The Moreno Valley has two nearby state parks as well as private and pubic RV parks. North of Angel Fire is the Cimarron Canyon State Park, which offers trout fishing and wildlife is abundant. Hikers and anglers can enjoy the park's eight mile section of Cimarron Canyon, known for its towing rock cliffs called the Palisades. South of Angel Fire is the Coyote Creek State Park, which offers solitude, scenery and some of the best mountain trout fishing in New Mexico await visitors at the park. This park sits in the eastern foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is a great place to camp, fish and hike.
Camping here ranges from forested sites in the hills east of town to the wild riverside at the bottom of the Rio Grande Gorge, and the remote and beautiful mountaintops of the Sangre de Cristos that frame the village.
The Forest Service's Questa Ranger District oversees campsites between Questa and Red River, Cabresto Lake NE of town (with fishing, canoeing, etc.) and Cebolla Mesa just south of Questa (with trails leading to the river). They also oversee the beautiful Valle Vidal sites 1 1/2 hours NE of town. The BLM hosts campsites at the Wild Rivers area of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. This beautiful area with its river trails is accessed 2.6m north of Questa. Camping consists of sites on the rim of the river gorge suitable for tents or RV's. Fresh water, shelters, and bathrooms are close. There are also idyllic campsites on the bottom of the gorge at river's edge with excellent hiking and fishing by the river! Rio Costilla Park is located north of Questa and accesses the Sangre de Cristo mountaintops. Latir Lakes opens mid-June. The park offers stunning mountain views, remote lakes, abundant elk, deer, and also bear and wild cats. Expect quiet, star-filled nights...and days of serene hikes and solitude.
Eagle Nest is the Gateway to the enchanted circle, with over 250 camp sites in and around town. It is centrally located between and bordering both Cimarron Canyon and Eagle Nest Lake State Parks. A short drive to both Angel Fire and Red River, Eagle Nest provides a selection from the most primitive dry camping in the wilderness or on the river, to the resort style campgrounds with planed activities and food services. Several private campgrounds offer 30 to 50 amp pull-throughs with full hookup, and shower facilities. Eagle Nest is truly the Campground mecca of the area. The small community, restaurants, shops, and local hospitality accentuates the great outdoor experience.
Taos offers a host of improved and unimproved camping areas near town as well as three public RV parks. Campers will find 4 improved campgrounds in Taos Canyon -- Capulin, El Nogal, La Sombra and Las Petacas -- all concession operated with no utilities. En route to the Taos Ski Valley, campers will find more primitive roadside camping, including Lower Hondo, Cuchilla del Medio, Twining and Upper Cuchilla along the Rio Hondo River. The first three permit trailers to 16', the latter offers tent camping only. To the south off Highway 518 lie the largest and most improved camping areas: Comales and Agua Piedra. Flechado is a small tent only campground. All are excellent choices for hiking, fishing, or just a great place to stop for a picnic.
The town of Red River is located in the heart of the Carson National Forest with many camping sites to choose from. Camp at a nearby Forest Service Campground, one of Red River's two RV parks, or hike to your own private destination.
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