Raptor Lake (Holloman Lake entrance) | Wild Camping

United States

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9 days ago
Altitude:
1196.0 masl
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Contributor:
eranzohar

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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A little busy with lots of RVs but if you keep driving down the road you can get a little further away from the crowd. However, keep in mind this is essentially a beach so there is no privacy between sites.
Also a little noisy from the military base/airstrip. Multiple take-offs/landing heard though they seemed to stop at night.

All in all, convenient location, free, but not really the feel of an isolated campsite if that is what you're looking for. Great sunset over the lake though!

I saw three species of ducks on the "lake". Road in is easy to miss. Just one vehicle wide over a cattle gate. Start watching closely after you pass White Sands NP, if you are travelling East.

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Ok place. A lot of people there Last night i drove in with like 4 other campers. If you drive further there is space and less people.

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Yes the entrance is tight but feaseable with a 32 ft travel trailer, I was coming from the north, so I need to turn Wide to pass the gate. Lot of place, I was near the small river coming in the lake. We have a small private beach with bieutifull view of the mountains, nice reflection pictures.

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Stayed 2 nights, a lot of options, also a lot of vehicles. Had two nights at the waters edge, beautiful views, really quiet for the number of people around. The second night we drove past the 2nd gate and found a more remote spot. Either wash it was a great place to stay

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Very convenient place to visit White Sands. Fair number of people here in the beginning of February, but still room for more. Others mentioned the gate, and yeah you need to pay attention and watch your turn, especially coming from the north; bit of a backwards angle. Highway noise, yes. Lake somewhat pretty with the mountains, but be aware it's a wastewater lagoon of some sorts (you might glow if you touch it, who knows). I am 32ft plus a car and had no problems. Occasional sonic boom to rattle your windows

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Awesome spot. Great views. 2-3 tmobile 5G bars. Drive past Holloman Lake after the cattle guard which is dry(lake), and the camping is next to Raptor Lake. Use satellite map to see entrance to the area better.

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Other reviews are spot on. Great place to camp when going to White Sand Dunes, decent amount of people but it’s spread out enough that’s it’s still very quiet

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An awesome place to stay when visiting White Sands. Just a few minutes down the road from the park entrance and a quick drive to stores/gas. We parked right on the waters edge and had an incredible sunrise reflecting off the lake. Quiet at night and about a dozen other campers.

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Google Maps DOES NOT know the turn into the campsite. So it stops on the highway and indicates you need to walk into Holloman Lake. Since this is a high-speed highway this confusion can be dangerous.

The real turn the campsite is at (32.8039665, -106.1228744) or "Holloman Lake (Public Access)" in Google Maps.

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Entrance with gate with cattle guard angled so you need to line up right when coming off of the highway, especially if pulling a trailer. We are pulling a 30ft 5th wheel and made it through slowly. Lots of pulloffs. The further back you drive, the rougher the road. We
stopped at the front near the signs and leveled easily. Only 2 miles from White Sands. Pretty views of the mountains.

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Drove pass the Holloman mark, half way between that mark and raptor lake there's a really nice big spot with no other one close by so you're by yourself. Sunsets are insanely beautiful. Spent a few days here. Days are warm and nights are cold.

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nice area with plenty of spots, met Jess and Nate here in 21

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This place was wonderful! it's safe and had an amazing view on the lake ! we will definitely go back at this place

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je suis ok avec les commentaires ,nous y étions vers le 15/12/2023 ne pas louper l entrée et arriver de jour c est mieux pour les trous
,pas d eau ni wc ni poubelle
a 6km du visitor center des dunes
assez calme aprés minuit car il y a la route et des camions

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Lots of RV's big and small are coming and going. But relatively quiet. Some Ducks are on the lake. Great sun sets.

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Pretty nice place, got a nice lake with some ducks, kinda noisy from the jets taking off from the base, but I like watching them. Over all I like it, Not a bad view either, waiting on the sunset. Not a bad birthday at all...lol

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Parfait pour dormir.
Nous étions une quinzaine, ça ne se ressentait pas. Très tranquille. Aucun service, excellent réseau

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Very close to white sands and had a beautiful sunset. Not a ton of privacy and can see the highway but was great for one night. I didn’t notice the smell the further back we went.

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Entrance is tight, especially if making the right hand turn in a larger rig. White Sands NP no longer allows camping so this spot is perfect after visiting the park. Nearly 360 views of mountains and close to the base to watch jets. There are more spots down the road leading around the lake. Wouldn’t recommend attempting to find a spot at night.

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Pulled in just after sunset. Definitely one of the more popular spots. It’s nice, peaceful, but also kinda funny it’s a poopoopeepee lake. Stay right on the gravel road until you see a spot on the left to go to. This way you avoid rolling through peoples camps and the rougher road. A little hard to get potty privacy in daylight since people are right on top of each other.

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Beautiful spot right next to White Sand NP. We heard some noise making us think they’re might by rats or something around tho… don’t know for sure.

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A bunch of RVs but everyone was inside. Quiet and dark. No noise from the base next door. Near White Sands NP. Will stay again.

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Great spot for the night! Arrived after dark and had no issues on the dirt road or accessing a site. Was surprised by the lake and mountains this morning!

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Great spot that’s super close to White Sands NP! Nobody around us and was real quiet outside of the 3 fighter jets we got to watch take off before bed! 🤙🏼 We only got a whiff of the pond one time briefly. VZW pulling 55/20Mb. Cool mountains all around the distant view.

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A cattle guard pull off right off the 70, a great place to stay for a couple of nights. We stayed for 1 night and the stars were amazing and the view of the lake was great. The sulfur smell wasn’t bad only happened once, in the morning and then went away. Only two other cars came, pretty late and then left early in morning. Flat, dry, and opened for wind. Great place for a quick stop.

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Following coordinates, arrived at the Lake on Monday at 8pm, catching a beautiful Sunset & set up camp, only one more RV on site, land is pretty flat easy to level my rig for the night, turning the generator.
Access was tight but enough for my trailer, 2 internet Bars, we could barley hear traffic on highway.

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Very convenient if you're heading to White Sands. Several places for both large and small rigs. Google Maps was spot on for the entrance. It's little rough the first 500ft, but smooths out quickly. Stick to the trails/roads because there are soft spots. When we pulled in around noon, we were alone, but by 3pm a few more folks have come out. Plenty of space.

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Awesome spot near white sands. Quiet and with weboost 5 bar att signal. Off roaded a bit to find a nice spot, but that's not necessary.

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Stayed here for one night as it was so close to White Sands. Great spot and perfect place for sunset. The air base is close by so during the day you can hear the planes but at night it was pretty quiet. There were a few others here, but the space is spacious so we all had our own areas, felt safe.

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Great place. Relaxing. Beautiful sunset with the lake on one side, mountains on the other. Can hear road noise but it’s still very nice. Would recommend getting here before dark tho as the spots seemed to fill up quickly

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This is a great place for a night. The sunset is fantastic, it’s relatively quiet since it’s far enough from the freeway. We were a little concerned it might be smelly at this warm weather but it turned out to be no issue. It’s only a few minutes from White Sand National Park.

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Amazing spot right next to a decent sized lake! Stayed only one night but would absolutely stay again. Far enough away from the road you can’t hear passing traffic, enough room for quite a bit of RVs and travelers. Only six others stayed near us last night, we all had our own little area, but what a stunning view to wake up to and watch sunset at!!

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Nice place. Very windy. But this is a vety beautiful place. 5 minutes from White Sands National Park.

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Not far from the road but peaceful. Lots of rv and tent campers. Lake didn't smell at all. Nice sunset!

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Amazing location!!!!! 5 min away from white sands national park but far enough away that it’s peaceful. The spots closest to the road didn’t smell and were more level, the further in we went around the back side of the pond had some odor so we just stayed up front. The wind is unreal here though, like we are so dried up and couldn’t set up anything outside because it would just blow right away. No shade but the wind keeps you cool even on a hot day. It was so nice we didn’t want to leave! Camp sites are semi close but not too bad. It’s worth it 100%

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Conveniently located right next to white sands national park. Pretty crowded. Lots of bugs and kinda smelly. Overall nice place for the night. Pretty view at sunset. Felt safe!

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Great space, stayed a couple nights. Lots of rigs. Gravel road goes super far in and is passable with 2WD and low clearance. Lots of spots and some roaming cows!

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We are full-timers in a 36 ft Class A with a Cherokee Trailhawk tow. We were here for a few days in early April. There are only a handful of other campers here on a Monday afternoon. It was quite windy the day we arrived with wind speeds of 25 mph and gust up to 40 mph, which kicked up a little dust from time to time, but the weather was beautiful otherwise. Much the same forecast for tomorrow, but the wind is supposed to die down a fair bit on Wednesday. As others have mentioned, getting to some of these back sites can be a little rough, but if you go slowly, it’s not too bad, even in our rig.

AT&T coverage was quite good, with 3 Bars of 5G service and speeds up to 4.5 MB/s. We had an unobstructed view of the sky and so we were able to receive all 3 SW Dish satellites and Starlink had up to 5 MB/s. We didn’t try to load any OTA channels.

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There are about 5 other RV here at the same time. fire rings near the lake. No trees. No shade. Very windy. Far enough from the road that you can't hear it. Good place for overnight.

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great couple of days, busy lots of RVs and vans. not smelly. saw 4 species of ducks and got great pictures. Entrance off the highway is easy to miss. It is just one vehicle wide and enter over a cattle grid. start watching as you pass White Sands NP

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Good place for the night when visiting white sands! packed with campers but bunch of spot to park!

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windy today, but sunny. backing up to the lake is a nice view. okay spot.

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Came here late Sunday night during March break. Found a spot easily. Be aware of the warnings about the water on google maps reviews. Do not touch it! Beautiful sunset regardless and quiet respectful overlanders around.

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A great place for overnight close to the NP of White Sands. Many RV are here. Safe and quiet

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Great spot, close to White Sands, a bit crowded.

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GREAT SPOT!!!!! Stayed here 3 nights w/o any issues. Had great weather for my visit to White Sands but the next two days was chilly & rainy. No bad smell, no bugs & everyone around was friendly. Pack in , pack out!! No amenities.

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This was a super solid spot to stay overnight. Absolutely beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Not crowded at all and very quiet at night. We saw big rigs, vans, trailers, and truck toppers.The skies are amazing at night. Definitely will stay here again. A 5 minute drive to White Sands NP! Can’t beat that.

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Right by the lake. As everyone else said, just 5mins out of WhiteSands National park and before you get to Holloman Air Force Base, hang a left past the lake and up the dirt road. Find a spot by the water and watch the sunset. Jet noise during the day but quiet at night.

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Beautiful lake, with even better views. No smell, there was a quite a few people out here though

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Nice place and the only one near White Sands National Park. The sunset on the lake is wonderful. But it is noisy: we hear the truck on the highway, lot of
fighter jet are doing trainings and Predator drone are flying. There are also lot of RV. In short it is practical to go to NP but it is not a dream place.

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Great spot for several rigs including large. Entrance very tight S curve. Just made it with our 38 ft with toad. Recommend approaching from the west. Easier on the way out. This is a waste disposal evaporation pond so some sulfur type smell but nothing crazy. Amazing sunsets! Not far from White Sands NP.

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Quiet spot, near the park. No amenities. 1 bar of 5G, enough to work.

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Earlier descriptions are accurate. Easy access. Room for lots of rigs.

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Endroit parfait près du parc White Sands couché de soleil magnifique ... perfect spot near White Sands NP

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No smell, gorgeous lake with no trash and no signs against staying the night. Not super crowded, found a great spot with no problem, but could be because it’s winter? Free, safe, pretty & close to the national park. 👍🏻

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Stayed 2 nights, never noticed any bad smells. 2 bars Verizon.

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Great place to stay while visiting white sands, plenty of room even though there were lots of other campers. Beautiful views at night and in the morning. Jets taking off a bunch but I thought that was cool. No smell and free can’t beat it

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Perfect spot for getting to White Sands early or arrive late. Literally 4 min drive.

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Busy but quiet, chill and safe. Okayish terrain. So conveniently close to White Sands. Would stay again!!

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Wow! They aren't kidding about the sunsets. Truly something special.
There are quite some RVs here, but you can get a bit of privacy if you head in further.
I had a bit of trouble finding the road in - navigate to "Holloman Lake (Public Access)" on Google and head north on that road, if you aren't sure where the road is.
PS it's still evening but no smells yet 🤞

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Hollaman is CLOSED right now. There was a sign posted on the gate (and gate is locked) saying it would reopen on 10/7 after removal of salt cedar and a prescribed burn. Stopped 10/24/22. Went to dog canyon dispersed site outside of state park about 20 minutes further and it’s chill!

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New paper posed says closed for safely concerns. Gate locked

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I was a bit nervous staying the night, because part of the road around the lake has been blocked off with huge boulders and there are signs that say “no off road use by any vehicle”, and while the camping spots seem to be accessible by well used paths, they aren’t really “roads”. Dont know how long those signs have been there, and maybe the camp spots don’t count. I don’t know. Didn’t see anyone patrolling at night or in the morning, so probably fine. There was already one other van there when I got to the actual campsite at the edge of the lake, so when I saw them I felt a bit better.

Only had a smell from the lake for about 30sec, and other than that didn’t smell anything. There are birds that call through the night, and slight road noise, so if you are a light sleeper it might not be the best spot. I’m a pretty heavy sleeper and slept great. No natural shade, so plan accordingly, but depending on your setup it could be a great spot for you when visiting WSNP.

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Spending a night here was ok, we first arrived in mid afternoon but decided it was too hot to set up. Came back at sunset and it was lovely but very windy. We had the whole place to ourselves when we went to bed but woke up and saw other rigs on our way out. I will say… there wasn’t a smell at night, but in the morning it was overpowering. I would recommend just spending the night here and bouncing first thing.

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This is a very great place we got in yesterday afternoon and stayed the night left around 8 AM.. Amazing sunrise, amazing sunset, we we did have a slight smell but nothing harsh are overwhelming.

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Gate has a sign that says it always remains unlocked. So even if the gate is closed, you should be able to open it. It was open when I got there. Beautiful little spot. No bad smell when I was there.

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Gate was closed 4/23/22 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Was honestly turned off by all these reviews about the smell but we gave it a shot anyways. I’m so glad we did because we did not experience any sewage smell! Maybe it was just the desert goddesses doing us a solid because we also were gifted this beautiful sunset. Just here to say go for it!

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We came here after visiting and seeing sunset at white sand NP. We stayed 1 night, arrived late and there was space enough. No bad smell for us, I guess we were lucky. No good reception with t-mobile. Nice flat spots with front lake. Bm.aroundtheworld from Switzerland

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camped here for a night in our 37' travel trailer and truck. plenty of room for even bigger rigs. We felt fine leaving it to go play at white sands during the day and had no issues both times. White sands does have RV parking in the park, or big enough spots I should say. we would have had no problem taking the trailer. The smell is horrible. and I do mean horrible. I can handle a lot but the smell here pushes me to my limit. One night is long enough. The actual turn off is before Google map says so keep an eye open.

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Pulled up and after two minutes of that god awful smell we decided to try different dispersed sites. No idea how people were out there looking over the “wastewater evaporation pond” (as the signs at this “lake” call it) and breathing in that disgusting smell. Probably the worst scent I’ve ever smelled. 0/10 do not recommend.

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Not the nicest camping area, lots of people around, the lake smells like sewage. It is quite unpleasant. You get lovely wafts of sewage smells. I would just make the drive to Las Cruces to stay there and skip this campsite. It was a nice sunset.

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We stop here with our RV. It is a wastewater evaporation pond and it smell so awful. To bad the view is nice but not able to stay with that smell

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This looks like a great spot for a nice lake view if you are self- contained in a van or RV. I, however, had a tent and came in on a super windy day - between the wind itself, the immense amount of sand that it was kicking up, and the fishy smell of the lake that was whirling around, I ended up unable to stay here. I opted for Dog Canyon, where the wind was also bad but there was definitely a noticeable improvement in the intensity vs. being right on the lake, if that matters to you. I also felt like I had a lot more privacy at Dog Canyon, as Holloman Lake is more of a large sandy beach area where you can see other vehicles pretty clearly (not much shrubbery for privacy). And seriously, the toxic lake freaked me out a bit - you can tell it's not a healthy color and it just smelled so fishy. Maybe could be a good option if the wind isn't too bad

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Drive west on the highway until you spot an open gate to your right. Not a place for privacy but it was safe and the sunsets are pretty. If it's windy, I'd avoid - this is a wastewater area and the smell is real.

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Rainy today but looking forward to a cool day tomorrow, lots of campers but plenty of room and space between everyone.

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Stayed here in our tear drop during our visit to White Sands National Monument 3.5 miles away. Gorgeous views of the sunset on the man made lake. We didn’t notice any smell. It was very windy during some points of our stay. Great view of the AFB and we saw about 5 takeoffs an hour.

It is suitable for big rigs, RVs and tent camping. I would get there early though as they fill up quickly.

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We were able to conduct video (zoom) calls on both Verizon and AT&T. Lake is beautiful and disgusting, but didn’t smell while we were there (it was cold and snowed so I’m sure that helped). There was a a lot of broken glass around, so we made sure the kids always wore shoes when outside.

Lots of people, so get there early and expect people to camp right by you (we could have high fived the folks that pulled up next to us 3 of the 4 nights). There are a few sleds to borrow at the entrance.

Cloudcroft is a fairly close drive and has an awesome brewery! Do the Pistachioland tour if you like farms!

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A bit crowded, but otherwise fine. Wind kicked up the (toxic‽) dust in the morning, so I didn’t finish cooking breakfast outside (fortunately I was able to brew my coffee).

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great location for White Sands. I can't really add much else that everyone hasn't already said. If the front looks full, keep driving down the road. plenty of spaces on the lake and back off the lake.

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Great spot, can access more private spots with 4x4 or high clearance vehicles. Great Verizon signal and no traffic noise. Free!

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Awesome camping spot! We drove towards the back and parked overlooking the water. No smells, 30* temps probably helped with that. Gorgeous sunrise and mountain views. We parked late at night and saw 2 or 3 jets take off from the base but that was it. Peaceful and quiet at night.

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Great place! Close to White Sands. Close to Walmart. Some spots by lake. Air Force flys during day. Stops at 5. And not on weekends.

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Great place to stay for a few nights. Lots of other vans/RVs. 5 minute drive to White Sands

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Popular spot, even in January on weekdays. Several Class A’s and fifth wheels, along with a handful of vans in every style. It’s the desert, so there’s no privacy. Though enough space that my closest neighbor is in shouting, not speaking, distance.

There’s noise from the airfield next door during the day, but not heinous - jets aren’t launching over the lake. Verizon LTE 2-4 bars depending on spot. Finding a level spot is tricky if the first few spots are taken.

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Nice peaceful spot off the highway - amazing sunsets!

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Second time here. We rolled in around 6pm and there were still spots. Doesn’t seem to be buggy this time (December)

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Easy to find and easy to get in. Large enough for a class A towing a vehicle if you stay around the lake. Great sunrise/set. If the wind is blowing right there is a slight silver smell to the lake but nothing too bad.

Verizon bounced between LTE and 5G with 3-4 bars of service.

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Spent 3 night here when I was in the area checking out white sands . I recommend it.

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Great area once again the driveway is a little tight for bigger rigs. Good cell coverage right outside of town easy to get supplies. Limited lake front parking up front make you way to the back if you want to park by the lake. Didn’t see what the stay limited was. But I would guess the average 14 days rule.

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Pulled in after visiting white sands on a Tuesday. Most spots on the “lake” already taken but found a great spot just in time for a great sunset. Good LTE signal.

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Great location to stay when visiting White Sands NP. Large campsites, fire pits, and beautiful sunsets. We found trash and evidence of people using the area around the campsite as a toilet, so we cleaned up as much as possible. Please respect our shared resources!

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It’s a quiet spot right off the road. I wouldn’t advise swimming in the lake. There are ducks swimming and the sunset is beautiful. There were a few others camping here. It use right down the road from white sands national park. Debating on staying here another night.

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Great place to camp right off the highway. Beautiful at sunset. Lots of room and could tent camp here.

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Don’t know why it’s marked as Closed, because there are several campers here right now. The gate right off the highway to the gravel road had a sign saying, Gate shall remain unlocked at all times.

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Great spot! Easy pull in/out, dirt road with some potholes, and plenty of space for multiple RVs. We had no problem finding a spot on Saturday at 6pm. Three A Classes were already parked when we arrived. No smell, great breeze, and a beautiful sunset.

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We stopped at Holloman Lake (in route to White Sands NP) to conduct a recon mission for a future trip. Audubon.org identifies the site as an important bird area in the state and region (https://www.audubon.org/important-bird-areas/holloman-lakes). The gate at the head of the access road was OPEN so we drove up the 1/4-mile dirt road to the Lake. We already missed the migration so there weren't birds to speak of, but there was water in the lake and plenty of room for vehicles to space themselves out if needed.

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Stayed here in 2018, and it was a beautiful if smelly experience. The lake is treated sewage and was shut down in the summer of 2020 due to pollution and high levels of toxic contaminants. The state of New Mexico is suing the Air Force to try to get them to clean up this lake along with a few others near other bases. You can Google it if you want to read more, but expect this spot to be closed for years until the situation gets sorted out.

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Still closed. We had hope. But no luck. It looks like it would be a great place to crash for the night.

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Gate is locked and sign states "Closed per State Police".

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Gate is locked and sign states "Closed per State Police".

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Tried to stay here but Cather hate was closed with a sign saying the campsite is no longer open

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We were there yesterday. We had little dinner, the place was empty but we didn’t spend the night. There was a light “fishy”smell,probably from the lake.

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flat, open, easy access. only one other vehicle here. you can hear the road but it's not too loud. the lake smelled bad for a bit but I guess the wind changed and then it was okay. not a bad place to spend the night!

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Spectacular lake sunset. However does resemble a little bit the smell of the Salton Sea

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We stayef there 2 nights. Wonderfull. It is only sometime closed.

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We came too late for enter the white sand national monument. The monument police advice us this place. It's a free place from the Navy for camping at the lake side. They told here is nobody patrolling.
When we arrived there where a lot of other campers and there is a lot of space.
Very quiet, clean, dirt road. In the night very cold. Nobody bothered us.

We don't know about the actual status of contamination of the lake.

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CLOSED

Ordered closed due to contamination of the lake. Entry is now gated.

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Ótimo lugar para dormir, super tranquilo, com uma vista linda, um amanhecer e entardecer top. Fica a poucos km do Parque Nacional White Sands. Grátis.

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I decided to car camp here last night after my tent blew away in the desert mini storm that I got stuck in at White Sands.

The entrance is right off the 70....if you are driving at night, drive slowly as the entrance is easy to miss (small steel gate ).

I ended up not staying for 3 reasons:

1. there was a lingering bad odor that bothered me (it was a musty odor...maybe I was parked close to the water?).
2. biting insects. this was the primary reason. it was hot and humid and I would have to sleep with my window slightly open and I didn't want to get surrounded by these pests.
3. I was dog tired after multiple hikes yesterday with the last one involving running away from the storm before I got hopelessly lost in the dunes!

ended up staying at a motel in alamogordo.

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Quiet spot with a great sunset over the lake. Super close to the white sand NM and very flat. Will definitely stay here again in the future.

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Last Update: Air has cleared. No smell at this moment. Maybe I was being cropdusted by my partner before.
Update #3: Ignore my initial comment and 2nd update. There's definitely a smell right now.
Update #2: Ignore my previous comment but not my initial comment. Smell went away. I can breathe again.
Update: Ignore my previous comment. I think I smell something.
The spots are spread out so you have some privacy and distance from your neighbors. We didn't notice a smell.

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We do had the bad smell the weekend, but since this spot is 5 minutes from the national park, we used only for overnight. Easy to get in with our 32' RV. good verizon signal. 3 other RVs where there and 1 tent. very calm place.

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Nice spot as described, lots of folks here as of ~4 pm but plenty of space. There’s a definite, low-laying smell resembling that of a porta potty coming from the lake. It’s not enough to make me leave but I could see how it might get bad on a really hot day. Can’t beat the access to white sands

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Yup no smell for me either. Great site & a beautiful lake close to white sands and for being so close to the freeway it isn’t that loud either.

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Great spot about 7km for White Sands NM. Look for the road with the brown sign with binoculars & 61. Lots of other campers! Cool to watch the fighter jets fly above.

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Good place to visit white sands, many others use this spot as well but overall really quiet.

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No bad smell today. Great view of San Andres mountain. Easier for small rigs. Good for at least one night. Brown sign on highway 70 showing no 61 and binocular.
Pas de mauvaise odeur aujourd'hui. Vue magnifique sur les montagnes de San Andres. Plus facile d'entrée pour campeur VR 24 pi et moins. Indication sur la route 70: affiche brune avec un icône de jumelles et no 61

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nice view, no smell. would recommend.
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A great peaceful lake for overnight camping close to Alamogordo and White Sands National Monument.

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Really wish the admin note about the smell wasn’t pinned to the description of this spot, it’s really off putting. No smell at the time I visited, absolutely lovely! Could not get any closer to White Sands outside of tent camping in the park, literally 5 minutes away. Occasionally jet engine noise from the air force base next door, otherwise very quiet for being so close to the road. Tons of room for rigs of all sizes. There were 5 or 6 other vans/cars/rvs while I was there and we were all easily able to keep distance from one another. Sunset views over the lake are stunning.

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As the last person said. Great camping spot with an stunning sunset over the lake. No smells this time of the year.

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We loved this place, close to town, great views, base police in regularly. Occasional smell from vegetation rotting in the hot sun depending where you park but wasn't consistent. Will definitely return. Get in early, the good spots are taken quick.

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Camped on the very north end of the lake and had some privacy. Nice place for a night, no smells with usable Verizon cell service.

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Large loop to follow. Parking available in a lot of pull off spots along loop.
Was crazy windy this evening shook the bus the whole night!

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Beautiful lake, plenty of other vans and campers when we were there. No smell either.

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Money spot. 6-7 other people here. Amazing view of the sunset over the mountains and water.

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Nice and quiet, no amenities, just outside the park, lots of room and a great view of small lake.
Can hear traffic in the background and occasionally a jet fighter.

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No weird smells here today - just nice views, peace and quiet right beside White Sands! Great spot for the night

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Easy and convenient free spot near white sands park. No weird smells while we were here (probably because it was cold). Big parking area with lots of room.

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Great place out of town. Quiet and serene. No smells in winter. Several others were with us.

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No smell during 2 cold nights in early November. Quite a few other campers there but lots of spots available and it's a great place to stay when visiting White Sands. You'll probably hear aircraft noise from the AFB next door - I loved it!

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great place, no smell, not too big noise from the road.

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Nice quiet spot near white sands.
The only bad point is odor due to seaweed and water on hot day

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This place smelt so bad today it was uninhabitable. There were no other campers here, which I was quite surprised about, until I exited the truck. Despite it being 8:15pm at night we had to leave to drive to another place as there is no way anyone could cope with that smell. I have no idea what it was from.

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A little busy with lots of rvs but if you keep driving down the road you can get A little further away from the crowd. However keep in mind this is essentially a beach so there is no privacy between sites.
Also a little noisy from the military base / airstrip. Multiple take offs/landing heard though they seemed to stop at night.

All in all, convenient location, free, but not really the feel of an isolated campsite if that is what you're looking for. Great sunset over the lake though!

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Good for a night. Free and quiet with a few other people

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Free, public overnight parking next to a lake. Usually a couple of cats every night.

3 miles East if White Sands, turn at the sign reading “61” and a pair of binoculars.

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Free Camping at Hollowan Lake near White Sands National Monument. This is a big area with many places. The highway didn't disturb us.

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Nice place in the front of the lake (some sewage smell time to time). We stayed 3 nights.
Close to white sands and Alamogordo.

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Lots of free spots along the eastern edge of the lake. We stayed last night and will again tonight. The park employees suggested we camp here. Be careful as we saw a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake along the concrete blocks that are on the shoreline.

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Free campsite. No amenities. Some noise from trucks on the highway.

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Nice place for a night or so. Lots of people but there's plenty of space for everyone. Some people had noisy generators running all night. Minutes from White Sands. Legal, free, no amenities.

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Great place. No smells. Some airforce activity above us. Stayed for 4 nights.

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Nice spot by the lake just off the highway. Access for all vehicles. Fire rings, nice sunset. Some highway and plane noise (airforce base right next door), some trash.
Level, no shade, legal, free. Had a very cold night.

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Beautiful sunset, quiet and nice spot. No smell, probably because it was freezing cold.

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very nice, quiet spot near white sands national monument. we were able to watch the sunset and easily pull in here for the night.
the only down side is that it smelled horrible (sewage type smell) for about an hour at sundown. almost enough to make us leave late night, but it went away. I'm glad we didn't leave because it is a great spot, but that was pretty gross.
all in all, a perfect free spot to visit white sands.

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Amazing place with 3 other campers and 2 cars. Miles Great view over the lake and mountains

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Lovely dry camping spot at the lake. 3 other RVs, each parked well away from each other so everyone got a private sunset over the mountains. FREE

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Nice and open right by the lake. Free. Easy to get to and right near a town. Alamogordo. I'm pretty wide and 38' plus a tow car and made it in no problem.

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Nice free place at the lake. We didn't see other people. Lake is not for swimming.

We asked at White Sands NM where we can stay over night. They said with tents you are allowed to sleep inside the park but with the car not. Then they recommended this place. So it is quite offical.

White Sands NM is very beautiful, especally in the evening when the sun is lower.

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Free camping near the lake.

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