This campground is First come-first served ONLY, but we found that many people only stayed one night so every day sites did open up. There were approx 44 sites in 2 large loops. Some sites, around the outside edges have trees and shade, those in center of circles do not,…. but they have the best views of the amazing mountains surrounding you! WOW WOW WOW
This campground sits at 8,800' at the southern border of the Pecos Wilderness which is filled with dozens of 11,000-12000' mountains. This is also a big backpacker entry point into the Pecos wilderness, so there is a "backpacker" parking lot over by the Horse camp about a mile away.
Hiking trails leave from the Horse camp up into the mountains…. and they are busy with hikers every day of week. Some are day hikers from this campground, but most are backpackers going out to spends several days, many from NM, but also from other states. When we were just there last week, we met up with several groups from Texas who regularly come to this area to backpack for multiple nights.
The campground has several pit toilets… all clean, and the BEST camp hosts we have ever seen. Two camp hosts are set up, one at each end of the campground, and by the time you drive into the gate one of them is following you to which site you pick. They stop and talk daily, make sure you are doing well, and give you any information, history, or gossip you might want. They will even take your payment envelope for you so you don't have to walk to the deposit bin at the entry. Very good Hosts, always ready to help out.
Fee is $10 per night! But if you have an ACCESS or Senior Pass, it is only $5. Crazy!!!
This campground is up a very narrow winding road, pulling a big camper or 5-th wheel can be difficult. No ATVs allowed.
From this campground, just a few miles south, are several other tent only campgrounds, and also access to many other amazing hiking trails as well as fishing spots.
This may be our new favorite campground in the state. Wow Wow Wow.