Lakes and a national wildlife refuge showcase its natural wonders.

Travelers along the Santa Fe Trail used to arrive on horseback or by wagon to this lawless frontier town, where Billy the Kid once evaded a lynch mob. Today, travelers enjoy a more civilized reception at this KOA, tucked into the pinon- and juniper-scented foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Wagon-wheel ruts, 900 historic buildings and the Fort Union National Monument highlight the area's past. Lakes and a national wildlife refuge showcase its natural wonders. Come in for our tasty breakfast buffet from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at a bargain price of only $8.00 plus tax per person.   Find Southwest items in the campground store.  Pool: May 15 - September 15. Max pull thru: 110 feet. Your host:  John Ussery

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 110' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool (5/29 - 9/15)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

Big Weekend Care Camps

When: May 10 – 11, 2024 What: Stay at a participating KOA campground on May 10 & 11, 2024, and 50%* of the cost of the site on the second night will be donated to Care Camps! Why: Your stay will make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, by helping raise funds for medically supervised Care Camps across North America. These camps give kids with cancer a chance to attend a summer camp and just be a kid again. Funds raised from the Saturday, May 11 campground donation support the KOA Care Camps Trust, which distributes more than $1 million annually to support 125+ Care Camps. Learn more at * Only valid at participating KOA locations. Applies to one site, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Only KOA Rewards discounts apply.

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Local Area

Historic Las Vegas

By the mid 1800's the plaza of Las Vegas Grandes en el Rio de las Gallinas (the large meadows on the Turkey River) had been laid out according to the Spanish and Mexican Custom, and the first waves of traders and pioneers had ventured westward across the plains on the Santa Fe Trail. Las Vegas, rich with history and architecture boasts a legacy of New Mexico's original architecture and is considered one of the best preserved "outdoor museums" in the country. With over 900 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can view Adobe, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Territorial, Richardsonian Romanesque, Eastlake, Italian Villa, Italianate and Folk Renaissance Revival styles.


Santa Fe National Historic Trail

William Becknell left Old Franklin, Missouri in September, 1821, heading west to trade with the Indians. However, in New Mexico he encountered Spanish dragoons who, instead of taking him prisoner for having entered Spanish colonial territory illegally, urged him to bring his goods to Santa Fe. Becknell quickly sold his goods and organized another expedition. thus was born the Santa Fe Trail. The largest visible network of Santa Fe Trail ruts can be seen at Fort Union National Monument.


Fort Union National Monument

Adobe ruins and Santa Fe Trail ruts mark what was once the largest military post in the American Southwest (1851-1891). Stroll amid the time-worn walls of Fort Union established to guard wagon trains and traders from attack along the Santa Fe Trail.


Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

With 18,750 acres of grassland, crop land, marshes, canyons, ponds and streams, this refuge is a natural paradise for native plants and animals: Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Mule Deer, Antelope, Badger, Coyote, Bobcat. Migratory birds use the refuge as a central "flyway" area . . . among them Sandhill Crane, Long-billed Crulew, Rough-legged Hawk. Winter guests include Bald Eagle, Snow and Canada Geese, and some 21 species of ducks.


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