Whirlpool Dispersed Camping Area, Abiquiu, NM

Coyote Ranger District

Santa Fe National Forest

Free Camping Near Abiquiu, NM

This is a free, designated dispersed camping area offered by Santa Fe National Forest. It's a large, sandy riverbank near a bend in the river where whirlpools commonly form. There's enough room here for a dozen or so campers, but nothing for large RVs, The only amenity is a vault toilet on site.


Coyote Ranger District

Santa Fe National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 638-5526


GPS: 36.3140, -106.5915

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Vault toilet

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Camping at Whirlpool Dispersed Camping Area

Approached by Forest Road 151, a firm-packed dirt road suitable for any vehicle, this campground is located about 21 miles northwest of Abiquiu, NM, the closest town with fuel and supplies.

The roads inside the dispersed camping area are all dirt, but there are soft spots that a 2WD vehicle can get stuck in. It’s best to take a 4WD vehicle in here instead. The sites are generally small, suitable for no larger than a 24 foot trailer. These sites also get filled up quickly on the weekends during the Summer, so you may find it difficult to get turned around if everything is full.

Otherwise, this is a picturesque campground, right on the banks of the Rio Chama, with several sites offering a great deal of shade. Because it’s a large area, campsites can be spaced further apart for more privacy. There is also an abundance of wildlife here, particularly with snakes and lizards.

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Forest Order 10-494, Occupancy Rules - Santa Fe National Forest, 2021

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