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3 RV Parks near Magdalena, New Mexico
Oct 2014 - $19.00
Small, all gravel lot behind a motel in the center of Magdalena. We were the only ones there for the entire week. The first entrance says “RV Entrance” but if you enter here, there are poles spaced out with the electric hookups on them and you won’t be able to maneuver around without hitting them. Go in the second entrance, where you’ll be able to move around a lot easier. Spaces are marked on the poles, we backed into a space and had the whole place to ourselves. There is no cable, but our HD antenna picked up all the local channels. There is no wifi. We were told we could access the library’s wifi but none of our devices could pick up a signal from it. Our Verizon hotspot worked fine but there is absolutely NO AT&T service whatsoever. The Very Large Array is only 20 miles west and there is a radio blackout over the entire area to minimize ‘noise’ from cell phones and such. Socorro, 20 miles east, has full 4G service. There is nothing in Magdalena and gas/diesel is outrageously priced and there is not even a grocery store, only a Family Dollar. The RV Park does not have bathrooms, showers, or laundry. The owner is really nice, although the RV Park and motel are currently for sale. - LifeRidingShotgun
Sep 2013 - $25.00
Magdalena is the closest town to the Very Large Array Radio Telescope, a scientific wonder that every one ought to see. The town is about five blocks long, and the Magdalena City Marshall patrolled the town regularly. The Western Motel in Magdalena is old, has seen better days, but has recently been purchased by a young couple who has big plans to make it a thriving concern…and are working every day at improvements. The motel had a half-dozen small, plain rooms; the RV park is a walled-in half-acre of gravel out back, with maybe a full dozen hookups. We shared the RV portion with a semi-permanent mobile home, a big rig, a 26-foot tow-behind, and two old cars. The motel & RV park are, like the town itself, at first glance unprepossessing, and I’d not be writing this, except that I find some business owners go out of their way to “show willing” where their customers are concerned, and I’d a lot rather stay at one of those places than at some fancy joint that doesn’t know (or care) what space you are in. The co-owner showed us the park, and mentioned that there were no toilet or shower facilities for the RV area. When I explained that wouldn’t work for us, she gave us the key to one of the unrented motel rooms, and told us to feel free to use whatever we needed in there during our stay, at no charge. Since I got a look at the motel room, I can tell you it was fairly small, but with a king-size bed; the bathroom facilities had been upgraded, and worked well. The shower was small, built for smaller previous generations of Americans. The room and bathroom were very clean and neat, and nicely decorated with a home-maker’s touch. The hookups all worked well. The whole town went quiet after about 9 PM. We stayed one night in an Aliner popup, and paid the standard rate of $25; I noted a Passport sign on the wall, and probably could have got a lower price, but I thought that free motel room access deserved the full price. We found some good, attractively plated food at the Bear Mountain Café & Visitor Center. - 796ccjohnson
May 2012 - $24.00
This is a basic but nice RV park. Some sites are against the back fence - that is where we stayed. Lots of great places to walk the dogs in Magdalena. There is a large area a block west and south of the park - within easy walking distance. Nice level sites. Very quiet even though it was not far from the main road. You need to take take care going in and out because there is a curb at the two entrances but we took it slow and at an angle and we had plenty of clearance. No bathrooms or showers. Within walking distance of the restaurants and shops in Magdalena. We will be staying there again. - Ludmilla
Mar 2017 - $24.00
This is about the only place to go in Magdalena with a larger rig. It was closed for a while and recently re-opened. You need to go to the service station to pay for a site and you just pick one. This could be a really nice RV park if they would do some maintenance. The roads in the park need some grading and a they need more gravel on the roads on the sites. We got a site that was pretty level and had a concrete pad. There are no restrooms, showers or wifi. There is an old trailer that is very unsightly. On the plus side, it is easy to get around the park. It was very quiet during our stay. The power worked fine but it is only 30 amps. The water and sewer were fine. We would go back again but hope they put some money into the park. - Ludmilla
Aug 2008 - $19.00
There are several small parks in Magdalena. We picked this one arbitrarily on our way to see the VLA (Very Large Array). It's on the west end of town and has a motel on site, but the sign said No Vacancy - methinks the maid quit, not that they were full. The swimming pool is a large concrete lined hole in the ground surrounded by a cyclone fence. The basketball court is about 10' square concrete surrounded by weeds. There are small concrete pads at each power pedestal, which are kind of side-by-side. Otherwise, they are back-in. The site wasn't quite level. But, it served the purpose for an overnight stay and wasn't expensive. And there were no trees to block the satellites. We probably wouldn't return here - maybe go on to the campground 14 miles west, which also uses a Magdalena address. - BethnBubba
Sites: 50 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 3 Reviews
May 2019 - $30.00
LARGE sports facility - campground is FHU, level gravel lot, 1 small tree at each site. No tables or fire rings. Due to openness, quite windy - enough to pull slide in if we were sightseeing for the day. NEVER saw any host - reservations done over phone - on site manager available by phone. Did have wifi in the park for park of our stay, then the wind apparently took it out - manager says that is a common occurrence. Nice feature are several very large, grassy fields next to complex - good for playing with the pup. Found 1 restroom building at far end of rodeo stadium that had an unlocked restroom, but no showers noted. park likely crowded during rodeos, etc., but we were alone for several nights. Of course for 2 nights another unrelated camper joined us - assigned a site only 2 away from us, despite the rest of the park being totally vacant! Nice mountain views from the park - good restaurants in Socorro, and the Backcountry Byway and the Wildlife refuge were nice to visit. - Loggenrock
Feb 2019 - $30.00
This campground is primarily for the convenience of folks coming for rodeo events. There are 50 FHU sites, very close together. Sites are 50 feet long and 21 feet wide; each has a young tree. There is no office; we were met on check in by friendly fellows in a truck. A caretaker lives on site to keep an eye on things. The WiFi worked very well. We got several channels of broadcast TV from Albuquerque. The campground is a mile from Socorro, where there is a Super Walmart, a supermarket, laundromats, restaurants, etc. It is 30 minutes to Bosque del Apache NWR; there is a campground much closer in San Antonio. - RI Ramblers
Jul 2018 - $25.00
On our trip from Albuquerque to Tucson, we stayed overnight at this RV park. The park is to support the rodeo and sports complex but when not being used is a great FHU park. We were greeted at our site shortly after we arrived and given information about the park and the WiFi password. There was no written information for reference. The sites were long and wide and there was a small trees that provided some shade. No cable, picnic table, fire ring, or patio.
The street address did not work with our GPS. We used coordinates that got us to the general area and then we followed their signs. When booking online, after the Alamo Line site options, are the Covered (horse) Stall options. Scroll past the stall options to see the rest of the park. (I didn't notice that and thought only Alamo Lane was available.) - lce3