Owners Bruce and Bridgette Manakas
Make Their Guests Feel at Home at Golden Eagle RV Park
Fun, the one and only singular word to describe the Golden Eagle RV Park & Store...fun! Smiles are NOT in short supply at this
place. When Bruce and Bridgette Manakas decided to leave corporate America, their one goal was to enjoy life. Plus, they wanted
to enable others to enjoy life with them. They looked for a business venture to facilitate good times. After spending the evening with
them and being treated to an awesome Cajun fish fry, attended by no less than 80 people, I believe they have accomplished their
Open year round, the Golden Eagle RV Park & Store, located directly across the highway from Eagle Nest Lake in Eagle Nest, NM,
provides 65 RV sites, three cabin facilities, park models (for sale), a laundromat, club house, WI-FI, and a chuckwagon back porch
patio. Participate in a plethora of daily activities during your stay at Golden Eagle. Craft classes, area tours, pot lucks, movie nights
complete with popcorn, washer toss, 4-wheel drive tours, special dinners (like the Cajun fish fry I attended), live music every Friday
and much more happen all summer long. Plus, each Friday beginning in mid-June, there is a wonderful Farmer's Market in their
parking area. Vendors can purchase space by calling Bruce or Bridgette for a very nominal fee that they donate to the local public
school and its programs.
The park has two tiers. Each RV site has its own breathtaking view of Eagle Nest Lake and the mountains beyond. It is definitely a
place of social activity as well as well as a serene sanctuary to rest and rejuvenate. I spoke with several of the people at last
week's event. I wanted to know why they chose the Golden Eagle as a destination. Davis and Phyllis Hardy from Texas have spent
their summers at the park since 1998. They said Bruce and Bridgette have raised the bar to "excellent" at their home away from
home. They said the Manakas' are honest, trustworthy, and family-oriented. "They love my dog too,'" said Bonnie Borth. "And they
bend over backwards to make us feel welcome." She and husband Keith, from Boise City, Oklahoma, have been coming to spend
their summers in Eagle Nest for more than five years. Jim Hayes, from Harrah, Oklahoma, said the scenery and the weather also
draw him to the area. He has been coming for 30 years. All of the people I spoke with commented about the feel of family. They
look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones each year. They applauded Bruce and Bridgette for being very personable
-- with their emphasis on fun!
So fun is the name of the game, but so is quality. The convenience and Native American jewelry store on premise has a little bit of
everything. Personal and camping supplies, food, drinks, and gifts. (And very clean bathroom facilities!) Before purchasing the
Golden Eagle, the Manakas' retired from their jobs in California to travel. Bridgette had worked with the National Alzheimer's
Association and went on to set up restaurants for major companies. Bruce majored in recreation and spent his corporate years in
advertising. They traveled for five years, buying and selling Native American jewelry, as they looked for relocation opportunities.
Along the way they made great contacts and good friends. The jewelry and Indian arts found in their gift store represent close to 50
Native Nations. The quality is as high-grade as the jewelry found in Santa Fe or Taos. You must go see for yourself!
I asked Bruce how they decided the Moreno Valley was to become their home. He said, "I had a gut feeling. And if you can tell, my
gut," as he patted his stomach, "is a good indicator!" I had to laugh. He also said that most RVers' philosophy is upbeat and
positive. This fits his way of approaching things.
What I learned.... the Golden Eagle RV Park & Store is a full service RV park providing good times and most everything the camper
needs to make their stay one of a kind. They offer daily, weekly, and monthly rates. For a list of amenities and the calendar of
events, click the links to the left. The public is invited to attend the Saturday night Chuckwagon Dinners and Friday night live
entertainment on the back patio. Hopefully you'll stop by, grab a cup of coffee, chat with some of the campers, and see why the
Golden Eagle is such a wonderful place to set up camp along the Enchanted Circle highway.