Joe Skeen Campground

El Malpais National Conservation Area

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Hwy 117 Grants, NM 87020 505-761-8700 505-280-2918 Official Website

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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28 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 3G
1bars
Verizon Voice Only
2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
1bars
AT&T 3G
2bars
Sprint 4G/LTE
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4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 10

The Old Coyote would stay here again

“Awesome and amazing! ”

Reviewed Jun 28, 2019

Overall Rating

Easy on and off the road.

Well kept up. The camping was spaced out well enough.
Restrooms well kept up.

Cell service was one bar Verizon lte.
This place is a little gem.

Sunsets are amazing.

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0bars
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Keiferbass
Baytown, TX 29' Sport Trek by Venture RV 252VRD Ram 1500 Ecodiesel, 2016
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 4

Keiferbass would stay here again

“Big Peaceful Sky”

Reviewed Jun 10, 2019

Overall Rating

We will likely stop here again since we are starting our Boondocking adventures into the west from Texas. The covered slab with tables, metal fire ring, raise grill, vaulted toilets, trash cans, peaceful and spacious grounds, being located close to I40 near Grants, and being 6.5 miles from La Ventana Arch make this a super FREE place ... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Gtoli
AZ 36' Heartland Cyclone 3010 Ram 3500
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 2

Gtoli would stay here again

“Nice free camping”

Reviewed Jun 10, 2019

Overall Rating

We stayed in space #2. This is a nice free campground. The only real downside is that the sites are incredibly out of level. Each site has a covered concrete pad with a picnic table, a grill and steel fire ring. There was little noise from the nearby highway, at least at our site which was farther away from the road. The scenery is ama... more

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1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Al&Barb
Longview, TX 35' Forest River CC Silverback GMC 2500
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Al&Barb would stay here again

“Great overnight ”

Reviewed Jun 09, 2019

Overall Rating

Good place to get off I-40 noise during the week could be busy on weekends as we stopped in on a Thursday night at 5:30 and got the last available spot

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1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
0bars
Verizon

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5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

MaryKate would stay here again

“Easy access/busy”

Reviewed May 19, 2019

Overall Rating

No camping sites left on a weekend. Fills up quickly. Shared a campfire with some nice strangers. Camped between sites. Clean bathrooms. Beautiful view. Great view of the stars.

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4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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isoseeker
White Rock, NM 36' Newmar
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 1

isoseeker would stay here again

“Quiet night”

Reviewed May 06, 2019

Overall Rating

1st night stop in 5 week trip. Wanted to check it out since close to home in view of returning for a few days. Due to some other reviews with concerns about the wash we parked at the highway entrance & walked the entire loop before driving up. Didn’t even scrape with 36’ class A pulling a toad. Nice hike up the bluff before heading ... more

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1bars
Verizon Voice Only

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KimP
NC Subaru Outback
5 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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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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
Sprint 4G/LTE
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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1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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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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