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Brantley Lake State Park

Carlsbad, New Mexico


33 East Brantley Lake Rd
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221
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Sites: 51
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.56345
Longitude: -104.38031

Elevation: 3316' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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136 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We loved the privacy and quiet of this park! The campground is a long drive off of the highway (watch for cows!), but the roads are in good shape. The ranger station was not open at the specified check-in time, but we had reserved and paid online so we proceeded to our spot (it was never open when entering at other times, but there are self-pay stations at the park entrance and at the campground). The campground host did come around and let us know about the freeze warning in effect. Our back in site was level with a covered picnic table area. As other reviewers have noted, the bathrooms weren't great so we didn't use them. Our dogs enjoyed walks along the trail right outside our campsite. There is quite a bit of wind at times as well as some not-so-great smells from the oilfield across the lake, but it isn't bad at all. We will definitely be back when we are in the Carlsbad area. Be prepared to travel at least 15 minutes to the closest gas station and about 20-25 minutes for groceries. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 132
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The campground has mainly water and electric. There is a dump station but may not be able to get into with 40 foot motorhome. We were there only 2 nights so did not need to dump. The views of the lake are gorgeous and give one a good idea of this high desert country. There are walkways to the bathhouse and limited parking for the baths and toilets. They needed cleaning but were not nasty. Chose not to use. The back-in spot we had was plenty long. We had a covered picnic table that was grounded in cement. Lots of stickers and brambles. Wear close toed shoes and don't let pets get in the weeds. We were about 12 miles from town. Jalisco Mexican is a good place to eat. The roads into and out of the park were good. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns is 40 miles and our hour drive but worth it to see the park and the bat's exit by the 100's of thousands to feed for the night. There is also a desert museum but with the heat many animals were not visible as they would be at early am or dusk but the park is open 9-5.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Stopped at this state park on my way back from Texas. Was a little hesitant due to recent reviews but found no problems. I pulled in a little before 5PM on a Tuesday and got the next to last available first come site. There is a host. Bathrooms are old and worn but clean. What a great deal water, electric and a covered picnic table for $14. For tenters there is an equally nice camp ground with out hook ups but with covered table and restrooms for $8 less than half a mile past pass the RV campground. The park is a little off the beaten path but close enough to both Carlsbad and Artesia to check both towns and Sitting Bull Falls. Rangers made their rounds several times and I was there less than 24 hours. I would recommend making reservations. I was very lucky to find a place and the last site was taken before I got set up. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns, Living Desert State Park, check out boating and fishing hiking trail down to the lake

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 7 days in April 2019. Wonderful views & sunsets. Enjoyed trails. Had a nice site. Terrible experience with bathhouse and garbage. Sign on men's/women's when arrived "no hot water heater - go to KOA for shower." Both signs came down, but the water was still frigid. Many campers grumbling about it. Someone kept signing a cleaning checklist, but bathrooms never cleaned entire 7 days - including over busy Easter weekend. Bathhouse garbage cans and campground cans all overflowing. Ran out of hand soap & T-paper & never refilled despite completed checklist showing all "OK." The only park staff was a daily check at 5:30pm to make sure every camper had paid, but they never used the money to install a water heater or clean up. Visitor center always closed. Overall, a very negative impression. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

North in Artesia, NM, is the Wellhead Restaurant. We were surprised to find gourmet level food there and delicious local craft beer. Higly recommended. $$

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

We were leery driving into the campground but pleasantly surprised with the sites. Each had a shade structure and picnic table. Plenty of room for our 37 ft motorhome and car.
Bathrooms cleanliness was disappointing. No amenities other than a small playground. The lake was very low and you would need to drive to access. Overall a fine place for a night or two. A great value at $14 a night. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Limestone CG at Brantley Lake is a distance off the highway and the pavement is not maintained well. Sheltered picnic table with one wall was some protection from the wind. The lake was not easily accessible for fishing. Within the site it was level but most of the sites were on an incline. Ours was not quite as inclined as others. Using the Relief Route avoids downtown Carlsbad. Camp host was very helpful. OTA channels but no wifi. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Albertson's grocery store was not RV friendly. It was difficult to park our 1T truck.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The park is located on the east side of the dam. Four plus mile ride on a paved road to get there. The sites were spacious, had covered picnic areas and grill. No ground fires although I did see another camper with a bon fire going in the grill. There are two or three full hook up sites at $18 per night. Ours was 50 amp and water $14 per night. The dump station is located on the access road near the entrance to the campsites. It is large enough for a big rig to maneuver in. Great desert views. Wind could be a problem as there are few trees on site. Half of the sites were reservation and half are first come. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad NP is about an hours drive. Guadalupe Mountain NP is about 1.5 hour drive. (You "lose" and hour when you cross the Texas state line. Wal Mart and Albertsons were crazy busy even mid week. Milton's Brewery in Carlsbad was a decent place for a beer.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Great stay for a night or two in the desert. Quiet and spacious. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Bring what you need for your stay. You will be out in the desert. Nice paths.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This is our first visit to Brantley. Been here 4 nights, leaving tomorrow. The park is fine. I wouldn’t call it “beautiful” as someone else has. The lake is a distance away & we have a small view of a corner of it. The rest of our view is flat, limestone, rocky nothing. Only a few sites have sewer at an additional cost. Ours did not. There is a dump station accessible from both sides of your rig. No wildlife to see, either. I’ve been looking and saw one hawk and one roadrunner. It’s also been VERY windy up here; location is a higher elevation compared to surrounding area, and no barriers to block the wind. Site 11 is just big enough for our 35’ motorhome with compact car parked at an angle. Nice gravel area, picnic table on pad with sun cover. Charcoal grill. No ground fires allowed at any state parks right now. Bathroom looked clean, showers are the type where you have to push the button to start the water as you are standing right there where the water shoots out at you, and sign says it can take a few minutes for hot water. Bring a long pole with you or you’ll be starting your day with a cold shower! It’s a LONG ride to anywhere from here. There is one grocery store in town, Albertsons, and our two visits there were total insanity. Could not find parking in the middle of a weekday. Second time someone actually stole my space as I was in process of backing into it! It’s a desperate situation! Walmart is down the other end of town. One hour plus to caverns. New Mexico State Park annual pass is $225 for "out of staters", and for someone who plans to spend more than 22 days a year camping in the state, it’s a no brainer. (I had read that the annual pass gets you free camping, which is not exactly true - it’s free if you’re paying for primitive sites, which cost $10. Otherwise, the pass gets you $10 per day off the cost of your site, so I’m paying $4 per night for this site.) We prefer state parks even without a view! Really not much to do in Carlsbad. The caverns are outstanding, of course! OH! There are oil fields nearby; you can’t really see them from the campground, but if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction I get a faint smell of petroleum inside the motorhome as well as out. Something to be aware of if you are sensitive to odors. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring all your groceries and avoid Albertson's if you can. I think they are building a new Albertson's next door, but really this town needs more than one grocery store!

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Setting was beautiful. Don't even think about taking a shower here though. You have to hold a lever down, it sprays for 30 seconds and NEVER gets hot. Some toilets do not work either. You have to drive about 20 miles to Carlsbad city. Close to caverns also. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Lake loop
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns when the government shutdown is over, Sitting Bull waterfalls.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

This park has a couple small trails but they are rocky. Only a few sites have sewer, but there is a dump station nearby. Electricity is 30 amp only. All sites have a view of the lake which is a bit of a distance away. Great Verizon. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carlsbad Caverns is about an hour south but you need to go there!

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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 45

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This state park we stayed out (our second time) on the way from San Antonio up thru to Santa Fe. We wanted to visit Carlsbad Caverns again so this cheap, clean, easy state park was our first choice. We arrived after dark but knew our way around so we found an open site. There were no open sites in the first come loop but in the reserve loop, there were plenty that had one night only and could be used without a reservation. When we got up the next morning, we looked on line and the site we chose was empty for the entire week (along with half the loop). We stayed two nights and paid each night without making the reservation. Verizon cell and over the air channels work well here. Two nights without sewer was no big deal but there are a couple you can reserve with full hookups. The park is a long drive to Carlsbad and into the park is a long drive off the main rode but we like it enough to forgo that convenience. Self registration and clean bathrooms. The sites are rather short and mostly back-ins but if u want to unhook there is room to put the truck out of the way. A big hill and plenty of walking to the lake etc. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park suites our needs to visit Carlsbad but the town itself has grown because of the near by oil fields. The drive from Pecos to Carlsbad was horrible. Truck traffic and rush hour snarls the entire way. The traffic lights thru town make for a very frustrating drive at times and long lines of big trucks make for long delays. Good Mexican taco trucks and small restaurants plus everything commercial you need.

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Review Count: 171
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Access is paved all the way. Perimeter roads are paved and in good condition. Check in was very easy (self check in). Our site, 49, was a back in with a covered table, power, water with a grill on a stand. OTA TV was good, Verizon was 4 bars. This is a very quiet park. No long terms were noted. There is a 14 day max stay. We used this park as a base to visit The Carlsbad Caverns. It is a bit of a drive but we just didn't like the reviews for parks closer in. We are glad we stayed here. $14,00 for a power and water site is a bargain. There are not services or restaurants within walking distance. Washrooms and showers appeared clean and well maintained. Free dump station just a ways down the road. We would return. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

One must do the Carlsbad Caverns!!!

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a reservable site with sewer hookup that was in the back of the lot. Had to use 2 sewer hoses to reach. Easy to level. Water pressure good. Parking spot big enough for 40' fifth wheel. Had to disconnect. Steps down to the picnic area was kind of nice, yet left little room to step out of the RV on level ground. Easy to get around in our big rig on the inner roads. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

When looking for an RV park that is close to Carlsbad Caverns, this one stands out simply because its so beautiful. Its a bit of a drive (25 minutes from the town of Carlsbad) but the roads are good and the stars are clear at night. Most of the sites have views of the water (and all are just a short walk to the shore line). Its high desert so expect to see rabbits and coyotes; this lake is also on the fly zone so expect to see lots of water fowl. Only a few of the sites had sewer hookups; dump station is conveniently located on the road in/out. We camped at Brantley Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The drive to Carlsbad Caverns is less than an hour. Best grocery store in town is the Albertsons. The local Zoo & Botanical Gardens are a bit tired and in need of attention (so show them some love and drop by).

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