Trout Lakes Campground, Tierra Amarilla, NM

Canjilon Ranger District

Carson National Forest

Free Camping Near Tierra Amarilla, NM

This is a designated dispersed camping area offered by Carson National Forest. Trout Lakes is a series of three to six lakes, depending on water levels, There is a road that connects these lakes together, and dispersed camping is allowed around them. There are picnic tables and a vault toilet on site.


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Canjilon Ranger District

Carson National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 684-2489

Official campground webpage


GPS: 36.6057, -106.3794

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Vault toilet, picnic tables, fire rings

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Camping at Trout Lakes Campground

Tranquility is the word that comes to mind at Trout Lakes Campground. It’s what you probably envision when you think of forest camping.

Campsites here are suitable for small to full-sized trailers and motorhomes. The lakes provide fishing opportunities amid a setting of quiet conifers and aspen. Summer’s quiet beauty turns to gold as autumn touches the aspen and rewards campers lingering in the area.

Access road to Trout Lakes is hazardous when wet. Forest Road 125 is graveled from U.S. Highway 84 for three miles. The remainder is not graveled and is extremely slick and hazardous when wet. Monsoon rains make this road impassable. High clearance vehicle and four-wheel drive is recommended during wet weather. Large RVs or camper trailers are allowed during warm, dry weather, but not advised when wet.

There are as many as 12 previously-used campsites here,

Fishing is pretty good here, with several locals preferring this spot for trout all throughout the warmer months.

Other Campsites Within 20 Miles Radius

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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