We stayed at the Las Cruces KOA during the last week of October and first week of November 2019. The weather was mostly in the 70s and sunny except, of course, for a few days around Halloween and Day of the Dead, which saw a cold front move through bringing temperatures down to the mid-50s. Overnight lows varied between the 20s and 50s depending on the day. We had an awesome lightning storm blow through one afternoon. It brought about 2 minutes of rain to the area, which helped clear some of the dust in the air.
Our space was lovely! It was a pull-in site on the bluff overlooking Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains. We easily fit our 40-foot class A along with our truck. The landscaping is desert plants and trees, which gave a little screen between some sites, but not all. Still, it was well-maintained and inviting. This KOA is a Journey, which is our preferred KOA style. It’s meant to be a base camp for you to go explore, then come home to a nice park with basic amenities. The neighbors were very friendly. In fact, we spent quite a lot of time our first day helping some new travelers, sharing wine, and talking with other neighbors about our service in the USAF.
We had 50-amp full hookups with good water pressure. We did lose power one night for about three minutes. It was the middle of the night, so we’re not sure why; but it came back on before we had to do anything about it.
While sites such as Campendium showed good cell coverage for both Verizon and AT&T, we had very slow (irritatingly slow) Internet while we were there – even with our weBoost! We were able to work, but it wasn’t always fast work. We did try the campground WiFi, which was decent; but did not allow streaming or other heavy use.
The staff is very friendly and helped us find a specific event we wanted to attend. They do receive packages at the office, which includes your typical KOA small store. There is a pool, but it is only open during the summer. They have a small playground, fenced dog run, and your basic showers and laundry room. We did not use any of those, so can’t really say what they were like.
Walking around the park isn’t awful, but we were so busy exploring the area that an evening walk was rarely needed. It’s dirt and gravel, and no park or walking trails nearby; but you can do some laps and check out everyone else’s RVs if you need to. Las Cruces is 15 to 20 minutes away and has natural grocery stores, malls, and big block stores on the east side. The quaint little suburb of Mesilla is about 10 minutes away and has a beautiful historic area with a plaza that’s great to explore.
KOAs are notoriously pricey. While I think they’re all a little or a lot overpriced depending on the park, we might still return to this one someday because of the quality, location, and view.
~The Wandering Gants
p.s. We promise better pics of the RV parks for future reviews!