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Camp Eagle Nest is an RV park that is located in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, which is a city found between various mountains and is centrally located to Red River, Angel Fire, and Cimarron Canyon State Park. The business is open from May 1st to October 15th, closing during the winter months. There are a total of 45 RV sites that can be reserved during that time, all of which are equipped with full hookups. Amenities found on the property include a laundry room, showers, a clubhouse, and Eagle Nest Lake. The manager of Camp Eagle Nest would like visitors to be “relaxed” while they are staying at the property. On occasion, the business may host musicians at the outdoor patio on the weekends. The RV park is pet-friendly and allows visitors to bring their dogs with them, as long as they are properly cleaned up after and supervised. The owners have a number of plans for the future and anticipate having a variety of updates and renovations to the grounds, including the addition of a store.
Camp Eagle Nest offers 45 RV sites for people to reserve. Each comes with similar hookups, including sewage, water, and electricity. However, the electrical output can range from 50 AMPs, 50-30 AMPs, or just 30 AMPs of power, depending on the RV site. Regardless of which space is reserved, one can find a picnic table at all of the RV spots as well as access to Wi-Fi.
There are a variety of common areas and amenities that are available for those staying at the RV park to use. All guests have access to the laundry room and showers. A clubhouse offers a relatively small kitchen area, tables, chairs, and a few games that people can use at their leisure. Outside there is a covered deck, which the manager of the business mentions “occasionally has music on the weekends.” Close to the property, one can find the namesake of the park, Eagle Nest Lake State Park, which is where visitors can take part in several recreational activities. There is also a boat ramp that guests can use.
There are a variety of places that people can visit if they are looking for entertainment or outdoor recreational activities. The Enchanted Circle is one attraction to the area that encompasses Red River Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, and Tolleson, and the manager reports that it is about a two-hour drive that takes people through the valleys and mountains in the vicinity. Eagle Nest Lake, found near the campground, can offer fishing, and fireworks are lit over the lake each year on the evening of the Fourth of July. Additionally, there are a variety of trails for biking and hiking, as well as other activities such as ziplining. The town has several restaurants and eateries that guests can visit. A few that the manager likes to recommend by name are Thai Angel, Kaw-Lijas, and Comanche Creek Brewery.
The manager of Camp Eagle Nest would like his guests to feel “relaxed and enjoy staying in the mountains.” He explains further that “it’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.” In an effort to create this atmosphere, the business sometimes hosts musicians on the weekends to play on the outdoor patio. The employees at the campground are able to offer suggestions to guests regarding places to go and activities to participate in while they are at the property. The manager and the rest of the staff interact with patrons frequently, and he says, “We check people in, take them to their sites, and try to help them with whatever they need.”
Camp Eagles Nest has several policies in place that guests are asked to adhere to while staying at the business. Quiet time begins each night at 10:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. Visitors are able to bring their dogs with them to the campground, but they must remain on a leash, and the pet owner is expected to clean up after their dog. Smoking is prohibited at the clubhouse, the office, and the other buildings on the property. However, patrons are allowed to smoke at their RV space if they would like.
There have been a variety of guests that have visited Camp Eagle Nest, many of which have left reviews of their experience at the RV park. One person wrote, "We had a beautiful view of the lake, decent Wi-Fi, and were centrally located between Red River, Angel Fire & Cimarron. Great fishing in Cimarron River, and there were nice breweries in the area." The typical demographic of patrons that spend time at Camp Eagle Nest tends to be families and retired folk. The business is typically open from May 1st to October 15th each year. The manager mentions that the busiest time of the year for the company tends to be during the summer months of June, July, and August because many families are on vacation due to the fact that their kids are out of school for summer break.
Camp Eagle Nest first opened in the mid-70s and has remained in operation since then. Before the land was used as a campground, it had been an empty plot of land and trees. There have been several owners over the years. The current owners grew up in Red River, which the manager describes as being “a tourist town.” Having spent much time in Red River, they found that they enjoyed the atmosphere and wanted to take part in the camping industry. As the owners haven’t owned the business for long, they have yet to make any updates or renovations, but the manager remarks that they plan on making a few upgrades to the office and entrance of the property. In the near future, they plan on doing more landscaping and cosmetic projects. One amenity that they would like to provide to guests soon is a store that would potentially sell t-shirts, caps, and other memorabilia, as well as RV and camping essentials, such as ice or snacks.
The manager of the property mentions that he enjoys his job, and one of his favorite aspects of his work is “having happy people. He mentions, “Campers are typically happy people, so it’s nice to work with them.” The business is seasonally open from May through October, and in the off-season, they are able to take reservations for the following year.