35 acres on the Rio Grande surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM and amazing hikes on the Black Mesa. River is clean and beautiful. countless petroglyphs and Indian pottery shards. Totally secluded but only 15 minutes from a town with all amenities. Elk, Antelope, coyotes and lots of other wildlife. Secret caves to explore.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Black Mesa on the Rio Grande in New Mexico.
The vibe at Black Mesa on the Rio Grande
Places to see near Chris B.’s Land
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Host was not available up his agreed upon check out time.Held at the gate by two unfriendly dogs. Area to camp next to river was fenced off and road to other areas barely accessible.waited on host for about another half hour as I wanted to find a good site before dark. I have requested a refund as we did not camp there. I might consider it a better experience if it was at least refunded, so far we have had no response to that request. Thanks but no thanks.
We did not have a good experience with the host, at all. We booked this at the last minute and were excited as the host indicated there were more than 30 acres and camping on the water with our popup was not a problem. We had three couples and our dogs in our group. The directions we were given were to a driveway across the street from the river, which was fenced off with horses running through. There was a truck camper parked there and two very aggressive sounding dogs when we arrived. My husband got out of the truck and walked up. Chris was not there and the man said where he was camped were the only sites he knew for sure about, but he thought there were sites down the road. We followed the road running by the river for a short distance. The road was full of very deep holes and as we attempted to go through, the bottom of the truck and our camper were being scraped and beat up. The second car following us was unable to pass and the road looked to get worse.
I texted the owner and he stated he'd return in about a half an hour and would show us to a site. The owner kept saying, "There are over 30 acres" but we could not find a spot we could get to that wasn't in the middle of homes.
We left and luckily found a spot overlooking a lake up the road. I requested a refund of the $50 we paid, and the owner never responded. A simple, I'm sorry, we don't give refunds would have been better than nothing, and we probably would have let it go. My husband posted a review, and that evening, I received a string of messages from the owner.
In his first text, he said there is no check in and again reminded me he had over 30 acres. He also indicated that BLM land is available, but I'm not sure he can charge me to stay on their land. He said if I could show him where it was a stated there would be a check in, he would refund my money.
The site clearly states a 'check-in time' and the directions provided by the owner were very detailed and led to his driveway, complete with a house number. The directions say, "you have arrived." There was nothing to point to any other site on the "30 acres" or any indication of how to find any other camp spot. This area was somewhat residential in nature, with homes scattered along the road leading to the property.
His texts to me say the same thing, over and over. "30 acres of land, you should have waited on me to show you spots" all the while telling me no one else had problems finding it.
We attempted to find a suitable spot on the river for a popup as promised; although, in the recent texts, he said he was doing us a favor. I'm not sure a verbal agreement through Hipcamp is considered a favor. It was the entire reason I paid almost $60 to camp 2 nights.
Honestly wish i could stay forever
I can understand why this land might be a little confusing at first, but if you keep an open mind it is super fun and will maybe one of the best camping experiences you’ll have. It was one of my most rewarding ones. Not only does this camp back up to miles upon miles of public land but you feel like you are in the middle of that public land as well. The campsites can feel so secluded even though you can probably see the house down the hill. They give you the comfort of running water, showers, and toilets on the property by the main house. The walk from your campsite to the main house will very depending on where you choose to set up your camp on the property. The owners right now will let you venture out and created your own campsites where you feel the most at peace and home. This will only last until they have a good number of camps established. They will eventually have non-potable water running up to the camping area for putting out fires, but there is drinking water down the hill. They also plan to make camping spots further down the hill by the river for a different camping feel. This facility is still in its beginning stages right now, so there is so much to come. There will be a small bunk house for if weather becomes an issue or if you want to experience the perks of the property without fully camping. There will also be activities available like sand volleyball and a music room to create a sense of community on the property. Their vision is for it to be an always evolving space for artist, campers, and anyone willing to come together, share, collaborate and learn from one another. Chris, the owner, is a master drummer using the connections he’s made through his career to make this desert oasis a community or escape, whichever you need at the time, for everyone willing to to give it a chance.
Horses and stickers
While the views and stars were spectacular, don't camp here if you want an actual site with a concrete pad. Chris was very friendly and helpful, but the land also doubles as a horses pastue, to my partner and I's surprise. The horse I think wanted to get inside our tent and got way too close to our campsite so the following night we had to relocate to another spot which was ridden with goat head stickers. We survived and can look back and laugh at this now but won't return to Black Mesa.