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Pinon Campground

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Quemado, NM

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Number of Sites:
22 tent sites / 2 group sites
7820 feet


The camp sites are nestled among mature piñon and juniper trees. It is tranquil and undiscovered with a few sites having a view of Quemado Lake. The campground is comprised of a family camping loop and a group camping loop.

Nice quiet clean campground nestled among piñon and juniper trees.



May to September
7820 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
22 tent sites / 2 group sites
Additional Details

First come basis except for the group sites.

Golden Age and Golden Access Passport holders receive 1/2 off on usage fees. Golden Eagle is not valid.

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.

Quemado is 21 miles from the campground. The nearby Snuffy''s Steakhouse and Cowboy Saloon, full of local color and character, makes a good place for a "cooks night off." There are also limited groceries available at Snuffys along with information about local events and activities.

Sites have level gravel pads.

No RV hookups are available but some sites are large enough for self contained RVs up to 30 feet.

RV dump station is available at the entrance to the campground (May 1 to September 30). Dump fee is $5.00.

Only boats with oars or electic motors are permitted on Quemado Lake.

Lake fishing is 1 mile away. Quemado Lake is stocked with trout and tiger muskies. Muskies are catch and release only.

Pinon Access Trail (foot trail starting next to site 47 and 0.8 miles long) provides access to Quemado Lake and a network of area trails.

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 dving at night since elk are often on the roads. The upper end of the lake provides ideal habitat….

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Just west of Quemado, NM, take NM 32 south 14.2 miles to Quemado Lake/NM 103 sign. At sign turn left onto NM 103 and go 4 miles to where Forest Road 13 (gravel) begins. Continue straight on FR 13 for 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

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