Forest Road 242

Cibola National Forest

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Juan Tomas Road
Tijeras, NM 87059
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GPS: 35.0328, -106.3264

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 2274 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Motorized dispersed camping is allowed up to 40' from the centerline of the road.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
293 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“None shall pass!”

Reviewed May 15, 2018

Overall Rating

We didn’t make it quite this far, so if there’s a little camping area like FR462 has, I cannot attest. However, that site was full (there are two spots there, both could accommodate two vans or truck campers but we didn’t want to crowd) and then maybe three turnouts one might camp at. Once you get about half a mile behind the actual camping area, there is nowhere to turn around if you’re in a Ford E350 extended. So we kept going. Gnarly road, Fer sher, but were 2wd and made it in and out with no trouble. Slow, rocky roading though. Better than Haugendaas any day. The view left my jaw slack and the weather was perfect in mid-May. No one came through all night, but by morning some cyclists, two Jeepers and a woman walking her dog (from whence she came, nobody knows...) were waving hello. Cell service remained spot on the entire time with LTE. Great airport access for folks like us who don’t want to pay for hotels. Note that if you come in via 462, the turn for both places is just beyond the hiking parking lot. Turn right up what looks more like a cliff than a road, immediately before the metal gate. Not recommended for anything large or trailers, though a lovely couple pulling a tiny, tiny teardrop made it up just before us.

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  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • recreation trail
  • pet restrictions: leashed
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