Cebolla Mesa 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 five (5) campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, but there are also dozens of previously-used dispersed campsites all throughout the area. Campsites at the campground itself are small, capable of accommodating trailers up to 24 feet at best. However, many dispersed campsites are much larger.


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Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 586-0520

Official campground webpage


GPS: 36.6405, -105.6891

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilet

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Camping at Cebolla Mesa Campground

Cebolla Mesa Campground is approached via Forest Road 9, starting from State Highway 522, about 4.9 miles south of the town center of Questa. Forest Road 9 is hard-packed dirt, suitable for 2WD vehicles, but is bumpy and rutted, and you may feel better taking a high clearance vehicle instead.

The campground features five campsites, accommodating small to medium-sized vehicles and RVs up to about 24 feet in length. But there are numerous spur roads leading north of the campground taking you to dozens of dispersed campsites, many of which are large enough for full-sized RVs. There is no trash service here.

Cebolla Mesa Campground is a popular base camp for hikers and fishermen seeking recreation along the Rio Grande. It remains lightly trafficked, particularly during the weekdays, allowing visitors to often find open campsites without much difficulty. The weekends get crowded from locals coming up from Taos and Questa.

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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