Hackberry Lake Campground North

Hackberry Lake OHV Area

Bureau of Land Management

Free Camping Near Carlsbad, NM

This is a developed campground intended for OHV riders, but is also used by RVers visiting Carlsbad Caverns and the town of Carlsbad. There are 12 campsites here, each with a covered picnic table. Some of the sites have cooking grills, and most have trash cans. There is also a vault toilet here.


Hackberry Lake OHV Area

Bureau of Land Management

Carlsbad Field Office

Tel: (575) 234-5972


GPS: 32.6359, -103.8693

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: Covered picnic tables, cooking grills, trash cans, vault toilet

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Camping at Hackberry Lake OHV Area

An older facility than Hackberry Lake Campground South, this campground offers more campsites and places riders closer to the dunes, and the campsites are more spread out. This lies about 6 miles north from the South Campground.

This campground gets crowded during the weekends with OHV riders. During the week from Monday to Thursday, it gets quiet and there’s plenty of open campsites to choose from.

In our experience, this campground gets pretty windy, as evidenced by the nearby dunes. There’s also noise from trucks servicing the oil fields. If you don’t mind the slightly longer drive into town, this is the better campground compared to South Campground.

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