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Cove Campground

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Quemado, NM

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Number of Sites:
1 tent site
7650 feet


There are no developed campsites at Cove Campground. It is primarily a lake access area with a large parking area suitable for self contained RV or trailer camping and one site suitable for tent camping. Boat parking is available.



Open year round
7650 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
1 tent site
Additional Details

Water is not available from October 1 to April 30.

Generally ATVs are allowed on the Forest but they must be licensed and users must follow all state laws regarding use. ATV use is not allowed in Quemado Lake Recreation Area.

The closest store is Snuffy''s, just west of the lake. Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased there. Snuffy''s also has a restaurant.

There are no designated tent sites but the area at the base of the hill just to the left as you cross the culverts is suitable for tent camping.

There are no RV hookups or designated RV sites. A dump station is available at Piñon Campground (May 1 to September 30). Dump fee is $5.00.

Only boats with oars or electic motors are permitted on Quemado Lake. A boat ramp is available but because of the current low water level it is not usable to launch boats.

The lake is stocked with trout and tiger muskies. Muskies are catch and release only. New Mexico Game and Fish regulations apply.

Hunting is not allowed in the recreation area. The recreation area is located in New Mexico Game Management Unit 15 and is popular for base camp use.

The rock formations near the intersection of NM 32 and NM 103 are attractive.Slaughter Mesa Scenic Loop. Go east from the lake on FR 13 approximately 10 miles to Slaughter Mesa and continue on approximately 7 more miles to FR 214. At this point you can go north approximately 10 miles to the old town of Mangas and then 12 more miles to US 60. You can also go south on FR 214 for approximately 11 miles to NM 12. This road is rough. An alternate route from Slaughter Mesa is to go west on FR 93 for approximately 18 miles to NM 32.

Occasional elk may be seen. Be careful driving at night since elk are often on the roads. The upper end of the lake provides ideal habitat for wildlife watching.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Just west of Quemado, NM, go south on NM 32 for 14.2 miles to Quemado Lake/NM 103 sign. At the sign go east on NM 103 for 4 miles to where Forest Road 13 (gravel) begins. Continue straight for 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground.

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