Rio de Los Pinos Campground, Antonito, CO

Tres Piedras Ranger District

Carson National Forest

Free Camping Near Antonito, CO

This is a free, developed campground offered by Carson National Forest. The campground is actually located in New Mexico, about 8.6 miles south of the border, and about 16.3 miles south of Antonito, CO. However, the nearest town with supplies and fuel is Antonito.

Authority

Tres Piedras Ranger District logo

Tres Piedras Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/carson/recarea/?recid=44066

Official campground webpage

Particulars

GPS: 36.9559, -106.1743

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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, vault toilet

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Camping at Rio de Los Pinos Campground

This campground is located along the north side of Rio de Los Pinos, not the south side as depicted in forest service maps.

Rio de Los Pinos Campground is stretched out over a mile and a half starting at the GPS coordinates above and heading west. There are officially four campsites, but realistically there are at least seven, perhaps as many as ten, until you reach the end of the forest boundary.

Most, if not all, of these sites are large enough for full-sized RVs along with additional chase vehicles.

The first campsite is marked by the GPS coordinates above. County Road 443 into this area is all hard-packed gravel, suitable for any 2WD vehicle. Once you reach the first campsite, the road becomes more rocky and narrow. A high clearance vehicle is recommended, though not necessarily required.

There is no turn around along the forest road aside from pulling into a site. The good news is that these campsites are rarely used, and you should have a problem finding a site.

Videos

Rio de los Pinos Campground, New Mexico, High Desert Camper Tours, Nov 2, 2020

Associated Documents

Motor Vehicle Use Map, Tres Piedras, Canjilon, El Rito Ranger Districts, 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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