Santa Barbara Campground

Carson National Forest

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Unnamed Road
Vadito, NM 87579
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GPS: 36.0898, -105.6113

Last Price Paid: $16
Number of Sites: 22
Elevation: 8862 ft
Max Length: 32 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
10 reviews
Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: Not sure. 21? 22?
“Very pretty and peaceful during the week. ”

Reviewed Dec 23, 2017

Overall Rating

We camped here twice in 2017, both times starting on Sunday or Monday for a 3 or 4-night camp-out. We pretty much had the campground to ourselves with maybe one or two other units. People were, however, dropping off campers around Wednesday or Thursday to reserve a spot for the weekend so we assume weekends must be very busy.
Very pretty area with lots of hiking trails up into the Pecos mountains. A river runs along the campground. Dry camping with clean vault toilets scattered throughout the campground. Potable water from spigots scattered throughout the campground was cold and fresh. Both sites we used were relatively level, gravel surface. No host on site during the week, but a camper was there so we assume they are around on the weekends. It’s a small campground with a variety of sites. I’m not sure bigger rigs would want to drive the road into the campground, but we had no trouble with our Chevy avalanche pulling a 22-foot trailer. No cell service, but we camp to get away, so that isn’t an issue for us. Definitely one of our favorite campgrounds in New Mexico.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • group sites
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets


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