Taos Junction Campground

Orilla Verde Recreation Area

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NM-570 Carson, NM 87517 575-586-1150 575-758-8851 Official Website

GPS: 36.3362, -105.7357

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Overview of Taos Junction Campground

Number of Sites 4

Elevation 6,102 ft / 1,859 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Taos Junction Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Site Quality
28 reviews
“River views and huge shelter”

Reviewed 6/16/2019

Nightly rate: $7
Days stayed: 1
Overall Rating

At first glance this campground looks a bit exposed and not very private. But each of the 4 campsites has its own enormous shelter with picnic table, almost like a little house. You can set up your tent inside on the concrete or outside with river views. The shelters help protect from the winds that move down the canyon and the hot sun.

There are flush toilet restrooms on site. They weren’t too sparkling, but fine.

There are several hikes from the campsite or launch your boat nearby. The boat launch area across the water gets a bit busy with rafters and splashers at certain times of day but the area was silent at night.

The dirt road up to Carson also leads to trailheads. In summer the road was steep, bumpy and dusty but doable in any decent car. The paved road across the river leads toward Taos and there are more campgrounds along the way.

The big negative of this campground is zero cell service. I had to drive 30 minutes or so to the top of the mesa to get any connection w T-Mobile or Verizon. With a booster you might have more luck. Fine if you don’t want or need contact with the outside world but as a solo camper I feel nervous that far from any cell service for more than a day.

Camp host Ed was hilarious and friendly.

Site Quality

shoshannah would stay here again

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5 reviews
“Quiet campground above the Rio grande ”

Reviewed 11/1/2017

Nightly rate: $7
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: All
Overall Rating

Most days quietly spent at the river or hiking numerous trails . Gets busy on weekends and when groups are in the group shelter. Not suitable for big rigs and trailers over 25 feet. Flush toilets and water available. No hookups.

Site Quality

Cptbuck would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • pets


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