Silver City KOA Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Silver City, NM
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Silver City KOA Overview:

Silver City KOA is a fantastic campground and RV park about 3 miles east of historic Silver City.  The park is conveniently located to a major highway that provides access to lots of great things to see and do in and around Silver City.  Silver City KOA owns 30 arcres on and around the park.

Silver City KOA has full hook-up sites, tent sites, and cabins.  The sites are level and big rigs should be able to maneuver into most of the sites.  The hook-ups are conveniently located.  All of the roads and sites are crushed gravel. 

Silver City KOA sits on a gently sloping hill with four tiers which gives all of the sites a good view of stunning sunsets.  The park is very clean and well maintained.

Silver City KOA hosts several special events and during the summer season cooks a good breakfast which is served on the outdoor patio.

You'll also find some nice amenities and one of the friendliest, most outgoing, and helpful staffs we have encountered during our years of camping.  Jackie, the owner of Silver City KOA, has vast knowledge of the area and what to see and do and she would love to share it with you. 

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Silver City KOA has 77 sites that are a combination of back-in and pull through.  The majority of the sites are open and some have a scattering of trees to provide some shade.  The 7 premium pull through full hook-up sites are the longest and widest sites and 4 of the premium sites have both 30 and 50 AMP service, the others have 30 AMP only.  Each of the premium sites have a picnic table, grill, and cable plus the sites are tiered and each has a good view out the front and side windows. There are also six other premium sites with both 30 and 50 AMP service, all of which are back-in.

The rest of Silver City KOA's RV sites have 30 AMP, cable, water, and electric and each has a picnic table.  Some are pull through, others are back-in, and some are reserved for vans or pickup campers.  All of the sites are level with finally crushed gravel surfaces and some have at least one shade tree. 

If you don't have an RV or tent or have friends or family who want to join you, then the 7 log Kamping Kabins are perfect.  There are 5 one room cabins that have a double bed, bunk bed, and cable TV plus heating and air conditioning - great for a family with two small kids.  Each of these rustic log cabins has a picnic table, grill, and a neat front porch with a swing - perfect for a morning coffee or watching the sunset.  Restrooms are showers are close by.

A Kamping Studio will sleep four with one room with a double bed and a separate room with bunk beds.   The cozy log Studio has a full bathroom, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, cable TV, ceiling fan, heating and AC, plus a patio, charcoal grill, picnic table, fire pit, patio with furniture, and a porch with a swing. 

For up to six people, the two bedroom Kamping Lodge is the place to stay.  One room has a queen bed and a closet, the other bedroom has a bunk bed, and the living area has a sofa bed.  Plus the Lodge has a full bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, sink, 2 burner stove top, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster.  There is also a ceiling fan, 2 TVs with cable, patio, gas grill, fire pit and a porch.  The Kamping Lodge is a comfortable place to spend a weekend or vacation enjoying Silver City and all it has to offer. 

You'll need to bring your linens or sleeping bags when you stay in any of the Kabins or Siiver City KOA has complete linen packages available for a fee if you don't want to bring your own.

One of the other things we really liked about Silver City KOA are the amenities, some of which include:

  • swimming pool
  • playground and basketball court
  • sports field with badminton, volley ball, horseshoes, and soccer
  • Kamp K-9 is a fenced-in 3000 square foot dog park and there are also a couple posts to tie dogs while you visit the office or pool
  • patio with chairs and tables for socializing or a round of cards
  • laundry room and clean and updated restroom and showers
  • propane and dump station
  • rec room with a cozy fire place, TV, games, and internet work station
  • free Wi-Fi and cable TV hook up

Silver City KOA owns several acres around the park and you can step out your front door and go for a hike around the hills where you'll find great views and will likely see some wildlife.  Silver City KOA owns 17 acres around the park which are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, or just taking the dog for a walk.

The Patio Cafe serves a scrumptious breakfast for a reasonable price during the summer season.  In addition, Silver City KOA sponsors several special events during the year some of which include BBQ's, ice cream and home baked pie socials, and several kids events like scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and more.

The office is also home to a very well stocked gift shop with a variety of good quality souvenirs, some RV supplies and basic staples, ice cream, hiking sticks, T and sweat shirts.  In addition there is a book exchange, DVD rentals, loaner sports balls, and more. 

The park and facilities are spotless and very well maintained.  And as mentioned before, the owner and staff are fantastic and eager to make sure you have a fantastic stay with them. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

On a trip from Dallas to California, we had heard a lot of good things about Silver City, so we went out of our way to spend a couple days exploring Sliver City and the surrounding area.  And we regretted that we had not scheduled more time.

We expected to find a small historic mining community and were very surprised to find a vibrant and growing city with everything from art galleries to a Wal-Mart.  In fact, National Geographic named Silver City as one of the "Top 50 Places To Live." 

Shortly after pulling into KOA and getting some of their helpful staff's ideas on what to see and do, we set off to explore Silver City's Historic District.  The historic district is several blocks of quaint shops (art galleries plus rock,  bead, gem, and antique shops), restaurants, a museum, and lots more.  After visiting some of the shops and the interesting museum we were long past due for a margarita and some Mexican food - and both were excellent at The Jalisco Cafe.  

Good food was followed by checking out the local nightlife and the first stop was Issac's, which has a cozy bar and live music on Saturday night.  From Issac's we stepped across the street to Buffalo Bar and caught a set from a pretty good country 3 piece band and played a couple games of pool with some of the locals.  From there we headed to Billy's to end the evening with some Karaoke.  A fun first day and night in Silver City.     

The next morning we were off to hike the Catwalk of Whitewater Canyon, but first we had to stop at the highly recommended Blue Front Cafe in Glenwood to load up on some carbs.  They serve a great burger and one of the best burritos I've ever had - tender pork rolled in a large four tortilla which is smothered with cheese and green hatch chili sauce, yum! 

The Catwalk at Whitewater Canyon is fantastic.  A very scenic hike along a cascading stream that has carved some sheer canyons out of the mountains.  Miners built a catwalk that clings to the canyon walls, which in some places are only 20 feet wide and 250 deep.  The catwalk has been restored by the park service and it's a great way to spend an afternoon hiking through some beautiful New Mexico mountains.

All that hiking sure makes a person hungry, which means we heading to the highly recommended Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House in the quaint mining town of Pinos Altos - which doesn't look like it has changed much since a group of Forty-Niners discovered gold nearby in 1859.  The Buckhorn is a must visit - outstanding food, live music, unique setting, and excellent service. 

The next morning we were trying to decide whether to golf or take a hike to the cliff dwellings but when we stepped outside and felt the wind bringing the temperature down to around 15, we decided it was time to head west to some warm weather. 

Can't wait to come back when we can spend more time exploring all there is to see and do - and Silver City KOA is a perfect place to stay if you want to explore the area. 

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Silver City is alive with history and lots of fun things to see and do.  Founded when silver was discovered in 1870, Silver City has an amazing and interesting history.  To learn more check out Silver City KOA's website to find some great photos of the area plus a list with descriptions of fun things to see and do.  If you can't find enough to keep you busy on that site, then try the Silver City Visitor Bureau's website.

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Premium #53 or 59, tent 62 or 65 and pull through #22

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more