Bluff Springs

Lincoln National Forest

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Upper Rio Penasco Rd.
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
575-682-2551
575-434-7200
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GPS: 32.8311, -105.7373

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Edgar

Ford Excursion
2005 Airstream 30 classic
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Edgar would stay here again

“Good times”

Reviewed Mar 31, 2017

Overall Rating

We stayed here mid March 2017. The dirt road was not that bad for our 30 ft Airstream. Once you get to the little waterfall area, it's hard to tell where the campground is at. Near the waterfall is parking for cars and a vault toilet (which was extremely dirty). We continued down the road over a little hill and found a spot to pull off into. There was a decent sized bump getting off the road but we did not drag the Airstream. The site was grass and dusty dirt with some weeds around the edges and no large trees. Someone had already built a fire pit. The little creek was running close to our site but down a very steep incline. It was too steep for kids to enjoy. Nobody else was camping near us, so it was nice and quiet. We saw some beautiful hawks flying around and a few squirrels but not other wildlife. Later that day, after our camp was setup, we drove down the road and found a spot that would have been much better. There was big trees surrounding it and the creek was at ground level. Overall we had a very good time. Hiked to the waterfall, the steps going up are very muddy and slippery. Temperatures were in the high 70s and mid 30s at night. At times it was a bit windy. We heard a lot of wildlife at night but did not see anything. When it was time to leave, it took a bit of power to get the camper moving from the loose dirt and the weight distribution hitch was close to scratching the hump to get back on the dirt road.

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The Traveling Hay...
Atlanta, GA
27 Airstream International CCD
2008 Chevrolet Express 2500
21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

The Traveling Haywoods would stay here again

“It is Beautiful, but if you are headed to this park keep an eye on the rainfall for the week leading up to your arrival. ”

Reviewed Nov 20, 2014

Overall Rating

This is a beautiful camping area with access to miles and miles of wonderful hiking. The forest had received abnormally high amounts of rainfall for the weeks leading up to our arrival, make sure you check the conditions before you arrive (there is a ranger station just a few miles away if needed). To get to the camping area you have to drive another 1.5 miles once the pavement ends. The road seemed to be kept in good shape, but the rain got the best of it on our trip. Even with all of the rain it was still passable with a 2wd while towing, but not recommended. There are numerous cattle gates, and the roads are pretty tight, so if you have a class A or larger C I would avoid it, or scout it before you make the trek. The main camping area is ok, we went another 200 yards or so past it and pulled off on to a grassy area above the creek. If it has been raining this is a bad choice as we found out when we when got stuck. Unknown to us at the time, about a 1/4 mile past the main camping area there is a nice gravel area to park or turn around without the worry of getting stuck. The only thing you have to keep an eye on is your ground clearance as you pull on and off the road (this is more for Airstreames or motorhomes). Once you are there the area is amazing, beautiful hikes that take you through flowery valleys, old burned sections of fir and aspen trees, and an abundance of wild life. The trails are a bit rocky, so if you have a small dog yo many have to help them a little. This is a dry camping spot, the only thing offered is a vault toilet. I can't wait to visit this spot again under better circumstances. There is no cell service from what I recall.

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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