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Top Equestrian Camping near Santa Fe National Forest

66 Reviews

Horse camping is the perfect way to enjoy Santa Fe National Forest. If you're an equestrian lover who prefers nature-based adventure, yet still wants comfort, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Camping with horses is a beautiful way to experience nature. Search nearby equestrian campsites or find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Santa Fe National Forest, NM (12)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Mesa Campground

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    Borrego Mesa Campground

    5 Reviews
    2 Photos
    42 Saves
    Truchas, New Mexico

    The Borrego Mesa Campground is located close to several trailheads leading into the north half of the Pecos Wilderness. Amenitites include picnic tables, firepits and small corrals at each site suitable for one or two horses. The Vaulted toilet is currently not in service. Adjacent to and south of the campground is the Rio Medio Trailhead, one of the major trailheads into the Pecos Wilderness. The campground is rather primitive and little used, and is much less developed than most. It is primarily used for picnicking by locals from nearby communities, and also serves those who use it for an overnight stay before embarking on a horsepack or backpack into the Pecos. There is ample space for trailer/RV camping, but no dump station is available. There is no potable water and no Campground Host.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Iron Gate Campground

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    Iron Gate Campground

    7 Reviews
    9 Photos
    130 Saves
    Tererro, New Mexico

    Located above 9,000 feet, Iron Gate Campground is an excellent spot to access the Pecos Wilderness for day hiking and horseback riding. Uses: camping, hiking, horseback riding. Facilities: 14 units, vaulted toilets, trash bin, tables, fire pit/grill, 4 horse corrals. NO WATER. Special Instructions: Maximum recommended length for vehicle and horse trailer is 30 feet. Forest Road 223 very rough and not recemmeded for low clearance vehicles. Users are encouraged to recycle and pack out trash. Please visit the Leave No Trace website for more information about frontcountry and backcountry outdoor ethics at www.lnt.org. NO ATVs ALLOWED IN CAMPGROUND

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Rio Chama Campground - Temporarily Closed

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    Rio Chama Campground - Temporarily Closed

    14 Reviews
    85 Photos
    338 Saves
    Gallina, New Mexico

    Campground is closed for current season of use. Coyote Ranger District @ 575-638-5526 for current status

    The Rio Chama is a developed no-fee campground where reservations are not required. Located along the Rio Chama Wild & Scenic River, the developed campground offers a great place for families,

    Ten individual campsites each include a picnic table and a campfire ring. RV's up to 20 feet can be accommodated in only a few sites. No potable water, or hookups.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Top of New Mexico - Dispersed Site
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Santa Barbara Campground

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    Santa Barbara Campground

    7 Reviews
    20 Photos
    74 Saves
    Llano, New Mexico

    Overview

    Santa Barbara Campground is situated nicely on the edge of the Pecos Wilderness area and next to Rio Santa Barbara, a beautiful and healthy trout stream.

    Recreation

    This is a great drop off point for hikers and horseback riders seeking close access to the Pecos Wilderness and Jicarita Peak.

    Facilities

    The campground has 15 single sites, each containing a table and fire ring; two double sites, each containing two tables and a fire ring; one triple site containing three tables and a fire ring; and two quad sites containing four tables and a fire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water from faucets and trash removal are provided. There are no horse facilites within the campground. First-come, first-served sites are available.

    Natural Features

    Santa Barbara is located in a mixed forest of spruce, fir and aspen trees, which provide some shade throughout the day. At an altitude of 8,900 feet, temperatures can cool off during the summer nights.

    Nearby Attractions

    Trail access to Jicarita Peak, with close access to North Truchas Peak, Sipapu Ski Resort, the town of Vadito, and the town of Penasco are all nearby. All are within 8-15 miles from the campground. Most services are available in Taos, NM, 25 miles north of the campground or Espanola, NM, 45 miles southwest.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (928) 537-8888.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $70 / night

  6. Camper-submitted photo from Jacks Creek Horse Camp

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    Jacks Creek Horse Camp

    3 Reviews
    9 Photos
    51 Saves
    Tererro, New Mexico

    The Jacks Creek Trailhead is located 21 miles on NM 63. Uses : Trailhead parking and access for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding. Facilities : Vault toilets, trash bins, drinking water. Special Instructions : Users are encouraged to recycle and pack out trash. Please visit the Leave No Trace website for more information about frontcounty and backcountry outdoor ethics at www.lnt.org.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Agua Piedra Campground

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    Agua Piedra Campground

    9 Reviews
    45 Photos
    165 Saves
    Llano, New Mexico

    Overview

    Agua Piedra, located in the Carson National Forest, is nestled near the Rio Pueblo and Agua Piedra Creek. The campground contains many shaded areas to camp, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

    Recreation

    Visitors to the Agua Piedra campground and group shelters can also enjoy fishing in the Rio Pueblo River, which is a tributary of the mighty Rio Grande. The river is stocked with rainbow trout and has an accessible fishing dock. Hiking to Serpent Lake and Cordova Canyon, which are both within seven miles of the campground and group shelters, are also favorite activities for visitors. Also popular is further exploration of points of interest in the Pecos Wilderness, as well as within the Sangre De Cristos Mountains, the southernmost Rocky Mountain range.

    Facilities

    The campground includes 40 single sites each with a table and fire ring, two double sites each with two tables and a fire ring, and two group shelters located west of the campground. Vault toilets, drinking water from faucets, and trash removal are provided. Firewood is available to purchase from the host. First-come, first-served sites are available. The group shelters (A and B), which are accessible, are located west of the campground and are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Trash service is provided in the campground. The accessible group shelter "A" can accommodate up to 50 people for overnight camping. Group shelter "B" can accommodate up to 100 people for overnight camping. Both group shelters are available by reservation.

    Natural Features

    Agua Piedra campground and group shelters are located in a mixed forest of spruce, fir and aspen trees, which provide some shade throughout the day. At an altitude of 8,100 feet, temperatures can cool off during the summer nights.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (928) 537-8888.

    Nearby Attractions

    Sipapu Ski Resort, the town of Vadito, and the town of Penasco is within 3 - 17 miles from the campground and group shelter. Most services are available in Taos, NM, 25 miles north of the campground or Espanola, NM, 45 miles southwest.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $150 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Ghost Ranch

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    Ghost Ranch

    4 Reviews
    22 Photos
    78 Saves
    Cañones, New Mexico
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Oak Point Campground
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Jacks Creek Group Area

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    Jacks Creek Group Area

    1 Review
    3 Photos
    38 Saves
    Tererro, New Mexico

    Overview

    Jack's Creek Group Area is a forested, high-elevation campground about 50 miles from Santa Fe. Perfect for family reunions, recreation events and other large group gatherings, the campground has two group units available that can each hold 40 people. The campground sits at approximately 8,000 feet in the Santa Fe National Forest. Visitors enjoy the moderate temperatures and cool mountain breezes while the campground is open from mid-April to mid-November. The surrounding wilderness provides astounding views.

    Recreation

    Hikers find this campground convenient to the popular Jack's Creek Trail nearby. Fishermen also enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout in Jack's Creek.

    Facilities

    A campground host patrols the campground on a routine basis and is available to answer questions. Campers can lock the gate after their group is settled into the site, if desired. One of the sites (Group B) is accessible. All of the roads are the paved, so low clearance vehicles can also reach it.

    Natural Features

    Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Jack's Creek is on the border of the Pecos Wilderness, which features 160,000 acres of majestic mountain scenery, high mountain lakes and the Pecos River. The campground is heavily forested with fir trees intermixed with aspens, which shimmer with golden foliage in the fall. The trees provide plenty of shade if desired, yet enough space to enjoy the sun as well. The creek is adjacent to the campground. A variety of wildlife, such as elk, mule deer, migratory birds, bald eagles (in winter) and other raptors inhabit the forest.

    Nearby Attractions

    The City of Santa Fe is just over a one-hour drive away.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $50 / night


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