Cuchillo Del Medio Campground, Taos, NM

Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

Free Camping Near Taos, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Carson National Forest. There are only three (3) campsites, too small for most trailers and motorhomes, but capable of handling tear drop trailers, or trailers up to 16 feet in length. This campground is open seasonally from April to December, depending on weather.


Questa Ranger District logo

Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 586-0520

Official campground webpage


GPS: 36.5591, -105.5355

Elevation: 8,071 feet

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 Cuchillo Del Medio Campground

One of three small campgrounds on paved road to Taos Ski Valley providing access to Rio Hondo fishing and hiking in Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area and Wheeler Peak Wilderness.

Two of the campsites are large enough for small to medium-sized RVs. Roads within the campground can be tight and steep. It’s best to park your trailer or motorhome on a wide shoulder along State Highway 150 before entering because you may have difficulty getting out if all campsites are full.

This is a popular campground when open due to fishing in the Rio Hondo, and due to people hiking through the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness and Wheeler Park Wilderness.

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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