If you are looking for a place to stay near Albuquerque we’ll give you all you need to know about the Albuquerque KOA by the end of this post. Stay until the end to learn the one item that may make you choose a different campground.
Before we get into details let’s first talk about the price. A pull through site runs about $60 per night for two adults. We have 3 kids and 2 dogs, too. So, we would pay closer to $75 per night for a pull through. Back in Sites, tent sites, and cottages are also available at reasonable price points. Of course, if you have the KOA rewards card you can save 10% when you reserve your stay. Comment below and let us know what you think of KOA charging additional for kids and pets. We’re curious to know what you think of that pricing strategy. If we get some dialogue we’ll share our opinion.
When you pull into a campground there are often housekeeping items that need to be tended to. If you need to get some laundry done there is a coin laundry available located in the west bathroom building and the bathrooms and showers are clean and well serviced. The park store is well stocked, and the staff are nice and courteous. There is also a propane refill station on site where RVs first pull in if you need to top off your tanks. Looking at the map you will notice back in sites around the perimeter and pull through sites throughout. Cottages are located on the east side of the park and there are a few tent sites on the eastern end as well as an area for group tenting. The play areas and pool and mini golf are located near the front office.
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Next up, let’s talk about the check-in process and what you will find at your RV site.
The road was long and hard for us as we left the Grand Canyon that morning and had a fun stop for pictures and short hikes at Petrified Forest National Park. We pulled into the KOA just off I-40 late in the afternoon and noticed it is in the middle of a sketchy urban area. We saw a lot of barbed wire around businesses on the way to the KOA. There is an electric gate to the KOA and it is completely fenced in. We didn’t feel at all worried to spend the night. As weary travelers we were happy to be off the road. Check in went well and we were told how to get to our site with the map and some directions. Many other KOAs guide you to your site but they may have been shorthanded that day. Still, we were tired and are good with maps and found the site easily.
We pulled into the site and didn’t notice how far the sewer was behind the RV. Even with my extension we were unable to hookup. We have a 35’ Class A and we pull a Ford F-150 supercrew so it may just be the way we are setup. I pulled out of the site and gave it another go. We just barely got the truck off the road and onto the site and setup camp for the night. From that spot we were able to hookup fully. The power mast, fresh water, and sewer were good hookups. Sites vary in electric. Ours on the west side had 30/50 and 20 amp plugs. However, make sure you bring extensions if you stay here. We needed them. The site pads are paved and level and the sites are landscaped with stone. Picnic tables are included at every site.
Next, let's talk about the amenities at the Albuquerque KOA. and coming up later we will talk more about Albuquerque.
There's something for everyone here, whether you're traveling with your family or on your own. For families, there's a playground and a swimming pool, which are perfect for keeping kids entertained. There's also jumping pad and outdoor yard games including horseshoes and cornhole to play. The jumping pad is ok but not the best we’ve jumped on. We like the pillow type pads that have more bounce. There are also pedal car rentals if you want to speed around the campground. If you're looking for a more relaxing experience, the Albuquerque KOA has you covered as well. There's a hot tub, which is perfect for soaking after a long day of travel, as well as Mini golf to share a game with friends and family.
Stay until the end to learn about one drawback to this KOA.
The Albuquerque KOA is located just a short drive from downtown Albuquerque, which is great if you're looking to explore the city. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions in the area, including the famous Route 66. And if you're interested in outdoor activities, there are several hiking trails and parks nearby, including the Sandia Mountains. The Sandia Mountains are just South of the Rockies and the highest point is Sandia Crest at almost 10,700 feet. Albuquerque is located on the Rio Grande River about in the middle of the state of New Mexico. Interstates 25 and 40 intersect in the middle of the city making the KOA a good stay while en route to other destinations, too.
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There is a lot to do in and around Albuquerque. Hot air balloons are big on the list. There are tours you can book for a personal flight or you can be a spectator during the International Balloon Fiesta in October. If you don’t want to hike the Sandia Mountains you can take a tram. The Sandia Peak Tramway takes visitors almost 3 miles to the top of the Sandia Mountains for breathtaking views of Albuquerque and the surrounding New Mexico landscape. Like any major city there are museums, botanical gardens, and the ABQ BioPark Zoo for you to enjoy as well.
Now let’s talk about what the Albuquerque KOA has for dogs.
We noticed generally a lack of any grass throughout the park. Thankfully, there are some trees and a nice view of the Sandia Mountains. However, our dogs like a good lawn to do their business. So, they took a little longer here than at other locations. We’ve traveled over 3,400 miles this trip and we actually ended up at two RV parks without grass. The Albuquerque KOA being one of them. There is a decent dog park with some features and trees next to the rv check in area. There are fenced areas in the northwest corner of the park, too for dogs to be off leash. If you don’t mind paying a little more you can choose a site with an outdoor dog kennel built into the site. Some have artificial grass and other kennels have stone. Each of these sites has their own dog bag station with garbage can, too and you might even get a fire hydrant for your canine.