The main gate to Laughlin AFB (entered from US Hwy 90) will be closed from December 6, 2007 to approximately March 15, 2008 for maintenance and renovation. Entry to Laughlin AFB will be strictly through the West Gate, which will be open 24/7. For those traveling, US Hwy 90, turn South on US Hwy 277 (Eagle Pass Highway), which is in Del Rio (look for the McDonalds and Sonic Drive in). Drive south for about five miles, turn East on Spur 317 for about 2 miles to the West Gate. For those coming up 277 from Eagle Pass/Laredo, you will need to be on the lookout for the Spur 317 turn, as you will be out in the country with no landmarks to look for. Once through the West Gate, continue to Liberty Drive, turn right and continue to the FamCamp. When I drove out to the 277/317 intersection two days ago, the base did not have any signage up indicating Laughlin AFB. Hopefully, they will put something up by December 6th.
I will echo other comments . . . very nice famcamp. We only stayed one night as we were just passing through on our way from Brownsville to El Paso. Our only real complaint is that there was no host to pay after hours and we were already on the road the next day when Outdoor Rec opened at 0930.
Very nice, long, wide sites separated by privacy fences. Nice campground. There are bathrooms (just 75' north of site 10), but no showers. This site is well laid out and is easy to get into and out of. BX is within walking distance -- about a block. The sound of freedom from 0700 to 1800 weekdays, but silent on weekends.
Other reviewers have pretty much hit the nail on the head. A couple of other things, however. Laughlin AFB essentially closes down on weekends. BX & Commissary are open but there is no place to eat. Even Burger King was closed. Had a meal in the bowling alley and it was terrible. The library, which has WIFI, is closed Sunday and Monday. You get a strong signal from the parking lot but it is passworded. Got the code from the campground host, it's the library's telephone number. Laughlin is the only campground where during the registration process I was actually asked if I had a firearm. The question must be answered and entered on the registration form. You are not allowed to have a firearm in your RV, no exceptions. It must be surrendered to security and picked up (during normal duty hours) upon departure. The policy is Draconian and tests your honesty.
There's a playground!!! No showers, no laundry nearby, but car care center and BX are walking distance. The camp is next to the airfield; lots of jet noise. A good place to stay a few nights; easy in, easy out. Wide and level pads.
"Free laundry and who cared if there were only 2 washers and dryers. You did have to drive to the laundry as it was not actually in the campground. There are no bathrooms so make sure you are self-contained. The BX was located across the street. 60 day max stay allowed. There is a place to park your boat if you should be so lucky. Paved, level, pull-through pads with privacy fences between sites. Del Rio is a border town so you have to take that into consideration. We enjoyed our stay."
If you are in the area don't pass this one up. Huge paved pull throughs with privacy fences on both sides. All are full hook-ups with 50 amp service plus extra plugs for extensions to those little heaters. Everything is close by including the 9 hole golf course. If you have reservations just pull right onto your lot and then go check-in. The camp host will most likely be right there to help - as he did us. We stayed here a week on our way to the Texas coast from CA and were well rested when we left. We do our computing with a cell phone but here it was easy to just hook up to a land line. Same with cable TV (free).
Great Campground ! Good sized sites, paved, good privacy between sites, Patio Tables, BBQ Grills at sites, Cable TV (approx 75 chnls). Camp Host is very friendly and helpful. Will certainly be staying at this FamCamp again soon.
Lots of room at each site. They are all pull-throughs and must be about 100 ft. long. We found two 30 amp plugs at each site pole in the area set aside for reservations. We had plenty of electricity for big rigs. Daytime noise from aircraft can be a nuisance for some who don't know what the sound of freedom sounds like. It's an easy walk across the street to the BX, Burger King, barber shop, and beauty parlor. A really nice grassy park with large trees and a playground is right across the street from this magnificant FamCamp.
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