RV Park Review – Santa Fe Skies RV Park, Santa Fe, NM
A very cute & quiet (but somewhat pricey) private RV Park just ~20 mins from downtown Santa Fe, central NM
- Site quality = 3.5/5
Decent site quality with just a few dings. All sites are firm gravel with pleasant concrete “sitting areas” containing picnic table. There is very nice landscaping throughout the park with a selection of plantings, mature trees and lots of really cute art sculptures (very nice touch). All but 2 sites offer full hookups (50amp/water/sewer but NO cable TV). Sites are arranged in “streets” (with street names) and there are three main areas of the park with different feels:
- Front pull-through sites -> The first 7 “streets” of the RV park are all pull-through sites arranged in neat rows one next-to-the-other. All are all long and the landscaped concrete sitting areas do a nice job of separating the sites. Main dings are that sites are somewhat closer than I like and are not particularly flat, especially on the more curved ends of the “streets” towards the hiking trail (you may need levelers to get level). End-sites are the best here IMHO since you’ll have at least one side of the RV with no neighbors.
- Rear back-in sites -> The sites towards the rear of the park (“Yucca” street section) are mostly back-in sites with much better site separation. This area feels more like a public park with very generous space between sites and a more random site arrangement. Absolute best sites are towards the very back (numbers 17-22) with excellent space and lovely views of the valley. Not only are these sites cheaper than the front pull-throughs, but they feel much more spacious. This area would be my top choice for staying here.
- “Extra Long” sites -> There are several in the middle of the park (W1-W3) which are extra long (huge!). These are rather more spacious (and have better separation) than the front pull-through sites and are also very nice. This would be my 2nd choice for staying here.
- Facilities = 5/5
Very nice facilities. There is a central building containing flush toilets and showers, all very spacious and impeccably clean. The facilities are decorated with nice western-style red-earth tile and the women’s even has a sweet old hair-drying stool (nice touch). Plenty of new-looking machines in the laundry ($2.00 for wash, $2.00 for dry).
- Amenities = 3/5
Not much in terms of extra amenities here. There is a central building with an outdoor patio space and clubhouse (games, TV, books etc.). Plus there is on-site dump and propane, but there are no pool or other amenities. Also there is free onsite WiFi, but we found it mostly useless even for regular internet browsing.
- Location = 5/5
This is an excellent location to explore Santa Fe. The park itself is set nicely back from the main highway so it’s quiet and relaxed, yet you’re within easy reach of everything the town has to offer. You are only 5 mins away from Santa Fe Brewing and only 20 mins from the historic downtown with endless options for grocery, shopping and eating.
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Extremely dog-friendly spot! In fact if I could give this place 10 points for paw-friendliness I would. There is a huge fenced-in doggie-area and a lovely pet-friendly (off-leash OK!) 0.75 mile trail that goes around the entire park (poo bags and trash cans provided at regular intervals). Plus lots of opportunities to extend your hiking by taking some of the side-trails into the hills at the back of the park. This is the first private park that I’ve EVER been to which recommends leashes, but does not require them so you can officially walk your doggie off-leash as long as you maintain full control. Fabulous!
Overall rating = 4.3
BONUS ALERT = Camp only 20 mins from downtown Santa Fe!
Summary: This is the best-rated private RV park in the Santa Fe area, and although it’s expensive it is definitely very cute. The park is set on 17 acres nicely back from the main road so everything is quiet and relaxed, and the landscaping of the park is lovely with lots of pleasant plantings, trees and especially art sculptures throughout the park (a really, really nice touch). Also the views, especially from the end sites and the rear of the park are lovely. Main ding is that sites are somewhat gritty IMHO for the price. All sites are gravel (either pull-through or back-in) with nice concrete sitting areas and full hookups (50amp/water/sewer but NO cable TV), but several sites are unlevel and separation especially towards the front of the park is tighter than I’d like. Also amenities are not the high-point in this park. There is a nice, central clubhouse building (pleasant outdoor patio, inside games, TV, books), but no pool or other amenities, plus the free WiFi sadly, was mostly unusable. Other than the site quality and amenities everything else about the park is top-notch. The park offers a really nice, scenic 0.75-mile off-leash-OK (!!) hiking trail around, with several trails that extend into the hills beyond the park, park plus a large fenced-in off-leash area too. If I could give it 10 stars for scenery and paw-friendliness I would! Location is also excellent being only 5 mins from Santa Fe Brewing and 20 mins from historic downtown. Overall we enjoyed our stay here, especially paw-wise but it’s definitely well beyond our typical price-range for the daily rate. The absolute best deal here is the back-in site monthly rates which are reasonable at $650-$700 (plus the back-in sites are the nicest in the park IMHO) and if we come back to stay that’s what we’ll opt for. Depending on your budget range, I’d say this is a really cute, peaceful and scenic park in a great location to explore Santa Fe.
Extra Info: Free on-site WiFi, but unfortunately it did not work well while we were here (almost unusable even for regular browsing). Strong 4-5 bars of Verizon LTE (but it was a tad slow, I think due to tower-overloading) & strong 4 bars ATT 4G (which was nicely fast). 98 total sites of which 55 are pull-through and 45 are back-in. 96 sites offer full hookups (50amp/water/sewer). Sites cost $45-50/night depending on site type, except during Balloon Fiesta at which point all sites rise to $50/night. 10% discount for Good Sam’s members. Also significant monthly discount rates available.