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Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed

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Bureau of Land Management

Welcome to the Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed camping area in New Mexico. This spot is perfect for those who enjoy a more rugged, no-frills camping experience. It's a large area with plenty of space to set up camp wherever you can get your vehicle. The main roads are in decent shape, but the side roads can be a bit rough, so be prepared for some bumps.

One of the standout features here is the sheer openness and the beautiful views of the surrounding area. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly stunning, making it a great place for photography or just soaking in the natural beauty. Despite being close to a landfill, you won't notice any smell or garbage, which is a pleasant surprise.

There are no hookups or running water, so come prepared with your own supplies. The only amenity you'll find is a vault toilet near the entrance. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a campfire under the stars, but you'll need to bring your own firewood.

Pets are welcome, but keep in mind that not everyone keeps their dogs on a leash, so if you're bringing your furry friend, be prepared for some canine visitors. The area is also popular for activities like hiking and shooting, so it can get a bit noisy at times.

Overall, if you're looking for a free, spacious, and scenic spot near Santa Fe, this dispersed camping area is a solid choice. Just remember to pack out all your trash and leave the place better than you found it. Enjoy your stay!

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Location

Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed is located in New Mexico

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Coordinates

35.68909 N
106.0938831 W

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  • Dispersed

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  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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38 Reviews

RThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2024

A lot of trash

I drove in and was immediately stopped by park rangers. They told me they were letting people know they will be shutting this location down do to people not being decent. If it is still open, you’ll see a lot of trash. Certain sites looked better than others. Flat land with not a lot to do.

Month of VisitJuly
Dominica T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 20, 2024

Santa fe boondocking

Overall I really liked this spot. However no one seems to keep their dogs on a leash despite the law being 6 foot leash at all times. They let their dogs roam thru everyone's campsites.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Dominica T., May 20, 2024
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Dominica T., May 20, 2024
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Dominica T., May 20, 2024
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Randy S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2024

Stopped for morning rest

There was a slight amount of trash at most sites. Sad!

Month of VisitApril
Alice S.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2023

Dry dry

Not a lot going on. Good place to stop to sleep for free. Other than that idk what you would do. If your in a tent, boring.

Month of VisitSeptember
N
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2022

Easiest spot near Santa Fe

This is a large area with many campsites. Pretty much anywhere you can get your vehicle, you can camp. No services except for a vault toilet near the entrance. The roads are dirt. Main roads are good, side roads have a bit more ruts and divots.

When you come into the dispersed area, there are a lot more people camped near the front, but if you continue down the road you can easily find a secluded spot. The spot was quiet for the most part, just a few dogs barking at night.

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Noah E., December 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Noah E., December 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Noah E., December 21, 2022
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BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2022

for those who aren’t picky

it’s loud day and night due to being by airport and landfill. road is trash after getting to the second cattle guard. lots of shooting ranges, nearly unlimited campsites, dogs barking and trash scattered but still it’s very relaxing being in the forest

Month of VisitJanuary
Izzy T.
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2022

Decent

First off, I’m so disappointed with the state of the land. The trailhead was crowded and covered in trash. Complete filth no matter which direction you go, including abandoned RV’s. It’s right next to a landfill so the flies rule this land. ATV and gun activity all weekend.

We stayed at a site a mile from the trailhead, minimal trash and lots of room to spread out.

Advantages: 15 minutes to town, beautiful sunrise/sunset, relatively quiet during the week. Great views of the surrounding area.

Month of VisitSeptember
J
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2022

Good spot

Lost signal while driving down the road to the spot but found a spot with service. Picked a secluded spot surrounded by trees with a fire pit. While the sun was up I heard gunshots and people would drive by but it quieted down after sundown. Saw a cop drive around as well. There were a few cars when I drove in but didn’t see any people from where I parked. Very nice and quiet.

Month of VisitJuly
Esperanza  R.
Reviewed May. 12, 2022

Great Boondocking Spot!

Great boondocking spot @15 mins from downtown Santa Fe.

Zero amenities but clean, huge open areas, and safe.

Your are behind a huge solid waste transfer station but you’d never know besides the huge hill. No smell or garbage anywhere.

Pros-

-HUGE open area -WIFI is great (pull in and go to the left down by the cattle coral) -Clean areas -Safe -Bathrooms (Didn’t Use) -Tons of hiking -15mins tops to downtown Santa Fe -Free

Cons-

-Windy -Dusty -No water -No Dump Station

We got water at the dog park up the road with our water bladder bag. Try to go during dusk as it is way less busy with fewer spectators watching and wondering what you’re doing, we had zero issues! 😊

It’s a great Free spot for a night or two weeks also surrounded by BLM land so you can’t really go wrong.

This area is well big enough for any size rig, just stay to the right on the gravel road pass the cattle guard where the road is gravel and smoother for sure!

Enjoy! 😊

SiteBy the cattle coral to the left when pulling after cattle guard!
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Esperanza  R., May 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Esperanza  R., May 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Esperanza  R., May 12, 2022
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K
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2022

First car camp with 3 pups

This area truly makes you feel like you are in the wild west. Had a blast. The sunset was amazing. The only thing is some JERK pulled near me at 3am with his big loud engine running and his headlights pointed right at my tent...for about an hour. I was scared and angry. Nothing came of it, but seriously, some people have no decency.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Kimberly M., April 9, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Kimberly M., April 9, 2022
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l
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2022

Nice and quiet

Arrived around 7:00 on Saturday and lots of campers but lots of room. Everyone was quiet and almost everyone turned lights out so no light pollution from neighbors. No TP at restroom, so go prepared. Would stay here again.

Siteboondocked
Month of VisitMay
k
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2022

Car camping in March 2022

Camped for one night and enjoyed some beautiful March weather (overnight low in the 50s).

Very nice area - a fair number of people had their vans parked here - maybe one or two other tents. Fairly windy area so I appreciated the little bit of tree shelter (though maybe that was just the night). Pretty clean but still reduced our footprint by picking up some trash others left - it all helps!

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by kelsey , March 30, 2022
N
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2022

Great dispersed camping

Wide open space to pick your spot next to a Juniper or two.

Hardly anyone here, just the coyotes howling. Appreciated access to a pit toilet.

Sitejuniper #3 :-)
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Nigel T., March 13, 2022
D
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2022

Great spot

My first time dispersed camping was a success! Enough space for people to spread out, little trees help with privacy. Freezing here at night but it is winter! Beautiful views and just enough service for t-mobile! Couldn’t ask for more really! Just remember Leave No Trace as I did see some litter, nothing crazy tho. Awesome spot.

Month of VisitFebruary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Desi T., January 25, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Desi T., January 25, 2022
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Desi T., January 25, 2022
Niecey P.
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2021

Great boondocking experience

Spacious sites, great cell reception and very close to town. Will definitely boondock here again!

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Niecey P., December 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Niecey P., December 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Niecey P., December 21, 2021
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GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2021

Santa Fe Overlook

Dispersed camping on the edge of Santa Fe. Easy access. Some former homeless camps and trash scattered around. Go further in for a more scenic vista on high ground.

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Garret M., December 15, 2021
B
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2021

BLM land

Great views. Minutes outside of town. Someone else mentioned cel service slowing down at night. I experienced the same thing. Not a big deal if your not stuck inside but...

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Bruce , December 12, 2021
B
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2021

BLM land

Great views. Minutes outside of town

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Bruce , December 12, 2021
J
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2021

Boondocking Dusty

Lots of room and privacy because of scrub. Good solar. But the wind and the passing vehicles blow up dust.

Month of VisitJanuary
Nancy B.
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2021

Great BLM land

Nice and quiet! LOTS of area to park and be isolated. Easy drive to Santa Fe

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Nancy B., November 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Nancy B., November 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Nancy B., November 17, 2021
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Lee G.
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2021

Great overnighter

Lots of nomads but plenty of spots midweek, feels safe, 15min from town.

Connectivity at night is slow, but faster during the day for some reason, even with our booster. Was able to get a signal on all major carriers.

Siteto the right after crossing cattle gaurd
Month of VisitDecember
L
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2021

Perfect dispersed camping spot

This is a massive dispersed camping area. I’m not really sure how far in the camping spots go, but so far I’ve seen over 100, with about 1/4 of them taken right now. Many, but not all, are level spots. Roads vary depending on which spots your getting to. Great cell service. Great views. And minutes away from stores and gas stations.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Loren A., November 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Loren A., November 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by Loren A., November 6, 2021
David N.
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2021

Best and only place in Santa Fe

Lots of options and always a fair amount of campers. Mostly big rigs and vans. Can be quite dusty, but overall it’s great. Just 5 miles to town.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by David N., November 2, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by David N., November 2, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by David N., November 2, 2021
TheCampingNerd ..
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2021

Huge Free Camping Area That Feels Safe Near Santa Fe

There are a ton of campsites here, and even more options if you have a high clearance vehicle. 

If you have a low clearance RV I recommend taking the first road to the left after crossing the cattle guard. That road leads around most of the camping area and you can avoid the side roads with the steep entrances. 

It is right next to a landfill which is interesting but there were no flies or smells in October. 

For a free camping area right next to a city the area felt safe and was surprisingly clean.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by TheCampingNerd .., October 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by TheCampingNerd .., October 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed by TheCampingNerd .., October 21, 2021
Em X K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

Santa Fe BLM Dispersed

Nice spot west of Santa Fe. Not very far from town. Warmer than staying in the mountains to the east for sure.

SiteDispersed
Month of VisitNovember
muj V.
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2021

Great area close to Santa Fe

It's a great area with flat sites and close proximity to Santa Fe. The dirt road is not too long and not bad at all. There were a bunch of campers there but it didnt feel crowded. There was a pit toilet, clean and maintained (had fully stocked TP).

Driving along the access road, seems like there are also camping spots before the gate, but within the gate is the Forest Service grounds.

Stars are amazing at night. We saw nearby hiking and mtb trails, though we didnt get to try them. Santa Fe is also a great city to visit while here.

Month of VisitNovember
A
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

Excellent place to camp

My husband and I stayed here with our ‘84 pull behind trailer. We kept driving past where we could see a lot of people and found a more secluded spot down the road. I wouldn’t say it’s quiet during the day, there are ATVs and lots of gunshots at the impromptu shooting range down the little road, but the night is pretty quiet.

We heard a couple huge packs of coyotes multiple times, lots of crows, a few jack rabbits, but nobody bugged us.

There are old cow patties dried up everywhere, and because of that the flies are eager and ready to go if you provide them any other source of poo, so be wary to dig a hole and bury it or trek up to the pit toilet near the entrance.

The sunsets were beautiful. Nights were pretty chilly, low to mid 40’s in the end of September. We did have one huge rain storm that made the road in almost impassible, and we have a 4x4 pickup. The mud sticks in the treads of the tires, making them super slick. Definitely passable on a normal dry day without a 4x4 though, especially if you stay closer to the entrance where most people are.

Saw a bunch of trash, picked up what I could. Please leave it better than you found it and preserve this place! I saw a lot of very preventable trash, plastic bottles, cans with bullet holes, etc.

Month of VisitOctober
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Todd M.
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2021

Good Dispersed Camping Spot

For Dispersed Camping this is good. We are a 45’ DP with 30’ trailer and found a place shortly after we came into the gates. I had rained the day before but had no issues as ground soaked it up. The area did a have several other campers all about a football field apart. Cell was 3-4 bars on ATT and Verizon. If you look on google maps you will see it is close to the landfill but we experienced no issues from that.

Month of VisitNovember
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Nicole V.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2021

Great Campsite with solid cell service

One reviewer wrote it’s very dusty…IT’S THE DESERT! Yes, it is but this is the SW. If this is an issue for you than this isn’t the spot.

Close to town, this is popular with RV, 5th wheels, air streams, campers with tents and there is plenty of room. Visitors are respectful of space and privacy, please honor this. This is a big parcel with tall brush and shrubs to shelter against the winds and for privacy.

The deeper one drives into this site the hillier it gets with great views of the mountains. I have a Honda CRV with FED and stuck to spots I can drive onto easily. It rained heavily for an hour but the earth was dry shortly afterward. There are deep wheel groves on some of the gravel/mud roads. Be careful as drop offs can damage your wheels or car. Easy to spot and avoid.

I have been here for three days & nights, very windy at times and very cool at night (end of Sept).

One can make friends or be social with other campers, easy to spot who is welcoming and helpful hose that prefer to be alone.

Plenty of drive through sites for those hauling campers/5th wheels and adventure terrain with AWD/trucks.

FYI this site is near a landfill, doesn’t smell (during my stay) and there are construction noises that echo through the canyon during the morning and day. Quiet at night.

Beautiful spot. Enjoy!

SiteSanta Fe BLM Road 62 Dispersed
Month of VisitOctober
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed?

Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed is located at 6439 feet.

Are fires allowed at Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Sante Fe National Forest BLM-Road 62 Dispersed?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.