Thursday, March 10, 2016

Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

The next stop on our winding way home was Carlsbad, New Mexico. We decided to stay at Brantley Lake State Park during our time here.

The park is just northwest of Carlsbad, on US 285. It is located on Lake Brantley, the southernmost lake in New Mexico. The lake is fed by the Pecos River. It offers various water sports (boating, swimming, fishing, etc.) as well as hiking, bird watching, and camping. The park has 48 developed camping sites with water and electricity. 38 sites have 30 amp service while 10 have 50 amp.

When we made our reservations at the park, we were billed the full amount. We thought this was odd. When we arrived, we sort of figured it out. There was no one at the headquarters when we arrived, so we drove on through the open gate. We knew our site number, so once at the campground, we drove to our site. Sure enough, on the little sign with the site number, our name and the dates of our stay were attached. So, we set up. During our entire stay there, we had no contact with anyone representing the park. The official host site was vacant, and we saw no host on duty. I did see a park truck on the road once, but other than that, I felt that all the guests, including us, were mostly on our own. Also, we noticed signs pertaining to the first 15 sites in the camping loop. It indicated that electricity in these sites was not working. Three of these sites also had sewer hookups, so that was a real shame.

Our site was level for the most part from side to side, but from front to back there was nothing level about it. We did like the covered picnic table at our site. We also enjoyed the little visitors we had, which included rabbits, road runners, and prairie dogs. The campground was at least half full, so there were quite a few campers. A short distance away is a day use area, but when we went down there, no one else was there. There is a playground for youngsters next to the restroom area, which included 3 showers. All park roads are paved, as are the sites.

We were unable to pick up any signal on our TV antennae, but we did pick up 3 or 4 radio stations out of Carlsbad.

I didn't take many pictures of the park, but below are a few.

Our site, #27. Note the slope from the back of the trailer to the front. Nice covered picnic table. Nice trees.

The back side of our trailer in site #27. We had water and 30 amp service.

Looking west along the campground road from in front of our site.

Looking east along the campground road from in front of our site. Notice the vacant site at extreme left.

View of Lake Brantley from the campground.

Playground area near restroom. A portion of the lake near the dam in barely visible in background.

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