$5 / night

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Dipping Vat Campground

2 Reviews


National Forest

This is a fantastic place to get away from it all! Dipping Vat Campground is located adjacent to the west side of Snow Lake. Snow Lake is approximately 52 miles southeast of Reserve, New Mexico. The campground offers a variety of activities to the visitor, including fishing, overnight camping, and hiking. Dipping Vat Campground has a potable water system including a well with a pump. Snow Lake is stocked with trout three times a year, early spring, early summer, and late fall. If you wish to fish at Snow Lake you must have a New Mexico fishing license and more information is available at NM Department of Game and Fish

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  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)
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  • ADA Access
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  • Firewood Available
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  • Fires

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Brandon H.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2020

Very isolated campsite

I needed to find a spot for the Labor day weekend that wasn't over crowded. This campground is very isolated infact it's about an hour to an hour and a half of off road driving to get to. I was very impressed with the drinking water faucets located throughout the campsite, and the clean bathrooms. There are two sides of the campsite, on on side your in the woods with tall pine trees to shade your tent and campsite. The other side is open no trees, but it does overlook the lake so be sure to bring your canopy. It's a paid national forest campsite of $5/night. The forest trucks/rangers do stop in several times during the day to make sure everything is ok. Heard Elk in the morning, wolves and bats at night. This is a great location to get away from the busy hustle of city life

Steve B.
Reviewed May. 28, 2019

Loved It!

I took my dad there for Labor Day weekend last year and was totally pleased with the campground. Extremely well kept and clean. Didn’t use the RV restroom at all. The restrooms at the grounds were very clean and only a short walk from every campsite. Drinking water to fill your camper was available in several locations. No hookups but that was ok. The country surrounding the grounds was absolutely beautiful! Snow Lake provides great fishing opportunities and the views from all over the surrounding Gila Wilderness were simply amazing.

We met some folks from Silver City during our stay and became lifelong friends with them. We spent most of the weekend with them sharing meals and stories around the campfire! I will definitely be heading there again at least once a year!


Dipping Vat Campground is located in New Mexico

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In Reserve, NM, take State Rt. 435 south 5.3 miles to where it becomes Forest Rt. 141. Continue straight on Rt. 141 and go 34.9 miles to Forest Rt. 28 (Snow Lake sign). Turn right onto Rt. 28 and go 9.6 miles to "Y" intersection and Forest Rt. 142 (Snow Lake sign). Bear left at intersection onto Rt. 142 and go 8.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.3 miles to campground.


33.42318332 N
108.50067075 W

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