The day finally came. It is hard for me to describe how excited we were to embark on our very first trip with our RV. Russ and I have both heard from other RVers the importance of a “shakedown” trip – a quick trip to test out our RV and deal with any issues before undertaking a big road trip. Another factor I wanted to make sure we considered, was the space and traffic at the campsite. We have not yet perfected backing in our RV and the last thing I wanted on this trip was to stress about trying to fit into a tight location. With this in mind, a state park location relatively close to home fit the bill. I even went so far as to look at the aerial shots on Google Maps to select the spot that had the easiest access.
So, with reservations at Bottomless Lakes State Park confirmed, we loaded up the “family truckster” and were on our way!
We arrived just after Labor Day and had the campground pretty much to ourselves. The weather was overcast and rainy every day, but it was still extremely enjoyable. The camp hosts, Rita and Kevin D’Elia (click for their blog) were wonderful and really made us feel welcome. In addition to great conversation, Kevin saved the day by having an air compressor handy when we noticed we had run over a nail and had a flat! So within the first 24 hours, we made sure to invest in yet another piece of equipment to have with us and used the surprisingly good, free wifi the campground offered to go onto Amazon and buy a compressor.
For those that aren’t familiar with Bottomless Lakes Park, it is about 12 miles from Roswell, NM. So it isn’t surprising when I heard odd noises outside of our RV in the early hours of the morning that my first thoughts were of aliens. Well, if aliens are little furry grey and black troublemakers that resemble Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy they are highly entertaining (and messy).
The spaces between campsites are ample. We camped at space #23, which not only had easy access to park, but an unimpeded view to the water. The pull-through sites had plenty of privacy with large trees/bushes in between sites as well.
The restrooms for the campground area were clean and the showers had decent shower pressure and hot water.
Russ took advantage of having the beach to himself and jumped in for a quick swim. We were able to capture our dog, Abbey, on video experiencing her first time getting in the water too (in video above). Russ said the water was surprisingly warm but the legend of the giant turtles that lurk in the depths kept him from truly relaxing (note: just a myth – there are no giant turtles that will come up and grab you, Russ!).
We went for walks with the dogs every each day and look forward to coming back in the future to explore some of the trails and take in some birdwatching. We were told there is usually a dock and they have paddle boards available for rent. The dock had recently been damaged and removed but there are plans to have it back in place soon.
Things to be aware of:
- Goathead burrs – do NOT walk barefoot anywhere
- Fire ants
Price: $14/night (incl. water/elec) [$4/night if you have the Annual Camping Pass]
Location: Easy to find, close enough to a town/city for necessities but far enough away to escape noise/light pollution
We had a great time and plan on returning to spend more than 2 days. If anyone has suggestions and/or recommendations on things to do and see, let us know!
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