We were in this area a few months ago and I saw this place on the map but didn't go to it. Now we were here again spending the night at the Walmart in Espanola after getting supplies. Still I wasn't too keen on going. The road looked steep and twisty, they have a shuttle bus service to the visitor center and ruins which wasn't all that appealing (indicating high volume visitation) and lastly, what were our chances on getting a campsite after driving there? The next morning when I woke up I said "Beans, lets go for it. What else do we have to do?" It was only 30 miles away anyway. Well the drive there was nothing at all, very pleasant in fact. And the campground was nearly vacant!
"Oh this will do nicely."
That's us there in our second spot. I had to move from our first spot as a crazy woman moved in right next to us! Good grief! 57 vacant campsites to choose from and you have to park next door and play your music outside, too loud! Oh and she had two yappy dogs also.
You paid for your spot using this machine.
We had our differences on the first day. Afterwards we go along pretty well. I say that because I only buy one day at a time just because crazy people might move in and I will want to move.
I visited the machine five times.
I will say this too in advance, Bandelier was to be one of the best places I have ever visited, so much so, that it would be the longest I have stayed at a pay-to-camp place in 30 to 40 years.
It was also the first pay-to-camp place for Beans and I since last May.
Neat mushroom pushing through the soil.