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Raton KOA Journey, Raton, NM

Raton KOA Journey, Raton, NM

Rating: ⭐⭐
Site Quality: Dirt/gravel pads and roads. Our site was long enough for our rig and truck.
Type: Commercial
Access: Easy access from Interstate 25 just south of the New Mexico / Colorado boarder.
Staff: The manager we checked in with was friendly and helpful although we had to wait for her to return from an errand. Once before we came here to get propane and the office was also closed during the day when it was supposed to be open.
Amenities: There were Restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a dump station but we didn’t use them. I believe they may have all been closed in winter when we were there. Propane on site.
Cellular/WiFi: Verizon and AT&T were decent. The park had WiFi but we did not use it.
What we liked: Ease of access along I-25. Full hookups during the winter. Nice views of the mountains west of Raton. Propane is available on site.
What we didn’t like: The park is mostly dirt and could be very muddy – luckily although there was still some snow on the ground the mud for the streets was not bad. There was some mud near the entrance to our rig. There is an alley that separates the front of the park from the back.
Verdict: The Raton KOA is good for a short stopover on the way to or from Colorado along I-25.

Elephant Butte, NM

Elephant Butte, NM

After spending some time in northern New Mexico around Christmas we decided we needed to move further south where it would hopefully be a bit warmer. We thought the Elephant Butte area looked pretty good and we were surprised we could get a month there on short notice. Elephant Butte got it’s name from a small Butte that is now in Elephant Butte Lake. After looking at it several times, we can see a slight resemblance to an Elephant head but we think you probably need to smoke something to get the full effect. You can see for yourself in the picture. You may also notice that the lake looks low. It’s only at 3% capacity. Drought and lack of snow in southern Colorado has taken its toll on the Rio Grande river that flows into the lake.

We really liked the Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort where we stayed for the month of January. We had a spacious deluxe site with a concrete pad for the RV and room for the truck beside it. It was nicely landscaped for a park in this area and had a lot of activities within the park particularly for longer stays. In looking around the area, we definitely picked the nicest park but we did find another one on the other side of town that deserves an honorable mention – Cedar Cove RV Park. If we come here again that might be an option as well.

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Chatfield State Park – Littleton

Chatfield State Park – Littleton

Rating:  
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Site Quality:  Paved roads and pads throughout the park. Pull thru and back in spots. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.
Type:  State Park
Access:  Must use entrance off Titan as the main entrance has a 13′ height restriction due to the entrance station.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms. Trails throughout the park and a swim beach (although it was closed for renovation during our stay). Playgrounds for kids.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 3 bars and decent speeds (>5Mb on both although AT&T was better than Verizon). WiFi was available but we did not use it as it is an open system.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Felt safe and secure. Most sites in the D loop were plenty big for a 41′ RV and the truck.
What we didn’t like: In addition to camping fees, you also have to pay $8 per day for an entrance fee. For more than about a week, an annual pass is cheaper at $70. This seems common for other states as well. Most sites offer little shade although some do have relief from either morning or afternoon sun.

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Isleta Lakes RV Park

Isleta Lakes RV Park

Rating:  
Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Site Quality:  Gravel pull thru spots with covered picnic tables.
Type:  Short term only and no reservations.
Access:  Just off highway 25 south of Albuquerque at exit 215 with easy access for big rigs.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Laundry, showers and restrooms. Each site has a covered picnic table and grill. There was also a community room.  Shuttle service to the casino nearby.  Road Runner train station next door.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 4 bars. They had unsecured WiFi but we did not use it.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Gated entry with a guard 24 hours. Felt safe and secure. Gravel pull-thru sites with room for a 41′ RV and the truck.
What we didn’t like:  Train track nearby and numerous trains per day and night that had to blast their horn due to the road into the RV park. Little shade (trees are small). Awkward layout, picnic tables are at the front end of the slot well away from the middle of the rv. 8 PM quiet time was a bit early if you want to do things outside especially with guests.

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