Updated: Mar 12
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Have you ever visited New Mexico? The city that comes to mind is Albuquerque NW, but today we will be talking about a small town called Grants, just outside the city limits of Albuquerque. If you are driving to or from AZ and need to stop close to the boarder, Grants KOA is a great place to park for the night. I want to share my experience visiting this KOA to help you get a better feel for the campground.
When you are doing research on where to take your family on your next camping trip, I always suggest looking up their website, Google reviews and recommendations from family and friends. I share my experiences on this blog to help you also get a feel for the campground and see if it fits your family’s needs. I know the feeling of walking into a campground and not knowing what to expect. It can seem so much more stressful if camping for the first time or going to a new place. My family and I have traveled around the U.S for over 2 years in our travel trailer, looking for fun experiences and to meet new people. I have tried to document as much as possible to help others looking to find more information on this camping spot.
I will be discussing cost, amenities this campground provides, if they welcome pets, and other camping options than RV spots. Also, a few fun family friendly attractions nearby. As always travel long, travel happy.
Today I will be talking about Grants KOA in New Mexico. KOA’s are a great private operated franchise that offers a camping experiencing like no other. They are easy to access with big rigs, often are family centered and provide a great location near attractions and convenience off the highway. I always suggest joining the KOA rewards program, they offer discounts on stays and rack up points that will take off dollar amounts and future reservations. We have had $10, $25 and $50 dollars off our reservations by becoming a KOA rewards member.
We personally visited this campground in March 2021and had an interesting experience. It snowed in March! We paid just under $200 for 3 nights. We were offered full hookups- water, 50 AMP electricity and sewer at our site. We had a pull through site for easier parking. They do offer back in sites that can be cheaper than pull through sites depending on availability and type of RV you have. Check out their website, for more information regarding the cost of this campground.
A pro tip here to wanting to save money on camping experiences, often times a KOA or any campgrounds/ resorts will offer Hot Deals or special savings days throughout the year. Their website should have more information or give that campground a call. For instance, Grants KOA has a hot deal going on in May 12-13 2023 stay Friday night and get Saturday night for $20. They are raising funds to send to kids with cancer all across North America. Get this deal here! Save some money and support a great cause.
After leaving Arizona we were heading towards Texas and this spot was a great place to stop for a few days before making our long trip towards Texas. We however stopped in one more campground in New Mexico, I will give you a hint- it involved aliens! that was very exciting, so check that out here.
Location was the huge reason we stopped here, it is right off the highway in an easy to access location to stay a few nights, or enjoy a long stay. One benefit for staying here, is it is off the highway, but it doesn’t have the highway noise like some campgrounds do.
Some of the amenities offered here are listed below
·50 AMP electricity
83’ Max Length campsites and room for slide-outs
24 hour laundry room
Walking trail- walk into the past with lava bed throughout on this graveled and level marked trails
Snack bar and Kamping Kitchen
Free continental Breakfast
This campground is dog friendly, I know we have a German Shepherd and are always looking for dog friendly campgrounds. This was a huge plus for us and had a lot of fun in the dog park. I love having this clipped to the leash for easy clean up after your dog. Remember no one likes stepping in it, if ya know what I mean!
Grants KOA also offers tent sites and camping cabins in the park. This is a great option for having a true camping experience with tents and get all the amenities included. Also, if you are a full time RV family and have a friend or family member coming into town to visit you, a camping cabin is great for them to have their own space and not feel so cramped in your own personal RV.
Lastly, I wanted to share a few options of attractions nearby that will get you out of the campground and explore a little part of New Mexico. Like I mentioned above, Grants KOA is an hour away from Albuquerque so there are so many in city experiences to explore.
Here is a family friendly list of attractions around Grants KOA campground
Route 66 Neon Drive-thru Sign- grab that photo of Historic Route 66
Variety of fast-food and local restaurants just minutes away
New Mexico Mining Museum – learn about the states rich history in mining
Explore El Malpais National Monument and see diverse volcanic lava flows, caves and bluffs
Adult Hiking spots: Water Canyon Trailhead, Mount Taylor Historical Marker
Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque
Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque.My husband and I visited this museum before we had children and we love race cars and their history so this place was pretty cool.
Overall this campground did its job right and gave us a safe place to call home for a few nights. I want to give it a 7/10 overall rating for its conveniences and simplicity for staying here at the Grants KOA Campground in New Mexico.
Have a wonderful day, as always travel long, travel happy!
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