Forest Road 5

Carson National Forest

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FR-5 Angel Fire, NM 87710 575-758-6200 Official Website

GPS: 36.4225, -105.3423

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: grass
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 8960 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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

8 people have reviewed this location.

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1bars
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jglow
TX Dutchmen Kodiak Cub 175BH
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

jglow would stay here again

“on the way to Taos”

Reviewed Jul 20, 2019

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Nice forest camping, and not too far off the hwy.... We stayed here early July 2019... The forest road is in good condition, but it is a bit narrow, so keep an eye out for oncoming traffic, because there are a few spots towards the beginning of the road that do not have a turnout to allow traffic to pass. There are several spots to cam... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

JLondon would stay here again

Reviewed Jun 08, 2019

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Beautiful sites that are clean and have stone fire rings. Most spots have some tree cover but I did notice a few without a very level surface for tents. It was cold at night (33°) but the morning sun warmed it up quickly. Many site are fairly easy to get into and most of the road is smooth — but the end is rutted and muddy in some ... more

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2bars
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This Way or That Way
AZ Chevrolet Siverado
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 13
Site Number: n/a
“Absolutely loved it!”

Reviewed Sep 22, 2018

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The road in is well graded with several pull off spots in case you meet oncoming traffic. There are several spots off the road. Once you near the end of the road, it gets a little rutted out and quite muddy if it's been raining, but if you can make it, there's some really nice spots back there. Although there’s many old logging roads ... more

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2bars
AT&T 3G

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27 reviews
Days stayed: 2

Outdoor Girl would stay here again

“Ok”

Reviewed Sep 18, 2018

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Quiet and secluded. Many cow pies and the cows appeared our first night. Ranger said they remove them in September. We were 1.5 miles up and after that the road had deep ruts. The road curved at about 2 miles where there was a fence and private property. The further up the road you go the better cell signal you get. Many spots for tent... more

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2bars
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2bars
Verizon 3G

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John T
21' Coachmen Viking 21RD
101 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 12
Site Number: Meadow 1.5 miles in from highway

John T would stay here again

“Beautiful, peaceful meadow”

Reviewed Aug 20, 2018

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FR5 is 18 miles, and a 2,000 ft climb up Taos Canyon, along US-64 from Taos. It's a winding climb, with an average speed of about 35 mph towing a trailer. You can't miss the entrance - it's at the only sharp switchback on the road. I counted 7 mostly large campsites beside the dirt road, before coming to the large meadow at 1.5 mil... more

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2bars
Verizon 3G

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Bill
Fort Worth, TX 27' Airstream Flying Cloud FB
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
“Cool days, chilly night even in July!”

Reviewed Jul 22, 2018

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Campsite was about 1.5 miles up the road on the right hand side. No fire ring, just a grass field with virtually no drop off. The road was fine to our campsite, but would have been impossible to get a trailer any farther due to a very rough road. We camped with a 27’ Airstream and had no trouble getting in. Even during a weekend ... more

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2bars
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 4

EverythingDavis would stay here again

“Great site”

Reviewed May 13, 2018

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This was our first boondocking experience. Beautiful scenery, we stayed in the 4th site. We stayed May 11th, 2018. We stayed on the weekend so most of the sites were full but still very peaceful. We had one bar of ATT LTE, no Verizon signal. There was a burn ban in effect however propane fire pits were allowed. Angel Fire is the ... more

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Zennie (Uphill Zen)
21' Toyota Sun-Land Express
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Zennie (Uphill Zen) would stay here again

“Beautiful, cool, and free!”

Reviewed Aug 26, 2017

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This is a perfect escape from the summer heat! It's about 9,000 feet up, and everything is cool, green, and peaceful up here. You can stake out a boondocking spot along the road, and feel like you have the whole forest to yourself. There are a number of places with fire rings scattered along the road. I stopped at the third one tha... more

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0bars
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New Mexico free camping - Boondocking FR5, Carson Forest

Who knew New Mexico was so green? This isn't just photoshop, either -- this gorgeous boondocking spot really does look like this! 🙂 If you're looking for a camping spot with cool...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
Pets:
  • pets

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