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Great quite place to camp!

Lots of hiking and forest to explore. You can hear the elk bugling and the see every star at night. This camp site has everything you need and is perfect little getaway.

It was wonderful

My boyfriend and I took a 13 state journey this summer over the course of 3 weeks and this was one of my favorite campsites we stayed at. The site itself was quaint and very nice to tent camp in. The tent sites had raised platforms to put your tent on and the ground underneath was softer, so it wasn’t that uncomfortable to sleep on👍🏻10/10 would go back🏕 they had bear boxes to keep all your food and odorants in over night. They have wood for sale for fires, there’s showers up the road and bathrooms within walking distance of every site. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful.

Nice Fishing Campground

La Sombra is a National Forest Service camp the highway 64 southeast of Taos New Mexico. The campground is of a number of NFS along this route. They have a nice trout stream for fishing and access to good hikes up out of the canyon. The sites all have fire rings and picnic tables. We camped here for one night on our way back to Texas. The road noise is the only downside. They had clean pit toilets and plenty of space even in the summer.

Beautiful Canyon

We stayed here on the way to Taos New Mexico. The canyon is along highway 64 in between Cimarron and Taos. The Cimarron Canyon State Park runs for about 8 miles along the base of the canyon. The park has 4 small roadside campgrounds which have good facilities and camp hosts. The sites aren’t the best but the nightly fee is only $10. We found room at two of the camps during the summer peak season without a reservation. The canyon has suffered from major wildfire events in recent years, especially on the eastern side. The forest is in better shape as you rise in elevation closer to Taos. The elevation is around 7500. So the temps stay fairly moderate even in the summer. The Cimarron River runs through the canyon with great fishing as well.

Ponderosa Campground

This was a glorified parking lot.  It literally is a parking lot with the lines drawn to allow for campers to park parallel on the outside and have a wide spot down the middle.  Zero trees.  If you are on the side with the river, the river is nice but then the road is right there.  If you are on the side of the hill you have more privacy but no barrier between you and your neighbor.  The bathrooms are nice and the host was very diligent.  However, someone got their generator stolen in the middle of the night.  It's only good if you are using it as a base camp to have a great time hiking and fishing or checking out the nearby towns.  Great canyon, we saw a lot of wildlife - deer and turkey.

Ponderosa Campground

Awesome 4 tent campsites tucked away at end of parking lot. A short jaunt from vehicle to campsites so does require carrying your gear. Pretty neat. Highly recommend.

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Basic Roadside Campground Near Taos

The National Forest Service campground is located on highway 64 between Angel Fire and Taos New Mexico. The site is just a few feet off the highway next to a small creek. They have about a dozen small campsites along the creek with privacy between the sites. The sites are very basic and come equipped with fire pits and picnic tables. The location had availability during the summer peak season. The site is self serve pay and does not have a camp host. The location may be a good option for those looking to visit Taos which is about 30 minutes away. I gave this a low rating due to the condition of the sites which needed basic maintenance and cleanup. The site was also far to close to the highway to enjoy a good camping experience. I think this is the type of place you use as a last resort while in transit to Taos or Eagles nest.

Too many damn kids

Quiet, beautiful canyon to camp in, with relaxing small mountain stream nearby. However, be aware that in the mornings you will be awoken at the crack of dawn by boy scouts looking for things under rocks, and old men advisors grumbling about sore feet and where to find coffee.

Beautiful Mountain Lake

This is one of the nicest state parks we have visited. Eagles Nest is about 19 miles west of Taos near the Carson National Forest. The campground is on the west side of a beautiful lake I the town of Eagles Nest. This is one of the most beautiful places in Northern New Mexico and well worth the visit. The campground caters to the RV and boating community. They have first class facilities including two boat launches, group meeting venues, and a huge visitors center. The facilities are well maintained and have been recently upgraded. The sites are spacious but exposed with no tree cover or privacy. The view more than makes up for these negatives. The altitude of the site provides for a nice summer climate and a frozen winter park near top class downhill skiing. You will need to make reservations well in advance to get a spot at this popular venue. They are typically full throughout the weak. They have fresh water taps throughout the site, a dump station, and nice site toilets and showers.

Disappointed

We traveling through Northern New Mexico on our way back to Austin. The campsite was a bit of a disappointment after so many get camps in Colorado. Cimarron Canyon is still recovering from a major wildfire with large sections of the pine forest destroyed. As you travel up the canyon the damage is less so in the State Park. The highlight here is the trout stream that runs through the camp. We stayed at Tolby Campground. The park headquarters and park rangers are based here. So it’s resource for those looking to information or assistance. The campsite has a nice day use area with lots of parking excellent restrooms with for ADA. The camp host was very personable and welcomed each of the guests as they came in throughout the day. You had a mix of families and retirees at the camp enjoying the summer retreat. They firewood for sale as well. Our big grip was the lack of privacy and the size of the sites and campground itself. The sites are right next too each other and many of the huge 5th wheel RVs were running generators all day and night while others were lighting fires in the rain and smoking out the campground. It’s only $10 per night to camp here. So it may be an option for those looking to do some fishing and perhaps visiting in the week when the site isn’t completely full. The road is also very close and trucks can be heard all day long. I can’t recommend this place based on our experience, the condition of the sites,and the location.

We loved our stay here

This was our first outing in a truck and camper shell. Even though it was the weekend (a couple days after) of the Fourth of July we got a good spot and there was actually empty spaces next to us. I think all the sites have their own picnic tables and many of them have shelters over the tables. This came in handy since it rained while we were there. There is a large field that gets mowed and great for kids to play. There’s also a small playground. The stream was nice and my boyfriend caught a couple of fish. There’s also a small trail that goes up the mountain and around the campground. It was a fairly easy trail for us 20-something’s and we did it in about an hour or shorter. We really liked their main bathroom! It had heaters that kept it warm and they were really clean. Next time we will try out their showers. We really enjoyed that it offered almost everything we needed and at a great price compared to KOA camps!

Great Location, easy camping

We reserved a spot at Lake Alice for three nights.  Some reviews of the campground talk about the road being close.  Sites 15 and 16 are great.  Site 13 and 14 are ON THE ROAD and the accessible site near the bathroom is literally a couple of feet away so beware!  We were in site 16 and tucked away from everything.  Pit toilets were well kept and there is firewood available on the site.  We parked our tiny trailer in the driveway and set up a tent two stairs up on the main part of the site.  The free showers were great down by the ranger station.  The lake itself is gorgeous, there are plenty of hiking trails.  We brought kayaks and had a great time.  Being from Denver, it was so great to be away from crowds (almost no one at the lake on 4th of July weekend) and to not have to deal with I70 traffic.  We would definitely go back.

Small older campground next to stream

This is an older unit with low water pressure. If you sites in virgin forest with a beautiful stream running through the facility

Quiet, clean and beautiful

Amost all the sites have a lake view, with little obstruction from other sites. There is plenty of room between sites, allowing for a level of privacy. There are no trees, but the views make that OK. If you want to fish, go to the marina on 64 ( leave the park and turn Left…on the left side about 1/4 mile down). You'll pay $17 for a day, but you can buy more days. Don't think you can get a way with no license, you can't! Even on weekdays, the officers checked. Still, great fishing and almost a guarantee that you will catch at least one trout.  

As for hiking there are great hikes within 45 minutes, toward Taos and Angel Fire. Stop by the Eagle Nest Visitor center off 64 for a map or two. We hiked the South Boundary Trail, off the El Nogal trailhead just outside of Taos, off 64 W. 

I recommend the Taos Mothership Brewery in El Prado (20 min drive from the trailhead) for a beer and nachos. If you have a dog with you, great patio area. 

We enjoyed the quiet of Eagle Nest Lake and the availability of a nice walking trail and great trout fishing. We will go back!

Angel Fire RV Resort

This review is for the Angel Fire RV Resort. This is one thing to of the most beautiful RV resorts where we’ve ever stayed. It’s the Four Seasons of RV resorts. It sits at the base of a mountain pass with beautiful views.

The hot tub is clean and also has beautiful views. The bathrooms, showers, and laundry are more beautiful than those found in the average home.

Two “lodge” buildings provide space for activities such as movies for kids and adults. They make it a point to connect campers who want to meet others staying in the park with social evens such as “wake up waffles”.

They have an arrangement that allows campers to use recreational facilities in town such as the pool. Walk around the lake, rent a canoe, kids activities (bungie bouncing, rock climbing).

One of my favorite spots

Great fishing opportunities, and wonderful hiking all around. Close by to two towns where you can pick up provisions. Campgrounds are great for tent camping, with many right by the river. Even though some sites are close to the road, the traffic is light so we didn’t notice.

First visit and wow!

After a long drive from south Texas, this was my first visit to Sugarite Canyon and it definitely exceeded my expectations! The staff was friendly and helpful and the amenities were accommodating. The area is absolutely beautiful. This little park has something for everyone. Highland trails, lakes and streams, primitive and car-camping sites. Plenty of wildlife to see, birds and other critters everywhere. And of course the vistas. I will definitely be back there soon. Thanks, New Mexico!

Pretty nice campground!

Cimarron Canyon State Park has numerous campgrounds along the way through the park. They all look fairly well maintained all either had vault toilets or restrooms (none had showers that I know of). We stayed at the Maverick campground which had a pond and the river was close by. Lots of good fishing spots!

Pretty nice campground!

Cimarron Canyon State Park has numerous campgrounds along the way through the park. They all look fairly well maintained all either had vault toilets or restrooms (none had showers that I know of). We stayed at the Maverick campground which had a pond and the river was close by. Lots of good fishing spots!

Decent stop going through the area

We just needed somewhere to stay for the night as we went through the area and it’s only $10 to camp for the night. The lake is really pretty! The campground itself is very basic. There’s a few reservable sites and the rest are walk up (19 in total). There were only vault toilets but very well maintained which was nice. It would be great if you were planning on lots of lake activities and wanted to be close but for us it was just a great place to rest from driving all day.

Classic climber campground, nothing but the basics, very scenic

Free, pack-in pack-out site with vault toilets, picnic tables and fire pits. The Rim campground is perfectly nice, but if you can manage it roll on down the rocky, rough dirt road to the canyon campsite. We wanted to stay at the bottom, but decided not to risk getting stuck down there given that snow was coming in overnight (my 2wd is not snow-proficient, especially on steep roads).

Seemed to be mostly other climbers at the site, and lots of dog-friends. Really beautiful, quiet place, though beware you likely won't have cell service at the camp or anywhere near (including in the town of Roy).

Very well maintained campground.

We camped next to the retention ponds. There was plenty of peace and quiet. We were the only campers in the campground due to it being November. There was plenty of fire wood to gather. I don’t trout fish but there was tons of fish in the stream. Great hiking best of all it was relaxing. The ranger would come through every morning and make sure we were ok. They were some great people and very informative.

Quiet secluded campgrounds miles from civilization.

There is trout fishing near by. Miles of hiking and an abundance of wildlife, we watched several herds of Elk down in the valley on one of our hikes. We had deer roam through our campsite, they could care less that we were even there. The kids had a few streams to keep them busy. We were there the week of the 4th of July 2016. The weather was great we had a short shower just about every evening but nothing bad.

Walking distance to Angel Fire Bike Park

Small little campground with basic amenities including port-a-potties (well lit at night), garbage cans, and a few picnic tables and benches scattered throughout. Nice flat spots…dog friendly. No fires or RVs longer than 19ft. Not reservable so get there early to get primo spot. Walking distance to coffee, shops, and restaurants but still tucked away in quiet enough location.

Great campground

There are 3 different campgrounds within the state park. Each has their own toilet facilities while the bathhouse (aka clean, hot, free showers) is located just across from the park entrance/visitor center. Tent camping was $10/night and super easy for someone passing through - there were 4 sites available as first come first served in the morning. Three were still available at 7pm (on a Tuesday). The visitor center was great, helpful staff and you can buy ice there. There are several hikes to do and the scenery is beautiful.

Free Primitive Camping with Fire Pit, Picnic Tables, and Bathroom

Multiple camp sites for primitive camping with flat areas for tents, and each site has a fire pit, sturdy table, and space for parking. The campgrounds also have clean brick & mortar bathrooms without running water; all for free! This campground is first come first serve so reservations aren’t necessary. Pretty secluded area that is mostly vacant during the week days, and mostly visited by climbers. Both upper rim and lower canyon campsites are fairly close to some great boulders and there’s plenty of hiking to do.

This area is still pretty unknown to the mass public so crowds aren’t an issue, which is really nice, but the canyon is overflowing with awesome boulders for climbing so it’s only a matter of time until it starts to become more popular.

Hidden Gem

Loved it here! Is a hidden gem with a rich history. Lots of hiking and riding trails. The river runs right by the campground so we were able to swim every night. We stayed Memorial weekend and only had two other campers in the area.

Older quiet campground

Campground is a little rundown, but very quite. The Bathrooms/Showers are very old but were clean. The park water pressure was very low. There is no cell service in area and the park WiFi was spotty at best. Most spots are smaller, but spots 1,2,3 and 4 will accommodate larger rigs and have great shade. If your looking for a place for 1 or 2 nights close to Taos Sierra village will work.

Good little spot

You wouldn’t expect seeing a place like this in the flat land that it rests in. Mills canyon is a nice litttle camping spot with fun little secrets. Can you find them? There is a fire pit per site with a few restrooms between sites.

Chilly in April

April is a little early in the season, so there were lots of open spaces and was still a little cold…