American Spring Dispersed

Santa Fe National Forest

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New Mexico Route 4
Los Alamos, NM 87544
505-438-5300
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GPS: 35.834, -106.3755

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 10
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 8161 ft
Max Stay: 14

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

1 person has reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
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Zennie (Uphill Zen)

21 Toyota Sun-Land Express
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Zennie (Uphill Zen) would stay here again

“Free camping near Los Alamos and Bandelier”

Reviewed Dec 04, 2017

Overall Rating

This is a National Forest boondocking spot in the mountains west of Los Alamos. It's up in the hills overlooking the city, and it's also near where the highway branches off to Bandelier.

When you take the turnoff to American Spring, there's an information board right at the turnoff about camping in the area. There's a network of little roads here, and quite a lot of spots that you could use for boondocking. The roads right at the beginning seem fine for any vehicle, but as you go further, some of them will need high clearance. I stayed in a site fairly close to the entrance.

There were a few day users, but only one other person camped here when I stayed in July 2017. There's some traffic noise during the day, but at night it was very quiet. There are no facilities - just a free place to camp. I had good LTE cell service. There are also some hiking options from here, and nice views down to Los Alamos (especially at night).

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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American Spring - Free camping near Los Alamos, New Mexico

It was the 4th of July holiday weekend, and the Jemez area was packed! Every scenic stop was crawling with people, and every trailhead had a half mile of overflow parking along the road. Valles C...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail

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