Big Tesuque Campground, Santa Fe, NM

Espanola Ranger District

Santa Fe National Forest

Free Camping Near Santa Fe, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Santa Fe National Forest. There are 10 small camping units intended for tents only, though it's common to see vans, pickup truck campers, and small trailers set up in the parking lot. It's also a popular picnic stop along the road to the ski resort at the top.

Authority

Espanola Ranger District logo

Espanola Ranger District

Santa Fe National Forest

District Office

Tel: (505) 753-7331

Official campground webpage

Particulars

GPS: 35.7693, -105.8091

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Vault toilet, picnic tables, fire rings, trash cans

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Camping at Big Tesuque Campground

Big Tesuque Campground sits along a bend in the highway at a scenic area of Aspen. The campground is very busy, especially in the fall colors season season. During the snow, people come up here to slid down the mountain side on sleds and inner tubes.

At an elevation of 9,675 feet, it’s not for folks with cardiac issues or the “oxygen challenged”.

It’s still a popular destination for road nomads because it lies just 12 miles from the downtown of Santa Fe, making it a great place for van dwellers, car campers, or other full-time vehicle residents who can get away with parking in smaller areas.

Other Campsites Within 20 Miles Radius

Associated Documents

Santa Fe National Forest Order 10-494, Occupancy rules, camping limits, alcohol possession, public nudity, (eff: June 10, 2021, term: December 31, 2026)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Espanola & Pecos Ranger Districts, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2024)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Coyote, Cuba, & Espanola Ranger Districts, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2024)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Jemez & Espanola Ranger Districts, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2024)

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