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El Caso I-III Campground

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Quemado, NM

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Number of Sites:
22 tent sites
7680 feet


The El Caso Campgounds are partially developed campgrounds located at the east end of Quemado Lake. They are nestled in a valley stretching alongside an intermittent stream and are surrounded by ponderosa pine and cottonwood trees which offer more shade than the other campgrounds in the recreation area. The El Caso campgrounds are popular with hunters, groups, and campers desiring a more primitive camping experience than that offered in our fee sites.



Open year round
7680 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
22 tent sites
Additional Details

ATVs generally 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.

Snuffy''s is located west of Quemado Lake. It offers a small general store, hunting and fishing license sales, a restaurant, and liquor sales.

There are no developed tent pads.

There are no RV specific sites but many sites are suitable for self contained RV camping. The nearest dump station is at Piñon Campground (May 1 to September 30). Dump fee is $5.00.

Largo trailhead (Trail number 14) is at the west side of the campground. Largo trail connects with other trails in the recreation area.

Hunting is not allowed in the recreation area. El Caso campgrounds are open year round and are popular with hunters for base camp use.

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.

Take Largo Trail # 14 to the east end of Quemado Lake and the Lakeshore Trail around the lake.

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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 past the lake. The campground is on the right.

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