Percha Dam State Park

State Park

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Percha Dam Canal Rd.
Arrey, NM 87930
575-743-3942
877-664-7787
Official Website

GPS: 32.8677, -107.3066

Last Price Paid: $14
Number of Sites: 50
Pad Type: gravel
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 4184 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

5bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
5bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
AT&T 3G
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rvnmrvn
AZ
34 Georgie Boy Swinger Signature
14 reviews
Nightly rate: $14
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 2

rvnmrvn would stay here again

“Great place for lazy days.”

Reviewed Mar 13, 2017

Overall Rating

We met up with some friends here for a couple of days of actual camping. You know, sitting around doing nothing, listening to music, maybe playing some games. We did walk the dogs around and saw the river, the playground, and a couple of trail heads. There were vault toilets at the tent/dry camping areas, and two buildings with flush toilets, one of those with a couple of showers. There are ADA sites (site 2 is one of them) plus parking at the shower house and one shower with bars, a bench seat, and lower shower head.

We each had sites with water and electrical hookups for only $14 the first night. We planned late in the day so the spots were only available for walk-ups. If you go this route, bring cash. For our second night, we booked online and were charged $28 a night. Without warning, they added on fees for the dogs and for booking online. So if the website, which is very easy to use, shows that there's availability just show up and pay cash.

There were lots of sites for RVs and tents. All the RV sites were parallel pull-thrus. Site 1 had a sewage hookup but that was the only one I saw. No dump station here either so plan accordingly.

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Location
Cleanliness
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5bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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


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Travels with Pickles
AZ
44 Dutchmen Voltage 3970
2015 Ram 3500 Dually
13 reviews
Nightly rate: $4
Days stayed: 12
Site Number: 2
“Odd, just odd”

Reviewed May 21, 2016

Overall Rating

Our pricing per night reflects the New Mexico State Park pass rate, details can be found here https://travelswithpickles.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/the-best-value-around/.

Percha Dam State Park is this odd state park located on the Rio Grande River in between Deming and Truth or Consequences New Mexico. The access from I-25 is fairly easy although all of our navigation systems routed us in the back way upon arrival. The drive was pretty so that was not a big deal.

Now for the park itself, it's just ODD. Spaces are weird. You know how most parks have you arranged in parking lot order, not so at Percha. Spots are on the diagonal and so while you don't have neighbors are on the sides of your rig, getting in and out of a spot can be quite tricky, We picked a 95 foot space intentionally, unintentionally picking the ADA spot for the campground (luckily it wasn't a placard required space). 95 feet is more than long enough to accommodate The Gump with the patio down and Lana unhitched.

There is NO WAY that spot measured 95 feet! We left two days early just to ensure we could actually get out of the spot before new campers pulled in for the weekend in front and behind us. The spot was level and well marked but be warned unless your rig is on the shorter side, you will have trouble accessing spots.

The park is fairly empty during the week but jammed packed on weekends. Noise level was nothing we even noticed on the weekends though so I wouldn't consider it a drawback. There is considerable noise from the dam but it quickly fades into the background once you realize it's not traffic noise from I-25.

The park itself has no ranger on sight, although the park is routinely patrolled by rangers throughout the day. The camp host was friendly and wiling to help out anyone who needed assistance. There is one sight with full hook-ups, site 1, all other electrical hook-ups are 50 amp with water. There is also oasis camping closer to the river and dam. The views in general are meh. Looking west from our site we had a lovely view of someone's backyard and several neglected dumpsters. Looking east we had a lovely view of nature, birds, the dam, and the mountains.

So why the low rating you might be wondering? Well, the gold standard for state parks is Fool Hollow Lake State Park in Arizona so all other state parks are compared to Fool Hollow. We bounced around numbers between us for two weeks, the honest number is actually a 2.5 not a 3. The Pros: pretty, rural setting with well marked spaces and good reliable 50amp service. The Cons: spot orientation, the view onto someone's backyard is disconcerting, the terrain is NOT big dog friendly being full of burrs, stickers, etc., and no dump station on site.

We will not be returning despite not being miserable when we were there. Spaces are too tight and personally I cannot imagine trying to get into a space if there were already people on either side. There really isn't anything wrong with the state park, it just feels like an after thought by the state and a little neglected.

Cell service at the park is excellent, despite what the initial impression maybe upon pulling in. We never had to break out the booster and neither of us ever had a dropped signal. So while AT&T wasn't showing 5 bars of service, the reception was clearly five bars.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
AT&T 3G
5bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
5bars
Verizon 3G

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


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Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • ADA Accessible
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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