Percha Dam State Park has 30 electric/water sites and and 75 non-electric sites. All are within view of the Rio Grande River. I have no camper so I have not stayed here, just wanted to let you know its available.
Nice and shady with the tall cottonwood trees.
Caballo Lake State Park has 7 full hook-up sites, 33 Electric/Water Sites and 250 Non-electric camping sites. All are right by Caballo Lake. I have not stayed here but wanted to let you know it is available. Right by the lake.
The Super 8 Motel in Portales is located on the edge of town near the Eastern New Mexico University Campus. It is also not far from the downtown area. There were no restaurants within walking distance but there were some a short drive away. Ammenities were basic but nice.
The historic Black Range Lodge was started in the 1880s and built on until it was completed in the 1940s. It was built from the remains of at least two saloons. It is in the small town of Kingston, which was the largest town in New Mexico in the 1880s. The area around it is beautiful. Be advised though there are no facilities in the town. You will have to bring your own food or go to the nearby town of Hillsboro for a restaurant.
While you are there, say hello to the resident ghost, Sam!
Beautiful area, historical, great facilities.
Another historic building is The Lodge. The Lodge was built by the Alamagordo and Sacremento Railroad in 1899. It is still a great destination with a spa, a golf course, a fine restaurant, and nice accomodations. There are also reports the place is haunted by the ghost of a chambermaid named "Rebecca" who appears with bright red hair and blue eyes. There is also an annex to The Lodge, a Bed and Breakfast called The Pavilion.
I did not spend the night here just looked around. The Cloudcroft Hotel was built in 1935 and is in the center of the historic Burro Street. The lobby has the pressed tin type roof popular for fancy establishments during that time period. The seven rooms have a rustic Western look and cost from $70 to $110 a night. There is a nice bar next door and a small mall area with assorted shops attached.
This is an independent, old-fashioned motel. Although the facilities were older they all worked and the owners had added a microwave and a small refrigerator. It was a good deal for the price.
This Super 8 is not as new as the Motel 6 on Telshor but it adds the nice touch of a small refrigerator and a microwave. It also has a top notch restaurant/lounge within walking distance of the hotel. This motel was a great value for the low price. I even stayed here an extra night.
This Motel 6 is one of the newer fancier ones. It is still a Motel 6 offering basic accommodations at a fairly low price; just a step up from the older ones. The staff was very friendly and efficient and they even had a high scholl girl working there as an intern. I fully support organizations providing educational opportunities like that and hope more places will do the same. The only bad thing I have to say is it was a little hard to find. There were also no restaurants within walking distance. All in all pretty nice for the price, which was a little more than most Motel 6s but not bad for Las Cruces.
I don't expect luxury when I stay at a Motel 6 but there are some things I do expect and usually get. The people behind the desk are usually friendly and helpful but not here. The facilities were very basic and in need of maintenance. There was no phonebook in my room and when I asked the desk clerk seemed upset. The motel guide was 2 years out of date as were most of the travel brochures. I will probably try another place next time I am in town.
It was cheap!
This motel was very similar to the Days Inn as far as facilities; but was a little cheaper it is also located right on Historic Route 66 and is close to the historic downtown district and the museums. Location is the best part. There are trains nearby but they didn't bother me. I have heard complaints about the facility not being in good shape; but everything in my room worked fine.
Very nice indoor pool area.
Although this motel did not have the microwave and mini-refrigerator I hoped for the bed was comfortable, and everything was clean and serviceable. It was a good deal for the money.
Very nice indoor pool.
Lake Roberts is a small lake in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico. It is fed by the waters of Sapillo Creek and is usually crystal clear (except after a hard rain). The NM Game and Fish Department keeps it stocked with trout. It has become more popular and developed over the years but it is still a beautiful place. There are two developed campgrounds; however, if you don't like to camp out, try the small Lake Roberts Motel. I have stayed there twice (2006 and 2009) and recommend it highly. In 2006 it was good but new owners (Sharon and Bill) have remodeled since then and in 2009 it was excellent! The seven rooms are spotlessly clean and four have kitchenettes. Even the two "standard rooms" have a microwave and small refrigerator. All the rooms are newly furnished with Mexican/Southwest decor and have HD flat screen satellite TVs.
There is a separate cabin (#7) that sleeps 6 people. It has a full kitchen and an outdoor grill (for all those fish that you are going to catch in the lake). In the morning and evening, deer graze in the yard across the street behind the fire station. The Lake Roberts Motel is only a 45 minute drive from the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
As with all states, there are lots of faceless motels along the Interstates. They can offer inexpensive, comfortable, and convenient places to get a quick night's rest. Motel 6 is one such example and we used them quite a bit on our drive west from South Florida in the summer of 2008. What the generally lack is some personality. New Mexico is noted for Bed & Breakfasts especially in towns like Sante Fe and Taos. We unfortunately did not get to stay in any of them as our budget was tight, something we could accept with a six month trip. We did however find a great hostel in Taos called the Snow Mansion. They had a variety of accommodation possibilities including camping and cabins. More details on that great hostel in my Taos page.
With a great climate, Taos is a perfect place to camp if you are there in the spring and fall months when the temperatures are not too extreme. If you are here for nature and the scenery, there is no better way to fully enjoy them than sleeping out under the stars. We found a great spot in Olive Lee State Park and also enjoyed a night of backpacking at White Sands National Monument. Details of those two 4000 star hotels in my White Sands National Monument page.
The park has 62 developed sites ranging in price from $10 to $18 for a site with electricity and water. I do not have a camper so I did not stay here; just letting you know it is available.
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