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Old 09-23-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Advice on Campgrounds in Norther NM

Hello all. We're on the eve of a two-week vacation camped overnight outside of Childress, Texas. No real plans except to check out Carson National Forest. We're anxious to see the trees, or even try our hand at a night or two of boon-docking, but equally comfortable glamping. If you would recommend any favorite spots, campgrounds or other attractions near Carson or anywhere in the vacinity for that matter, we'd sure love to hear about them. Thanks in advance! Feels so good to take a break and be back on the road!!

PS, plan is to take the Northern route from Raton to Taos. Any hills to watch out for???
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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It Depends on What You Like

In Carson National Forest itself, there are myriad campsites if you are willing to expose your rig to Forest Service roads and if you want to boondock. From now through the end of January you will be competing with hunters for the campsites.
That said, you may wish to consider the following (based on the information you provided):
1. Sugarite State Park northeast of Raton has two RV parks, one has full hook ups, the other has more beautiful, and more spacious sites, for dry-camping.
2. Whittington Center southwest of Raton has an RV park with full hookups if you belong to the NRA.
3. Further west on the western boundary of Carson Forest, you have a nice campground at Navajo Lake. Below the lake on the San Juan River you have Cottonwood Camground with hookups.
4. Not as far east as Raton, but also near the CO border, you have Heron Lake State Park near Chama.

So, in summary, Carson National Forest doesn't have much to offer an Airstreamer except boondocking on dirt roads, but there is lots of nice camping outside the forest boundaries.
Hope this helps.
Others will chime in I'm sure.
If you want to know about a particular campsite in NM or AZ, just ask. I've probably been there.
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Thanks Ken! Any great campgrounds around Taos to check out?
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:14 AM   #4
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NRA Whittington Center - East Campground
34025 US-64, Raton, NM
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Note: NRA Shooting Range & Training Facilities. Campgrounds with full hookups OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Great reviews = $27/night

GPS coordinates: 36į 47.138'N 104į 30.604'W

Web site: NRA Whittington Center - Home

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Reviews: NRA Whittington Center Campground :: Raton, New Mexico :: RV Park Reviews
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There are a couple of BLM campgrounds in the vicinity of Taos:

Orilla Verde is located right on the Rio Grande in the lower gorge. Located southwest of Taos, the turn-off from Hwy 68 that leads to the campground is at Pilar, NM.

The Wild Rivers Rec. Area is located north of Taos. The campig area for RVs is above the gorge. To get there, drive up just north of Questa, NM and take the turn-off to Wild Rivers.

Both Orilla Verde and Wild Rivers are now part of the BLM's new and MUCH larger Rio Grande del Norte National Monument:

El Rio Grande Del Norte Map | New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Within Carson National Forest, there are lots of campgrounds. Several are located on Hwy 38 between Questa and Red River, and there are a couple more on Hwy 64 between Taos and Angel Fire. One of my favorites is, however, above Tres Piedras off of 64. HOWEVER, many of these forest service campgrounds close after Labor Day, so you should contact Carson to find out if your choice is still open.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson

Finally, there are several state parks in the area. I think someone already mentioned the one up by Raton, Sugarite State Park. In addition, there are Cimarron Canyon State Park, Eagle Nest Lake State Park, Coyote Creek State Park, and Heron Lake State Park.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/FindaPark.html


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Dear Stoways

Please use this thread to keep us posted and provide pictures of your New Mexico adventures and campgrounds.
We hope you are having a great time!
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What a great surprise to find this thread when I searched for Red River, NM! We're heading out soon for a loop hitting Page, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, then down through NM then one night at Mogollon Rim and home.

A friend who is from Santa Fe mentioned Red River area. The Carson National Forest sites seem to be closing on Sept 29 according to the website. These suggestions are so appreciated!!!!

Heron Lake was a stop for sure as 4CU-ers (A & T ) call it one of their fav places!

We're looking for mtn bike trails as well (which is why we are headed toward Cortez first).
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Now that I looked at the BLM sites of Orilla Verde and Wild Rivers,, they offer bike trails! We may need to adjust the plan and spend more time in Northern NM!

The temps are looking a little chillier this year than last - (70s last Oct)!

We are anxious to see what you find out this week!
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