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Small state park along the Rio Grande north of the city of Las Cruces. Several very easy walking... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
sabimax
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El Paso, Texas
Off season not sure it's fair to review

I was amazed to see so many long term campers in the campground. I walked down to the river and... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Teresa R
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Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We spent two nights here recently in the tent area. Our biggest complaint was we picked a spot close to the canal and were plagued with biting insects most of the time, though it was unusually wet (thunderstorms) for this time of year.

Otherwise, this is a really nice park with great staff. There are ample easy hiking trails, some down to the Rio Grande. Bathrooms with free hot showers, a play area for kids, a trading library, very well maintained. I would definitely stay here again. It is close to I-25 but very quiet.

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank joancL1112BV
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This place is awesome, especially on a hot summer day. With the new restoration efforts along the river in the day use area, it's an even better place to cool off on a hot summer day. Weekends get full fast, so come early. Weekdays are more relaxed.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank mity673
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

This is nice little park. $5 gets you in and then there are a bunch of hiking trails as well as plenty of picnic spots. Or, if fishing is your thing, plenty of river access. I hiked/jogged about 2.5 miles all around the park, on the trails, loops, and a couple of walkway bridges. Delightful!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank DeanneHA
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We love this park. Such a great place to spend the day or night. We have a State Park pass and live in the vacinity of the great State Park and visit several times a week. We enjoy the walking paths and the River Day use area that is open March -Sept (ck dates before you all go). We enjoy taking a swim or a float in the Rio Grande, when the water is flowing. These are some of our family's favorite summer time things to do. You will not be dissapointed.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Sandra G
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We discovered this cute little place just 25 minutes north of Las Cruces. There's not much to work with in the Leasburg Dam State Park but the people tending to this location really put their imagination and energies into making this little slice of nature into a memorable spot to visit.

Lots of easy hiking trails have been developed through the surrounding areas so every part of this park can be experienced.

Nice little reception center and washroom buildings are located at the entrance as is the dump station. There are some nice picnic and group activity areas set up that offer excellent views of the Rio Grande valley.

There are well maintained gravel roads throughout but concrete parking pads in every camping site which are a nice feature. Sites have water and electric services, covered tables, as well as excellent fire pits.

There is an adjacent rail line but, even though trains did pass through during our stay, the noise level is very low and not an issue at all if it is noticed.

Being located well away from the lights to Las Cruces, night skies are a wonder of stars.

A surprising feature of the area, but the name should have given us some clue, is the nearby dam (and not surprisingly called the Leasburg Dam) which is on the Rio Grande. This far upstream the river is not what could be termed a river as it is completely dry during our visit. So dry, in fact, that there were earth moving machines working the river bed on the upstream side of the dam. Perhaps the river has been dammed upstream to allow for this work to occur or maybe it's just a dry time of year. Best that we drop back again to check things out.

The park staff are cheerful and very informative about the local area. We were told about nearby Fort Selden which has an excellent reception center and the remains of this historic location. Surprisingly, Douglas Mac Arthur called this fort home while his father was post commander in the late 1880s.

A very nice little area that offers peaceful camping and natural wonders sufficient to calm any hectic traveller.

Date of experience: January 2017
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