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Lincoln National Forest , NEW MEXICO

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Camping New Mexico Lincoln National Forest

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Most Recent Lincoln National Forest Camping Reviews
Quiet wooded area

Easy access from main road.  No bear boxes provided so food must be stored appropriately as this is bear country.  There is a trash dumpster and aluminum recycling bins.  Roads and sites are paved.  Can hear some road noise and sirens from town.

Generators and Chainsaws

This is right off of highway 244. From CloudCroft take highway 82 east to highway 244 about half mile past designated campgrounds is a dirt road to the left. There is a large grass/dirt area right off the road on the left and a couple of spots further down. To the right there are a couple of more"secluded" spots though the generator noise and the chainsaws are still loud. One generator ran all night long. The chainsaw eventually stopped after the guy had maybe enough for a log cabin. 

You can continue up the road which is a nice hike and there are a few more pull out site along the road. This place is FREE which we usually look for but this is probably one of the loudest we've been to. 

Good cell reception AT&T and Verizon. No water, garbage or bathrooms. PACK IN AND OUT! Multiple rock fire rings in random places as this is a dispersed camping area and watch out for the multitude of animal limbs and carcasses laying around from hunters.

Generators and Chainsaws

This is right off of highway 244. From CloudCroft take highway 82 east to highway 244 about half mile past designated campgrounds is a dirt road to the left. There is a large grass/dirt area right off the road on the left and a couple of spots further down. To the right there are a couple of more"secluded" spots though the generator noise and the chainsaws are still loud. One generator ran all night long. The chainsaw eventually stopped after the guy had maybe enough for a log cabin. 

You can continue up the road which is a nice hike and there are a few more pull out site along the road. This place is FREE which we usually look for but this is probably one of the loudest we've been to. 

Good cell reception AT&T and Verizon. No water, garbage or bathrooms. PACK IN AND OUT! Multiple rock fire rings in random places as this is a dispersed camping area and watch out for the multitude of animal limbs and carcasses laying around from hunters.

Peaceful and serene

We stayed 2 nights here in October and really enjoyed our stay. The owners are super friendly and helped us into our spot. The campground is surrounded by fields with a creek bed on the back side and horses on another. It was very quiet and dark enough at night to see the stars light up the sky. Wish we could've stayed longer. Highly recommended.

Breathtaking View

Honestly this site is now one of my favorites. Lots of camping spots and great hiking trails to go on! Gets a little windy since you’re at the top, but totally worth it!

Short backcountry jaunt

It’s awesome!!!! Currently the sites are closed due to Covid (as of 10/28/20), but the ranger said they were putting a plan in place. I believe there were 8 spots, all in the Interfunks area. Each site is isolated from each other by the dunes. It is a short hike in less than a mile to the closest sites. The trail is well marked by posts in the dunes. The park is closed from 8 PM to 6 AM in the summer and 6 PM to 7 AM in the winter so you and the other campers will be the only ones in the park soooo cool. The sites are primitive, no shade, no toilets and no water at the sites so be prepared for sun and heat. Water available at the visitor center and pit toilets at the trailhead. Please go to the nps.gov/whsa for more info and status on opening. It actually snowed the night before I got there. Enjoy!!!

Extremely clean.

Site hosts/stewards were replaced by BLM on Oct 23, 2020.

At least until Oct 23, 2020, when new hosts/stewards assigned: EXCELLENT!

Opened for overnight camping on Oct 1, 2020, having been open only for day use (8am-5pm) previously, due to CoViD-19.   Hosts/stewards kept Site, including flush toilet restrooms, extremely clean;  these hosts were replaced by BLM Oct 23.

There are only 2 RV sites (pull-through).  They have electric (30&50) plus water;  no sewer.

There are 4 tent boxes.

There are 8 (?) shelters, 1 of which is ACCESS designated.

There is 1 group site, for which reservation must be made with the Las Cruces BLM Office (see website for phone).

All other camping is on a first come, first served basis.

This is a Federal fee area.

Dogs are only allowed in the campground area, and must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash if outside the vehicle.

Very welcoming, fastidiously clean and maintained

We stopped for an overnight stay while driving cross country, solely based on reviews here. We found it to be a whimsical, very relaxing place. Eclectic decor is artistic and harmonious with the setting-never forced or tawdry like so many others. Owners were quite engaged and helpful, and graciously permitted us to move to a longer site so as not to require unhitching our trailer. Facilities are very complete, well appointed and maintained. Surprisingly high water pressure!

Day Use Only / campground closed

We spent a couple hours at the lake and the weather was perfect. We saw a few people fishing, not much shade for this and no one in the water swimming. We didn’t see any boats and the small shack for snacks, bait n tackle shop was closed. We took to the trails with our kids and dogs and had a fun short hike along the trail and by the water. We came on a Friday but if you’re coming on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll need reservations due to pandemic. You are required to wear a mask although 95% of the people there did not. We liked that it wasn’t too busy and found plenty of parking. The proximity to the lake from where we were staying at a cabin nearby was perfect and we will definitely come back to visit!