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Red Cloud Campground

About

National Forest

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

Small (5 sites) quiet and primitive camp in a Ponderosa forest at 7600__elevation. Located near an old mining district, the campground gets heavy use in fall hunting seasons, less at other times.

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Location

Red Cloud Campground is located in Texas

Detail location of campground

Coordinates

34.176237 N
105.699657 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Poor

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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8 Reviews

g
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2024

quiet site, good for off-roading

when i got to the site there was only one other person. we were at opposite ends of the site and couldn’t even see each others camps. very quiet and feels very secluded, but its only about 5 min off the highway. site has trash, toilets, grills, picnic tables, and already established fire pits. i did not see any of the free range cattle at the site, but i did see a large herd of deer at the back side of the site. i did a decent amount of exploring on the land across the road from the site, once off the site you will see a lot of manure but it was cool wandering around, found a bunch of animal skeletons. if you are wanting more dispersed camping with better views, i recommend going past the site entirely and camping off the road somewhere. you should only go on the trail if you have 4x4 though. there were some primitive campsites along the ~20 mile trail that had much better views. will be back to camp further down the trail! i’ve attached a pic marked with the location of camp and highlighted the trail. the trail does circle all the way around to the camp entrance.

Month of VisitApril
M
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2023

Great camp site

The site is secluded and remote set in a beautiful pine forest. Only 5 camp sites that are spread apart. The sites have a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Although it is remote and I have to travel down gravel roads, I easily got our RV to the camp grounds. At night it is pitch black and the only sounds you can hear are nature. On a clear night the stars would be amazing. Unfortunately it was overcast when I went. No hookups or anything, but a restroom. Great spot to get away and soak in nature.

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Mark D., March 15, 2023
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2022

Nice stop for the night

Easy to find at night. Google Maps takes you to the right spot. It doesn’t exist on Apple Maps and Dyrt has it marked wrong. There is no cell coverage but there are also plenty of signs. Roads were solid with some snow and my 2wd sedan got in/out easy. Would only need 4wd if it’s muddy

Month of VisitFebruary
Dylan J.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2021

Secluded, Secure Camping

Great campground, fencing around the campsites. Well maintained easily accessible 4x4 not necessary.

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Jamie P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2021

Nice dispersed camping

A nice place to disperse camp vault toilets, the campground is at approximately 8000 ft. I observed elk crossing my campsite. A very nice place to camp in the summer to escape the heat. Near the town of Corona.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Jamie P., April 24, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Jamie P., April 24, 2021
Brett H.
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2021

Clean, secluded USFS campground

Gem of a USFS campground in the Cibola National Forest near Corona, NM. Can get crowded on weekends and most especially during Fall hunting season.

Note that directions from Maps/Dyrt tries to send you the wrong way off County Rd 22, so follow the brown signs to the campground and you can’t miss it.

Pros:

  • Road in is reasonably well maintained and accessible (we saw a mix of trucks, RVs and vans all making way easily, even a few passenger cars; go slow)
  • Several dispersed sites also available near entrance to campground and down road passed campground
  • Pit toilets were fine and seem to be maintained; trash bins also available
  • Reasonably spaced sites with tables and fire pits (no water to my knowledge, so pack in)
  • Beautiful views up the road on way to a fire tower and a zone that’s still pretty bare from previous fires
  • Family of livestock roam the area which is entertaining (just watch out for the giant cow pies)

Cons:

  • Might see some dirt bikes/UTV traffic, which can get noisy
  • Can get really crowded during hunting seasons and likely near holidays, so be aware (talked to a local and got the scoop from their many times staying here)
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Brett H., April 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Brett H., April 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by Brett H., April 14, 2021
M
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2021

Nicely Isolated!

The other review is spot on, nice small campground with pit toilets and no amenities.  If you are looking to get away, this is the place!   Yes, there is some livestock.  It is a beautiful campground.

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by MtnBkr1984 , March 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by MtnBkr1984 , March 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Red Cloud Campground by MtnBkr1984 , March 25, 2021
Augie E.
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2019

Ponderosa and juniper forest

Small free campground , pit toilets , no water , grazing livstock

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Red Cloud Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Red Cloud Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Red Cloud Campground?

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