If you are looking for a remote RV park, Rusty’s RV Ranch in Rodeo New Mexico is the place for you.
The park is set in the high desert between the Chiricahua Mountains to the west and …
… the Peloncillo Mountains to the east.
The owners, Rusty and Tim, have kept the rustic desert feel within the park.
The roads within the park are gravel and well-maintained.
Sitting on forty acres, there are forty sites at Rusty’s. All the sites are approximately 1/4 acre in size and are definitely big-rig friendly.
All sites are level pull-thrus and have full-hookups, including 50amp service.
All sites have a fire pit and some have brick patios. There is also a table made from an old pallet. It sits rather high and doesn’t look useful for placing a bbq on it.
The sites are set in twos, with rigs pulled in next to each other, though in the opposite direction.
Unless you have Verizon cell service, there is no cell reception at the park, or pretty much anywhere in the area. Randy and I do not have satellite television, but others in the park look to be able to get reception. Randy had no luck getting any local channels using the antenna.
The park is quiet. Very quiet. Unless someone or something gets the geese and ducks riled up.
The clubhouse at Rusty’s has an outdoor patio.
Inside the clubhouse there are kitchen facilities, a TV (with satellite), tables, games and a book exchange.
Adjacent to the clubhouse is a beautiful garden and pond area with flowers and critters. There are also restrooms / showers and a laundry facility. Every Friday, Rusty and Tim host a potluck supper where they furnish the main course and guests bring a side dish and what they choose to drink.
The office has a small supply of groceries and DVD movies are available to rent.
There is also a swim spa for guests to enjoy.
Rusty’s is very pet friendly (with the usual rules, of course). There is a fenced dog park.
Rusty and Tim maintain a mile-long trail that runs the perimeter of the park.
This is the view of the park from the section of the trail closest to our site.
WiFi is included in the rate. Randy and I found the WiFi to be adequate. There were a few days that it went down constantly. Whatever was going wrong was fixed, because it has worked decently ever since.
This area is popular for star-gazing. The park is a Dark Skies Community, meaning that outdoor lighting after dark is not allowed.
The Chiricahua Desert Museum is just a few miles down the highway. Randy and I visited the museum while we were here and it is definitely something to see.
Birding is also popular here. A popular bird-watching area is in the Portal Arizona area and up into the Chiricahua Mountains. Portal itself is about twelve miles from Rusty’s. You can reach the Chiricahua National Monument by driving through the mountains. While the National Monument is less than forty miles from Rusty’s, the drive on the unpaved mountain road will take a couple of hours. Better pack a lunch and have a full tank of gas.
Speaking of gas, the nearest gas station is east on Highway 9 in the town of Animas New Mexico. Animas is fourteen miles from Rusty’s RV Ranch.
Because Rusty’s RV Ranch is roughly forty miles off of I-40, it is not the kind of place that an RV-er would choose for just an overnight stay.
Stock up on groceries for your stay as the nearest decent supermarket is an hour’s drive away in Douglas Arizona. The towns of Animas, Rodeo and Portal have basically nothing for groceries. Animas has a small selection of staples, but I would not recommend spending your money on them. The Hostess pie and the loaf of bread that I bought had been there since the store opened up in 1889 (*).
With warm, sunny days and cool nights, the temperature in this area is perfect for Randy and me. Being off the beaten track is a plus, as well as the park being virtually empty. Would The Great McDaniel Adventure stay at Rusty’s again? Yes, if we happen through this area again. Randy and I favor remote areas. Being in the desert, the wind blows constantly and when we leave on Saturday, we surely will be taking a few pounds of New Mexico and Arizona dust to Colorado with us.
(*) I made that date up. I do not know when the co-op in Animas NM opened.