Holloman lake Campground | Wild Camping

United States

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Last Visited: 20 days ago
GPS: 32.81218, -106.12174
Altitude: 1196.0 masl
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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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iOverlander cannot verify if wild camping is permitted at this location. It is your responsibility to verify local laws or obtain consent before staying the night.

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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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.

Sucks in the lake but if the wind is blowing right there is a slight silver smell to it 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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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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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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