Overview of Cabresto Lake Campground
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Reported by njoynit on 6/9/2020
Number of Sites 9
Open Seasonally May - Sept.
Elevation 9,186 ft / 2,799 m
Max Stay 14
Tent Camping Yes
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Reviews of Cabresto Lake Campground 1 person has reviewed this location.
“A mountain lake, amazing hike along Lake Fork stream, always lots of people on ATVs”
If you're partial to mountain lakes, they got you from the jump here at Cabresto.
The 9 campsites were all occupied this past weekend. (Several face a few hundred foot cliff, so with little kids there are quite a few less.) We pitched tents in a dispersed spot with a couple of stone-built fire rings (no fires per Covid restrictions; camp stoves OK) just a few hundred yards down 134A from the lake and the campground tucked into a hairpin turn and the surrounding mountains. Just freaking beautiful. There are toilets in the campground parking area, but I guess the NFS ain't cleaning them.
The hike that departs from the trailhead sign with the faded trail map goes around the lake's northern shore and continues for 8 miles or so uphill to Heart Lake, which we only heard about but gather is a stunner of a natural feature. (Cabresto is made by a dam and currently pretty low but not so low to make it ugly like a lot of NM dammed lakes.)
If ATVs bother you, you're going to be cursing a lot. We didn't mind them too much. After dark it all settles down mostly. Folks were cool.
The road was no problem four our 2000 4Runner. But I could imagine the sign where 134A starts, something like, 'No passenger vehicles' should probably be taken seriously.
njoynit would stay here again
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- dry camping
- recreation trail
- fire ring
- picnic table
- restrooms: vault
Campground not open but great to explore
Nice but breeze at times.
New owners and called 4K River Ranch now!
Beautiful but crowded!
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