Mountains in the distance, a river right next to camp, gravel and dirt roads, lots of woods.. what more can you ask for? We stayed Wednesday through Friday night. Only a few other cars around when we first arrived.. if you’re traveling here during the weekend, expect a more crowded experience as caravans started pulling in Friday.
Pro tips: No water, no trash, no outhouses.. only rock fire-pits, which were clutch. Beware of the dirt! We had a blanket of dirt/dust on our bedding until we sealed the tent shut.
Decent campground with lots of first-come, first serve dispersed camping options along the forest road. Trees are available but can be difficult to hammock camp. Very peaceful location listening to the river all night.
I've stayed here twice now since being in New Mexico. This site is right on the water, overlooks the canyon, and is close to a hike to the right side of the canyon through a dried up riverbed. I *love* staying here. It's so peaceful, quiet, enough trees to keep you shaded from the harsh sun here. The road is runner friendly, so you can go on a jog if you like. Its definitely a campsite for people looking to strictly hang out.
views and sunsets are EPIC. Stay here instead of the packed Rio Chama campground if you're a casual camper who doesn't need amenities. And pick up your toilet paper so this place stays nice!
These coordinates are a rough estimate, but this entire forrest road is filled with amazing campsites you can simply pull off and camp in. currently there’s a fire ban, so it makes it hard to stay warm at night, but the stars are amazing. it’s quiet. it’s lovely. there’s canyon walls for miles. it’s really amazing. some of these pics are from the nearby canyon that’s a bit of a walk up the road, but most are from our campground. loved our first experience camping in New Mexico!