Where we stayed: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Why we went there: We needed a base of operations for our time at White Sands. The only camping they allow is back-country. Oliver Lee is about a 25-30 minute drive to the Dunes.
How accessible for RV’s: You can fit about any sized rig in any site. There are 44 total sites. About 7 are reservable. A lot of tilt to most of the sites because it’s in the foothills. One note, if you have GPS, DO NOT turn on Taylor Ranch Rd like our Garmin and Google Maps told us to. It becomes a dirt road that gets fairly rough. If you follow the signs it will take you in on Dog Canyon Rd. (We had to disconnect so I could turn the rig around and take Dog Canyon.)
Are there hookups: There is a dump station/water on the left upon entering the park. 16 sites in loop A have 30amp and water hookups. We stayed in loop B which has a few water spigots between sites and no electrical. Love our solar panels!
How much does it cost: For someone staying long-term in New Mexico, they have a great camping pass program. As an out-of-state resident we could buy a pass for $225 which would allow us to camp every night for a year in a state park, with a 14 night limit per stay. If we were going to be staying in the state for a while, it would be a heck of a deal. As it was, we paid $10/ night for our site. To get electrical it’s $14 ($4 with the annual pass).
Quiet Hours: 10pm-6am. Wasn’t too big of an issue as most everyone was staying in loop A with electrical. There was a generator running a few sites down, but it could really only be heard when we were outside.
Why we loved it: Pretty cheap, with the option to be unbelievably cheap. Sites were nice and spread out. Right at the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains. Dog Canyon hike leaves from the visitor center. Free warm showers. Close proximity to White Sands National Monument. Lots of rabbits. Potential for other wildlife too, we just didn’t see any.
Things we didn’t like: Just so I have something to put here, I would say the sites could be more level on a whole, and quite hours could be longer 😉
Would we go back if in the area: Yes