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Monjeau Campground

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National Forest

Monjeau Lookout is a famous landmark on the Smokey Bear Ranger District built originally in 1936 and then reconstructed in 1940 as part of a Civilian Conservation Corps project. This site is a wonderful and adventurous place to visit. Roads leading up to the site are dirt and can be steep in places. Visit during the summer months as the road leading to it closes during the winter with the advent of snow. Monjeau Lookout is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Click Here for a recent article from the "Lookout Network" detailing the entire history of this place.

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NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2022


Beautiful area under the lookout. Pretty quiet but limited areas you can go, at least for at RTT. Can be windy and cold at night. Road up there was somewhat rough but I think any car can make it without issues.

Month of VisitDecember
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2022

Monjeau Campgroud great view

This was an amazing spot to camp. We have a Tacoma with a rooftop tent and the road leading to the campsite wasn’t an issue at all. In fact, most vehicles are more than likely to make it if they aren’t too long or pulling a trailer. We didn’t go all the way to the peak because it was windy but the site we stopped at had picnic tables, a bathroom with pit toilets, and the ground was level. Our view was beautiful! There were also some horses roaming around. Oh and it’s free! Can’t beat it.

Month of VisitMay
Hasan A.
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2021


I have never seen so many stars. It is a beautiful scene, there are a lot of trees burned down but we saw wild horses, deer, and massive dropping either of Elk or Bear.

Highly recommend. If you prefer a campground with clean bathrooms, there is the Skyline campground at a lower altitude.


Monjeau Campground is located in New Mexico

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Follow NM 48 north out of Ruidoso 4 miles. Turn west (left) on NM 532 for 1 mile. Turn north (right) on Forest Road 117 for 5 miles. The last 3 miles may be rough.


33.43139472 N
105.73083718 W

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