Cabresto Lake Campground, Questa, NM

Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

Free Camping Near Questa, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Carson National Forest. There are nine (9) campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, along with a vault toilet, all situated along the lakeshore of Cabresta Lake. It's a popular area with OHVs, thus you should expect to hear them all day long.


Questa Ranger District logo

Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 586-0520

Official campground webpage


GPS: 36.7475, -105.4993

Elevation: 9,154 feet

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14-days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic table, fire rings, vault toilet,

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Camping at Cabresto Lake Campground

Cabresto Lake Campground is a popular destination for campers seeking a blend of fishing, hiking, and off-road vehicle riding. The road leading to the campground is a gravel and dirt path accessible primarily through NM 38. While it does not explicitly require a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a high-clearance vehicle is strongly recommended due to the rough road laden with rocks and potential for ruts, especially following adverse weather conditions .

The campground itself is modest, featuring nine primitive campsites. These sites are best suited for small to medium-sized vehicles or RVs, with a maximum vehicle length of about 22 feet. This limitation is due to both the size of the sites and the narrow, rugged access road, making it less ideal for larger rigs.

In terms of occupancy, Cabresto Lake Campground is often crowded with campers seeking a weekend trout-fishing experience. Due to its remote location and limited amenities, many 4WD enthusiasts come up here, creating a fair amount of noise.

Other Campsites Within 20 Miles Radius

Associated Documents

Motor Vehicle Use Map, Questa Ranger District, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2023)
Carson National Forest Order 03-02-00-2023-03, Occupancy rules, maximum camping limits, (eff: May 31, 2023, term: December 31, 2027)

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