Two or three miles from where I'm boondocked at the moment is the dam that creates Elephant Butte reservoir which is the body of water that you see in a lot of my pictures.
Now I've been to the dam several times and even posted a picture of it in my blog one of the times when I was here. But I've always driven on the high road that's on the same level as the top of the dam and that's where I took my pictures. But I decided to do something different and visit the bottom of the dam to get a different view.
About a half mile or so before you get to the dam there's a turnoff on to a low road that runs alongside the Rio Grande, and right to the bottom of the dam, where there's a parking area and a place to view the dam from the level of the river.
Now I've said all that just so I could get to what this post is really about. along the road that goes to the bottom of the dam there's a camping area, that I had noticed before but never paid any attention to, that's right on the Rio Grande. Most of the campsites are pull-through's, which removes some stress from my life, and each one has a shelter. I don't think there's any hookups or a dumpsite but I'm not sure.
The campground is run by some weird entity that has something to do with it once being a historic fish hatchery or something like that. There's a dozen or so campsites and while I was there I saw only one couple there and they were camping in a tent. There's no entrance gate, no daily fee, but they charge $10 a night for camping and you pay the iron Ranger.
I stopped and took a couple of pictures of the campground and the river and for some reason I felt like I would enjoy spending a couple of nights there. I'm not sure why, the Rio Grande was hardly more than a trickle, and certainly not scenic or picturesque. But it's in a canyon, and the Rio Grande, such as it is, made it feel cooler down there than it is at Elephant Butte. So until I change my mind again I'm planning on spending the weekend there. I'll check the dam for cracks before I unhitch.
Some of the boondocking sites at the campground on the Rio Grande. Further down the road the sites are bigger with pull-through loops.
The mighty Rio Grande is not what it once was. Growing cities, irrigation, numerous dams, and droughts, have dried up the Rio Grande and made it unrecognizable as the great river it once was.