Lower Hondo 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 four (4) campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, large enough for small to medium-sized RVs, but there are few other previously-used dispersed sites that smaller vehicles can get into.


Questa Ranger District logo

Questa Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 586-0520

Official campground webpage


GPS: 36.5486, -105.5495

Elevation: 7,838 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 Lower Hondo Campground

One of a series of small campgrounds on Highway 150 en route to Taos Ski Valley. The campground provides immediate access to fishing on the Rio Hondo and is near hiking trails in the Columbine-Hondo and Wheeler Peak wilderness areas.

This campground is generally only open from April to December each year depending on weather.

It’s gets full quickly during the open season due to fishing along the Rio Hondo. Small to medium-sized trailers can get into these campsites, but can be difficult to turn around if all sites are taken. Best to find wide shoulder along State Highway 150 and park there first to scout the campground.

Being this campground is closer to the cities of Arroyo Hondo and Taos, it tends to be used by transients working summer jobs.

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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