who will move their vehicles. Here, a few attempts were met with "F--off" from the inside of the camper. We ended up at one point, in the middle of the road with the engine running, waiting for 20 minutes while one of the two roadblocks got around to moving out of the way. If you can get an outside ring spot, it would be much better, so try to negotiate that at the desk. Otherwise, look elsewhere as its a shame this otherwise nice park and perfect location has degenerated. P.S. The restaurant across the street has the same overcrowding and attitude issues. We walked over at 6:30pm and got served at 9:45pm. The food was cold, bad and not what we ordered. The kids all ordered fries but the food came out with carrot/pea mixed veggies (completely underwhelming the children). When we asked about this we were told that they were out of fries now, and this was the "other option." They also managed to cook my chicken fried steak to the point where it would have served as a spare tire patch. There were parts of it the little knife couldn't cut through. By 10:30 we high tailed it back to the camper and were praying for the madness to end.
Now this is how to handle a transient park! We got tired going through Denver and decided to find a place to stop for the night. We went through the reviews an found this place ... called them while on the road. Given our ETA (11pm) they took our reservations and said there would be directions on the door for us. There were! The directions were clear, the park lit well - even at night and there was no trouble finding our spot nor parking our rig. They left a phone number to call in-case of problems. But there was no need. The spots are *very* large, easily able to accommodate our nearly 45x14 rig. Wi-Fi was WPA with a pass code and fast; not some rickety ISP or worse Tengo. The water pressure was great, filling our freshwater tank in about 15 minutes (usually parks take 30-45 minutes or longer) The park is pretty much 100% transients ... we wanted to sleep in and by 10am (when we departed) the place was basically empty. We travel the Texas to Montana route a round and this is our new stopover point.
This park is in town, about 40 minutes to Carlsbad caverns itself (you can't camp there) Its about 80% residents with the transients occupying the back couple of rows. (furthest from the road) There is a R&R not far away that you get to hear at night but otherwise the camp is quite peaceful. There are a few kids amenities and a small pool. We didn't take advantage of it, but they have a pretty large library of DVDs available for checkout. wifi worked well, and wasn't glitchy or latent like a lot of parks. The staff was friendly and helpful directing us properly and helping us find eating places and others that we could park our rig at without difficulty.
Lots of sites, easy access for a large rig like ours. A few trees in some sites. Wifi worked, but it was the Tengo system which slows you down no matter if anyone else is using it or not. The transients are kept in the front rows near the office & pool .. while the residents are along the outside edges. The observatory does not run all days(!) nor, as we found out, does it run on days its supposed too if they don't feel like it. Communication here is difficult at best. If you are really looking to use the observatory its best to sign up and then go back to the office before they close and confirm that it will be open.