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Old 03-06-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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There is a boondocking area one mile east of the entrance of WSNM. It's called Raptor Lake. It's a little tricky turning in, but the roads are great, it's on a lake, and you can go way back through a couple of fences to the back side. . . OR you can turn left and go across the little dam and camp on the west side of the lake. Quiet, private and really really nice. You can see the white sand blowing in the wind from here - great views. There were only 2 other rigs here when we arrived and they were just as you come in. We went way on back and had total privacy. It looks pretty new - well maintained gravel roads, dirt areas to park on. Campfires are allowed if the wind is less than 30 mph. . . it's been WAY over that today! The sand has been blowing so much it was virtually a white-out at WSNM. Enjoy!!
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Thanks for the information. We didn't know about any place to park within reasonable driving distance from WSNM, so we just made it a day stopover. That isn't adequate time to really see the park.
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I guess it is on the south side of the highway, as I would think all the north side is HAFB.

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It's on the north side of the highway - before you get to HAFB. About 3 miles east/south of WSNM. You will see a dried up lake and then a filled lake behind it to your left as you are driving east away from WSNM. There's a big brown sign there, "Raptor Lake".
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I was stationed at HAFB in '72-73 and loved WSNM. Never camped there and there was NO lake back then..Ed
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Ed - It looks relatively new and man made. Especially the roads and camping spots surrounding it. You can see the commissary of HAFB from the back east side of the lake. Commissary is new too . . . . anyway, it's a nice place to boondock. Can't eat the fish and can't swim in the lake . . . but it's still nice.
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We plan to camp there in a few days and will try to post GPS coordinates for future users.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:26 AM   #8
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Hey, Mr. Cat, since the other posts are at least 6 years old, how about a modern report on the place as well?

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YES - Cat, Please post what you see.

I pass thru there several times a year and this would be a perfect overnight stop for me.

I may be passing thru there early next week in a car. if so, I'll stop in and check it out.
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If you go to the location on Google Earth there is a folder with some really spectacular pictures.

I wonder if this is a wet weather lake or if it has water all the time.
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I seem to remember where it is. I was stationed at Holloman in the early 70s. I thought it was a settling pond for their water treatment plant.
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Hi all! We are camping at the boondocking site on a sliver of BLM land outside White Sands National Monument. The GPS coordinates for the entrance are: N 32 48.734' W 106 07.266' (Sorry, couldn't find the degree symbol on my iPad).
There is a single sign with the triangle symbol for camping that is the only marker of the entrance. Once you pull in, the road is packed dirt/sand and gravel, giving way to hard packed dirt. Our 24' class C made it in easily and I think anything up to at least 30' could do it. Just go very slowly, since the road is bumpy.


We picked up some broken glass and discarded oil cans, shell casings, and plastic bottles. Other than that, the scenery and the weather is gorgeous! The dry lake that appears on Google Earth actually has some water in it and the larger lake is filled with ducks and shore birds. Temps in the high 60s and low 70s, with lows in the high 30s/low 40s. It did get quite windy, so watch your awning!


This morning on a drive into town, I passed a friendly Border Patrol agent. A few other vehicles drove in to watch the sunset, and one other Class C spent the night. A few local dog walkers too. We felt safe and had all the privacy we wanted.


If you have dogs, be warned about the "sticker" bushes everywhere. Our three pups learned to avoid them pretty quickly. I have a few pics but no URL for them. Will try to post somehow...
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Here is another shot of our campsite. https://www.facebook.com/cathleen.sa...04522988929262
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