- Date: May 2014
- Location: Bernalillo, NM (just north of Albuquerque)
- Number of Sites: 27 (no full hookups – dump station). 6 w/50 amp & water. 17 w/30 amp & water. 4 w/30 amp no water. Several tent only sites.
- Cost: $18 (electric only), $20 (30 amp/H2O), $22 (50 amp/H2O) per night or $108 – $132 per week (2 week max)
The greater Albuquerque area has several large commercial campgrounds, one of which I stayed at for a month. Having checked out many of them, several will do in a pinch if you don’t mind the large, commercial sites. I tend to like the idea of places that are less commercial and more open. Unfortunately in the ABQ there aren’t any state parks within a reasonable distance, nor are there any boondocking areas. So commercial it is. But is commercial really the only option?
Using one of the many campground locator apps on the market I found Coronado Campground, which is run by the Town of Bernalillo, just north of the ABQ. Conveniently located off I-25, Coronado is a great alternative to local commercial offerings if you are only needing a place for up to two weeks. The only drawback is that it doesn’t offer full hookups – just water and electric.
Coronado is an older campground, but it well kept. It is located right on the Rio Grande and offers views of the river from a few sites. Getting to the further in sites is a bit of a hassle as you have to wind in and out of the other sites to get to the ones closer to the river. Minor hassle.
I stayed in site 17, which was very close to the bathrooms with showers, and actually offered a view of the Rio Grande out my window. Something I didn’t realize at first but then was pleasantly surprised.
Each site has a covered picnic area with an adobe style structure providing protection. Each covered picnic structure has different artwork, which is a pretty cool touch.
You are theoretically limited to a 2 week stay, but when I inquired, the manager indicated that he would work with me if I needed to stay longer. It was very apparent that several of the RVs were there for the long-haul, but most were transitory. This led to a mixture of newer and older rigs, which wasn’t an issue for me, but if you like to be surrounded by shiny new toys, this isn’t the place for you.
The park residents were very quiet. I rarely heard anything. There is a bit of traffic noise from NM 550 which is a pretty busy main drag just to the south of the campground. There is some buffer space, but not enough to totally diminish the noise.
There is an area where you can launch kayaks and canoes in the Rio Grande as well as a separate area for tent camping. Oh, and if you are into casinos, the Santa Ana Star Casino is within eyeshot. Casinos aren’t my thing, so you will have to decide for yourself whether or not it is a good one.
Definitely consider Coronado Campground if you are looking for an alternative to commercial campgrounds in the ABQ.