Leasburg Dam State Park
We talked about it and decided that Las Cruces was just far enough north to park the 5th wheel and drive Blanca up to see the folks and get a new spare tire. Up until Carlsbad we were really good about checking the tire pressure on the 5th wheel. The one time we didn’t we had a blow-out. Luckily we were only about 100 yards from a rest stop. Along with the tire, we changed the bearings and added grease. It was a bit scary to think about the long road to El Paso without a spare tire. We made it! Initially, we paid for 3 nights in a primitive spot but extended it 2 more nights to hike the surrounding area. That was a good idea since there was a wind advisory.
In general, parks’ websites have all the right information. We paid $8.00 (5 nights) a night for a primitive spot. Developed sites are $10.00 and full hook-up sites are $14.00. Even at $14.00 that is not too bad.
FACILITIES/SITE QUALITY: 4/4
We chose the primitive area for two reasons; the price and we don’t need full hookups because of the solar panels. We dumped our tanks at the dump station and filled the fresh water in the primitive site area. Developed sites have a water spigots and fire rings. The bathrooms near the playground and ranger station have showers. They heat up quickly and have good pressure. The showers are operated with a button. One press gives you about 25 seconds of water.
The entrance gate it closed at sun down and is opened at 7:00 am. Make sure you ask for the gate code, if they don’t give it to you. We felt the 5th wheel would be safe while we stayed in Albuquerque. We got back after sun down, Sunday and used the gate code.
Leasburg Dam State Park is just west of I-25 in Radium Springs, NM. The park is just north of Las Cruces, NM
PET FRIENDLINESS: 4/4
There are about 2 miles worth of hiking trails in the area. The day use area at the river is closed for the season. The foot bridges across the drain are also closed. We took the drain bridge across on the south end of the park. The drain bridge on the north end was roped off and it look like the south bridge might have been too.
OVERALL RATING: 4/4
This is the first 100% rating we have given. We felt that it was safe enough to leave the 5th wheel for one night.
Aguirre Springs Campground at the base of The Organ Mountains is just 15 miles south east of Leasburg state park. There is a $5.00 day use fee. We hiked Pine Tree Loop (just over 4 miles round trip and about 1000 feet elevation gain) The Organ Mountains are quite unique.