The area has seen the likes of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, a regiment of Buffalo Soldiers just a few miles North at Fort Seldon, and Native American chiefs like Geronimo, and Victorio ruled these lands for hundreds of miles around. Spanish Conquistadores like Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado and the infamous Oñate explored here and beyond. Mammoths, giant sloths, saber-tooth tigers, camels, and many other extinct mammals and dinosaurs before them wandered throughout this part of New Mexico. The earliest human footprints in the Western continent dating back some 21 to 23 thousand years ago were found just 60 miles east at White Sands National Park. The Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks National Monument lies immediately north of the property.
Weather can be hot and dry, with pouring rain, and strong winds so check the weather and prepare for anything. This is what tent camping is about; if needed, you can sleep in your vehicle. Last-minute cancellations keep others who do prepare from having the opportunity to enjoy nature, regardless of the weather.
A hot shower is available now at Legends Camp, about a 200-yard walk on a trail marked with solar lights. Construction will begin soon on a house so be wary of hazards.
WITH FREE FIREWOOD!
Besitos del Sol is now a drive-in campsite, at least to Campo Conejito, Campo Norte is still about a 60-yard walk from the parking area. The road looks rough but a Prius was able to get in and out with no problems, just be aware that it is sandy. If you get stuck, I may be able to help you but there would be a $50 minimum fee. No firearms shooting is allowed, only a bow and arrow with your target. No motorized vehicles off-road or on the trails, bikes are ok. Campsites are cleared and level with lots of "beach sand" minus the ocean! Raw desert land, cacti, and thorny bushes abound so wear good shoes and watch to avoid a painful experience. Also, stay away from the beehives, there are two in the area. Bring an ax or saw, some of the firewood is large pieces—lots of quail and some coyotes around. I have also seen javelina around.
The water, hot shower, and bathroom access are shared with Jose Ortiz's "Legends" campsite, about a 200-yard walk on a path marked with solar lights.
You can follow the arroyo North to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument directly north of the camp. Mountain bike trails for beginners to experts are just 3/4 mile west on DesertWind Way. Day hikes in the area with petroglyphs, Permian Trackways, and more. Oñate, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, and more wandered throughout these lands.