Joe Skeen Campground

El Malpais National Conservation Area

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Hwy 117
Grants, NM 87020
505-761-8700
505-280-2918
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GPS: 34.9435, -107.8204

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 10
Elevation: 6925 ft
Max Stay: 7

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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22 people have reviewed this location.

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3bars
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3bars
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1bars
Verizon Voice Only
2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
2bars
AT&T 3G
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KimP
NC Subaru Outback
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

KimP would stay here again

“Nice, Clean, Accessible ”

Reviewed Mar 22, 2019

Overall Rating

Roughly 11 miles from 40, on the left, easy in and out. The facilities were clean. Plenty of trash cans. All the camping spots, besides 2, were all fine distances away from each other and clean. As a solo traveler, I felt safe here. Covered picnic tables, grills, and nice fire pits. Super close to some great hikes too. I also felt like... more

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Peanut Brittle an...
NC Lincoln Navigator modified
9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 2 and 9

Peanut Brittle and Jimbo would stay here again

“Scenic and natural”

Reviewed Mar 19, 2019

Overall Rating

Another great area for exploring. The campground was very clean with 2 vault toilets at each end. Plenty of room at all the sites from what we saw. Very nice sunsets. Water is at the Ranger Station nearby with a limit of 5 gallons a day. Definitely get there early as it tends to fill up quickly we noticed.

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2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 3

MegNJochen would stay here again

“Beautiful spot if you can find an open site”

Reviewed Nov 03, 2018

Overall Rating

First do not expect to find a level site or any amenities. But if your looking for scenic and quiet without having to drive on dirt for hours then this place is perfect. I will admit that it was difficult for us to get halfway level (we are pulling a 35' travel trailer with our F250) and we did have to swap sites to even get as level a... more

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2bars
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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

P. Resent would stay here again

“Fabulous!”

Reviewed Oct 06, 2018

Overall Rating

Super nice place!!! Clean! Lots to do. Stop by the visitor center for maps and water. This place is for free - has a donation box. First come first serve base. Access no problem with dodge grand caravan.

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tg2654
IL 10' RTTC Papa Bear Toyota RAV4
16 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 10

tg2654 would stay here again

“One of the best!”

Reviewed Oct 05, 2018

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What a great place this is. Can't believe it's free! The wash when you first come in was a non-issue. Not sure if they recently fixed it or not, but very passable. Pit toilets and animal proof garbage containers. Concrete picnic table on a big concrete slab under a metal roof. The views are great and a very well kept place. I was on t... more

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3bars
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The Mace Experience
OK OK Schooners Teardrop 2017 Chevrolet Colorado
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

The Mace Experience would stay here again

“Awesome place!”

Reviewed May 10, 2018

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We pulled in around noon on a Sunday, and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The sites are top notch with covered concrete pads including a grill and fire pit. The bathrooms were very clean. It was very peaceful and scenic. The views are amazing and the sunset coloring the surrounding bluffs was a perfect end to the day.

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glasgows_onthego
28' Ford Four Winds Five Thousand 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
105 reviews
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Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 9

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Great spot to explore Malpais National Monument, but big dip on short road in”

Reviewed Apr 19, 2018

Overall Rating

This was a nice campground with 11 developed campsites. We came in late, around 8:30 on a Thursday and could not find a site. So we parked at the turnout by the road and waited till morning for it to clear out. Most people seem to only spend the night here, a few weren't going anywhere. As mentioned the road in is a rough half mile wit... more

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2bars
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2bars
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Nick & Amanda
27' Airstream Safari SE FB 2008 Chevy Silverado
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 1

Nick & Amanda would stay here again

“Nice spot not too far from the highway”

Reviewed Apr 16, 2018

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Great spot. We pulled in for the night off the highway. It was Sunday evening around 5:30 so we expected it would be empty but we grabbed the last spot (what looks like used to be the camp host’s spot). There was no cell coverage at the site but you could climb the hill or walk back toward the road for service. The road in was great, t... more

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7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 2

GKLARS would stay here again

“very well maintained, scenic, out of the way, & popular”

Reviewed Apr 16, 2018

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We're currently camped @ Joe Skeen, our 2nd visit here. The access rd dip may have been improved but still exists & will bother large or low clearance rigs. Have never seen the nearby ranger station open so don't count on them for water. Between sites 2&3 to E there's a rough path that ascends a scree slope to top of a N/S ridge that ... more

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 3

mfwilliams11 would stay here again

“Awesome”

Reviewed Apr 16, 2018

Overall Rating

Best site I've stayed at in New Mexico so far! Well maintained, clean, well lit, very quite, all the things you want in a campground. It does get crowded pretty quickly on the weekends so make sure to show up early. Campground has pit toilets, fire rings, trash, and picnic tables. Drive in was on gravel but my little Ford Fiesta made i... more

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2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash

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