By now you’ve figured out that we love boondocking. And growing up not far from Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, we knew we needed to take our kids there at some point. So what better combination than boondocking just outside Carlsbad Caverns National Park at Chosa Campground BLM. Read on for our review.
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There’s not much to see or do around Carlsbad, but the caverns are a must. For this reason, many people just make it a one day trip to the area. If you’re looking for an overnight stay that’s super close to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and easy to get into, then Chosa Campground BLM is an excellent choice.
Chosa Campground BLM: Location
This boondocking location can be found on Dillahunty Rd. along Hwy 62 about 30 minutes south of Carlsbad, NM. If traveling along Hwy 62 in Texas going north into New Mexico, turn right on Dillahunty Rd. Take that road just about a minute or two until you see the sign for Chosa Campground on your left.
Chosa Campground BLM: Fees and Campsites
Boondocking here is FREE and you can stay for up to 14 days. There is plenty of room for many RVs both big and small. The entire area is a large, square, gravel parking lot which makes it easy for leveling.
There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups available. Trash cans are available on site.
If you decide to stay here for a few days and need cell signal to access the internet and work during the day, we found that both AT&T and Verizon cell signals were good.
Chosa Campground BLM: Things To Do
There is nothing in the immediate campground area to do. The entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a short 8-minute drive away and Guadalupe Mountains National Park is 20 minutes away, so be sure to check out both of those National Parks.
This area is nice and quiet and very dark, so take an evening (if it’s not super windy) to sit out and star gaze and listen to the coyotes.