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Cimarron Campground

7 Reviews

About This Campground

Cimarron Campground is located in the scenic Valle Vidal within Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico, at an elevation of 9,300 feet. The sites are tucked among spruce, aspen and fir trees, and the camp offers an open range feel.

Visitors have opportunities to enjoy a variety of…


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Max Length: 180 ft.


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite


7 Reviews of Cimarron Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2020

Good homebase for exploring the Valle Vidal

This is 1 of 2 options for campgrounds in the Valle Vidal area. It is on the West side of the preserve and is equine friendly. This is a large campground, with 36 camping sites. We stayed at #24 which had a nice partial overlook to the opposing valley, mountainside. 

This campground is well loved,…

  • View from our campsite.
  • View from the road by Surree Ponds.  Beautiful vistas with mountain backdrop. You can also hike to this area from camp.
  • Surree Ponds.
Terry R.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2018

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…

  • Our campsite
  • Our climb!
  • My boys on top of the world.
SiteWe were in site 6 across from the toilet and water facet.
phillip L.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016


The sites here were absolutely wonderful. When I came there weren't much camper. There are around 36 campsites all included with a grill, tables and showers. You really have your privacy and is so beautiful at night. They recommend you don't burn the firewood there because some sort of insects live…


Cimarron Campground is located in New Mexico


Driving Directions: From Costilla, NM, on State Highway 522, travel east on State Highway 196 past Amalia to the intersection of Forest Service Road 1950. Travel on 1950 (a gravel road) east to the unit boundary. Follow Forest Service Road 1950 to the junction with Forest Service Road 1900. Turn right; you will cross Costilla Creek. Continue on Forest Service Road 1950, 10 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1910. Climb 1 mile up the hill to Cimmarron Campground.


36.77030098 N
105.20540067 W

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