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Capulin RV Park

Capulin RV Park

We stayed in Capulin RV Park for 2 weeks in December leaving the RV here while we drove to Colorado to spend a wonderful few days at Christmas with our kids and grandkids.

We arrived in Capulin a week before Christmas so we could experiment with how to operate in the extreme cold weather including finding ways to reduce our propane use so we wouldn’t run out while we were away in Colorado. Many days here started out with single digit temperatures, negative degree wind chill and rarely got above freezing for a high. It was just miserably cold weather but it offered a good opportunity to figure out how our RV works in this kind of weather.

Our camp hosts, Mark and Michelle, were extremely nice and kept the park very clean. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and were comfortable during our stay. We would definitely camp here again because of their hospitality and willingness to watch over our ‘home’ while we were away. However, the 21 mile drive each way to Raton and back for gas, propane, groceries, etc. made it a bit more remote than we would normally choose (especially since the highway was closed several times for ice and snow storms). We were so glad to leave the area and get back to a bit warmer weather further south.

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Cochiti Lake Recreation Area

Cochiti Lake Recreation Area

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Location:  Cochiti (near Santa Fe), New Mexico
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads throughout the park with asphalt pull thru and back in spots with covered picnic tables. Each site also had a solar light near the picnc table – ours worked but some did not. These provided dim light at the site which was nice at night.
Type:  Corps of Engineers
Access:  North highway 25 and West of Santa Fe with good access for big rigs.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Showers and restrooms. Each site has a covered picnic table and grill.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 5 bars (Cell tower is in the park). AT&T was slow (<1Mb) while Verizon as very fast (~40Mb). No WiFi.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Campsites are terraced above the lake providing good views of the lake and dam which is one of the 10 largest earthen dams in the world. Felt safe and secure. 50′ asphalt site was plenty big for a 41′ RV and the truck.
What we didn’t like:  Not much shade in most spots. No sewer hookups so you have to use one of two dump stations. The shower nearest our site was just OK but could have been updated and cleaned up. One of the control knobs was on the floor. One downside compared to RV parks in Santa Fe is that the temperatures here tend to be 5 to 10 degrees warmer. 

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Isleta Lakes RV Park

Isleta Lakes RV Park

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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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Ruidoso New Mexico Area

Ruidoso New Mexico Area

Ruidoso

Ruidoso lies in the Sierra Blanca mountain range of south-central New Mexico, where it merges with the Sacramento Mountains to the south. Ruidoso is a mountain resort community close to the slopes of Ski Apache, the Mescalero Apache Tribe-owned ski resort on Sierra Blanca, a 12,000-foot mountain. The tribe also operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort in the area, which includes a casino, hotel, and golf course. Ruidoso is the largest community in Lincoln County, and serves as the regional economic hub. The village received its name from the Rio Ruidoso (Spanish for “Noisy River”), a small stream that weaves through the city.

At nearly 7000′ elevation, Ruidoso is a great summer destination due to milder temperatures, particularly at night. A lot of frontier history can be explored in and around the area and there are numerous other things to do including exploration of nearby mountain villiages, White Sands, and the White Sands Missle Range to name a few. The Trinity Site, location of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon is also nearby. It was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. This site is open to the public two time a year but we have been told it can be difficult to be one of the limited few who manage to get it.

We had the extra treat of having our daughter, Amanda, join us for a few days here then travel on to Albuquerque with us.

Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs has been the home of the World’s Richest Quarter Horse Race since the All American Futurity was first contested on Labor Day in 1959 with a $129,000 purse. This past summer the Rainbow Futurity and the Rainbow Derby were on track to become $1,000,000 races. It is the only horse track in the United States and Europe that has a separate quarter horse straightaway and oval thoroughbred track giving spectators a unique venue.

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Circle B RV Park

Circle B RV Park

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Location:  Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
Site Quality:  Gravel pull thru spots with picnic tables. Quite a few trees that can lead to some tight situations with a big rig.
Type:  Mix of longer term residents and short term. Long term seem to be mostly the eastern side with short term on the west.
Access:  Just off highway 70 with easy access for big rigs.
Staff:  Could be more friendly (seemed to improve once they got to know us) but were helpful.
Amenities:  Showers and restrooms (both close from 10PM to 7AM), picnic tables at each site. There was a community room with bi-weekly card games. This room could also be reserved for personal activities.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 4 bars. WiFi was strong with speed about 1.7 Mbits which seems typical for many parks.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Felt safe and secure. Spacious, gravel pull-thru sites.
What we didn’t like:  Views of the surrounding mountains were somewhat limited. Our view to the East was of a storage area. Our porch side was opposite to the mountains.

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