We knew right away we may have booked too much time in Alamogordo when the first thing we were asked on arrival was, “how come you are staying so long?” Not a good sign. We were very excited to explore White Sands National Monument, but we had not done much research about Alamogordo. There are other attractions besides the Monument, but it really is the main draw for the area. This was our first stay at a KOA campground, and we were interested to see how it compared to the rest of the RV Parks we stayed at that were not part of larger national chains.
The booking process was done easily through the main KOA corporate booking site. We had previously signed up for the KOA membership plan, which offers a small discount when you book at any of their parks. This particular park offered a weekly rate that was 20% the daily rate rather than the typical 10% KOA membership discount, but I think it is uncommon for KOA to offer a weekly rate. The Alamogordo / White Sands KOA had recently changed ownership, and it seems that they are working on making improvements to the park, but at the time we stayed there the parking areas and facilities were still showing their age. The staff were all very friendly (if not a little nosey sometimes). We had a few packages shipped to us there because it was the first chance we had to get mail in a while. We felt like they kept close tabs on our mail and when we were coming and going. Although, it felt a little intrusive at times, it was nice to know that they are very aware of what is happening in the RV Park.
The park had some pretty standard amenities like club house, restrooms, showers, and laundry, and small supply shop. It also had a pool, that was either not open for the season yet or just being worked on. We did take advantage of the laundry room, which was spacious, had folding tables, and music playing. The RV spaces were pretty tight, mostly due to privacy walls and large concrete picnic tables at each site. At first look the wall and table seems nice, but it made it difficult for us to go in and out of our door, and our awning could only be put out half way. They do lend out sleds from the office to hit the dunes at White Sands, which is a nice bonus.
The office staff scared us a bit when they seemed concerned at the length of our stay, but we kept busy. White Sands wasn’t our only activity. Although, we did visit the National Monument three times while we were there. We probably should have planned better to make a full stop in Carlsbad, but we took a day trip and saw both Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and had a brief visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It was a long day to take that drive from Alamogordo, but we didn’t want to miss a chance to see two more National Parks. A brochure we found at the RV park guided us to pistachio farms and wineries in the area, and we made another day of that. In the end, we made full use of those two weeks.
The Alamogordo / White Sands KOA is an average park, that has good rates. Not bad for our first KOA experience. We will have to see how we feel about KOA’s in general when we have stayed at more of their parks. (We have another one booked for our upcoming stay in San Diego.) We would recommend this park for a short stay if you plan to see White Sands National Monument and also want to have close access to groceries or restaurants.
Alamogordo / White Sands KOA
412 24th Street
Alamogordo, NM 88310