Nice, quiet campground for exploring White Sands. Tours of Trinity Site, location of the first nuclear explosion, are conducted on the first Saturday in April and October.
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3-8 Jan 2017
August 3-6, 2016
Jan 10 - Feb 29, 2016
KBUG (Know Before You Go). Max Stickers/Thorns - Consider their paws. Bold Coyotes. UL gas and supplies available. Drop & Hops (folks that store RVs in full hookup sites). There are only 8 sights and there is a great open parking lot adjacent to the park where rigs could be left unattended. Throughout our visit half the sights had RVs present with personnel unaccounted for. We wished to stay but we were forced out due to lack of availability. This is unacceptable. HC
20-24 April 2014
This facility is very nice and quiet. All in all a great location as long as you know what you are getting, distance from Las Cruces and Alamogordo. The check in process has a lot to be desired. It would have been nice to get a map of the installation, told where the dumpsters and recycle bins were located. The folks at Outdoor Rec were nice but just not very helpful. When asked about a map, I was told to go to the gift shop, they might have one. Also my reservation wasn't on the "board" but was still on someone's desk. Good thing I was the only person to show up on Sunday. Since I've been here and know the ropes I would go back. Maybe they could take some lessons from Agave Gulch on how to check someone into the park.
Jan 2-6, 2014
A.B. left this review using the Directory software: - We were on site #1. Nice pull thru next to the activity center. Enjoyed our short stay. Excellent museum plus visited the Biosphere. Very windy in this area but the price was right. Just wish they had diesel fuel on board so plan your trip accordingly! Bx&Comm.well stocked
Feb 10, 2014
Directions are good, photos are still current. Arrived on Sunday night there were four empty sites, one camper in overflow (15Amp on street). No signs or instruction to be found, office closed on weekends. We took an empty site and went to Outdoor Rec in morning to pay and stay another night. Outdoor Rec has a small amount of supplies, seemed to be unorganized to me. They did not have any available sites for another night had reservations coming in. Did not use the bathrooms or showers so can't rate. Rec room locked up. Cell phone good, wifi none. Nice little park, which is what we like, quiet place to stay. Suggest you make reservation before driving out. $10 a night full hookup.
Oct 10-16, 2012
We frequent this location, so obviously we enjoy it! The golf course is in excellent condition. The laundry, on the other hand, while the machines seem to be pretty new, the building is dirty & the A/C (swamp cooler) either wasn't working or has been shut down for the Fall/Winter. It was not too bad as it was only in the upper 70's, but it is an unsatisfactory condition. It was in big need need of being cleaned, too. It would also be nice if they had a rack to hang cloths when one takes them out of the drier. Never used head or shower, so what ever has been previously reported is probably the case. There are only 8 sites & most of them are usually occupied, so make a reservation if you want to come here. I drove by the Ft. Bliss RV park Sunday (10/14) & it looked full, too. Snowbirds must be on the move!
Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2012
A first!!!!!!!!!!!! MWR REDUCED the fee for staying here to $10 a night! It had been $10 however it went up to $15 for about a yr or so, but they've lowered it back to $10! WSMR as well as Ft. Bliss have dropped the DOD decal requirement, too. Since I don't get to many USN or MC bases I don't know if they still require the DOD sticker.........I'd be interested on feed back as to the status of USN &/or MC bases & their DOD decal status. There does NOT seem to be any homesteaders here even though there is a LOT of new construction on the base. If you approach the base from from El Paso on the "back" road through Ft. Bliss it has almost been completely reconstructed & the speed limit has increased to 65 mph. A real short cut! Played the little 9 hole golf course & it has really greened up for February. Wind this time of year sucks, but we don't have Spring in NM, it's WIND season!
7-12 Dec 2011
C.H. left this review using the Directory software: - We spent 5 days here and generally agree with previous reviews. We had called the day prior to our arrival to make a reservation; that turned out not be necessary - the campground was empty when we arrived. While checking in at Outdoor Rec, I inquired about the showers and was assured they were operational. Not!! Although there was hot water in the sinks, there was no water, hot or cold, in the showers. We enjoyed a visit to the Missile Museum, particularly the inside displays dealing with the a-bomb test. Essentials were available at the small post exchange and commissary and there is a gas station. We came in from Las Cruces over the pass, but since we going to El Paso when we left, we took NM 213 south through the vast Fort Bliss ranges to the Texas line - a very good road that shortens the distance between WSMR and Fort Bliss considerably. We would probably stay here again.
16-22 Oct 2011
Arrived here for originally a three night stay but extended for three more days. Getting on the Garrison is easy and finding the RV park is a piece of cake. We arrived on a weekend so Outdoor Recreation was closed. We just went to the park, picked a site and parked. Went to Rec Service the next morning and paid. If you have a large RV with big slide-outs, make sure you know how far they extend. Electrical boxes are right on the edge of the gravel pads with a couple of wooden posts on both sides. Bathrooms/showers are still closed. While here we toured the Missile Museum, White Sands National Monument, The Space History Museum, Old Town Mesilla and Cloudcroft. Small PX and Commissary have necessities. Nice golf course with very reasonable green fees. Beautiful views from the park.
16-18 May 2011
The Fam Camp was easy to find if you follow directions, my TomTom took me right to it. We had called ahead and made reservations but checked in on Sunday so almost nothing was open. There was no bulletin board or any direction to tell us what spot to go to. We asked another camper & was told that the person they had spoken to said just take an empty spot, so we did the same. There are old reservation signs still hanging on many of the sites that are from March. It was easy to pull in and get connected, water, sewer and power 50/30 amp. Sites are long gravel pads with a covered patio with picnic table, really nice sites. The bathrooms are still being worked on, but it's obvious that they are not a priority nor is the FamCamp as it appears no one checks it with any frequency. When we arrived on Sunday we observed two dumpsters which were filled to overflowing, they were dumped on Monday morning. I was told that due to a record-setting hard freeze in early February the bathrooms and showers in the nearby clubhouse were closed, awaiting repairs. I asked if there was an estimated date of completion and was informed that they really didn't know. We could have used to showers in the aquatic center, but after taking a look at them decided to use our camper shower instead. The best thing about this area is the views of the mountains and the missile museum. Nearest town is Las Cruces, a nice city about 25 miles west. VERY quiet, remote setting. Small Commissary and even smaller BX, but adequate for the size of this base. I would not make this a stop if in the area again.
April 1 - 4, 2011
L.H. left this review using the Directory softwarfe: - Restrooms at FamCamp are now closed and posted as "Out of Order". Camp overall is in need of some attention but is generally a nice place to stay when visiting White Sands National Monument. The missile museum at the entrance is well worth visiting.
29-31 March 2011
Easy to find if you follow directions - although we did have to ask at the Shopette as some of the roads and streets are not marked, but once park is found, it is easy to pull in and get connected. Due to a record-setting hard freeze in early February the bathrooms and showers in the nearby clubhouse were closed, awaiting repairs. We used to showers in the aquatic center, which were old, in fair shape, but showers were hot and roomy, so can't complain! 50 Amp service, water and sewer connections were easy and adequate, and adjacent covered patio was very nice. Mountains just behind campground were awesome!! Driving around the vast post is allowed, and if you're into tech stuff, there is plenty to see. "Town" is Las Cruces, a nice city about 25 miles west. Lady who runs campground from Outdoor Rec was VERY helpful in answering questions about almost everything. You can buy guns at Outdoor Rec and get them registered. If you're into outdoor activities, hiking is awesome! Nice fitness trail right next to campground is also nice. VERY quiet, remote setting. Small Commissary and even smaller BX, but adequate. We'd definitely stay here again. If you are Air Force, you'll save a LOT of time and hassle if you register your vehicle and display your decal at an Army, Navy, or Marine installation, or one of the few USAF bases that still issues vehicle ID's, because WSMR indeed DOES require either a DoD vehicle decal, or you have to produce license, registration, proof of insurance, and get a temporary pass - a time consuming process. We registered out truck at MacDill AFB in 2010 and have had zero problems at any Army or Navy base since.
14 Nov 2010 - 15 Feb 2011
My wife and I are retired Army, but were staying on WSMR while working as contractors on the Ft Bliss ranges just south of WSMR. Our experience here was quite good. The WSMR contonment area is small compared to most Army bases visited, but has everything we needed except diesel fuel.
We were able to tour the White Sands National Monument and the Trinity Test site while we were in the area. There are also old and active gold mines and trails nearby to explore. The park showers need serious attention. The night security lights were not operational the whole time we were here (we did call the MWR office about it). Parking is very spacious for RV as well as dinghy vehicles. CAUTION** Be sure to watch for Orick (large South African antelope) while driving on SR-213 (War Road). They are big animals and would cause lots of damage if they were hit.
The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, the scenery is awesome and although there's little to do (after the museum, much of the base is restricted), it is a lovely spot for the fully self-contained traveler. For anyone wanting a low impact exercise there's a beautiful walking track right next to the site, 2 laps in the morning and 2 laps in the evening makes a nice comfy 6 miles a day. The open pavilion is a nice respite from so many MWR sites with individual covered picnic tables. However, yes the mens room is in dire need of work, although the desk staff was fast in responding to being informed of the burned out lights.
Very beautiful place, only problem is there are only 8 FHs and there are full timers and unregisteredunpaying guests. Management never checks what is going on, bathrooms are abused and showers are broken in the male side. If these issues were corrected I would give 4 stars across the board.
Dec. 11,12,13, 2009
No open spaces when I arrived. I did not call ahead for reservations and a group had reserved all the spaces from the 9th to the 15th. All the time I was there, there were two open spaces, so don't know what was happening with them. I was told at check in that the group had paid for all the spaces in advance. Stayed in overflow, which is just parking along a curb near the recreation building. It has two 20A duplex receptacles to plug into and that is it. Not that bad for the price. I don't know where nbrown was, but there are showers in the recreation building next to site number 1 and there is a laundry on base that I have used here before. It is a good place to stop and a good base to explore the region. It is small, but nice.
August 16, 2009
The view is awesome and we will definitely return when we have time to enjoy the activities in the area. The sites are not level but do have 50 amps. No restrooms/laundry on site but we did not need these with just an over night stay. The book says 14 miles from Las Cruces but it was more like 20 - 25 miles.