Taos Junction Dispersed

Carson National Forest

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NF-557
Ojo Caliente, NM 87549
575-758-6200
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GPS: 36.3603, -105.894

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 7306 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Cell Phone Coverage

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4bars
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Life Among Pines
Sioux Falls, SD
36 Fleetwood Bounder
1992 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 36.359753,-105.891524

Life Among Pines would stay here again

“Beautiful Forest, Incredibly Quiet, Great Location”

Reviewed Jun 22, 2018

Overall Rating

STAYED: June 17th to June 23rd, 2018

ACCESS
Forest Road 557 is right off of highway 285. The main road of 557 is in very good condition and appears to be well maintained. Access was a breeze for our gas Class A. I would suspect that most any rig would not have trouble, though use caution if the weather is wet.

Sites begin less than a quarter mile down the road if you would like to avoid going too far, but 557 continues pretty far if you are looking to get further out.

LOCATION
This site is ideally located for a number of the sights and attractions of the area.

-About 10 minutes from Ojo Caliente
-40 minutes from Taos
-1:15 from the Taos 38/64 loop
-30 minutes from the Earthship headquarters
-40 minutes from the Black Rock Hot Springs

We day tripped to each of these destinations from this site.

CLEANLINESS
When we were there in June 2018, there was a first site directly at the entrance to FR557 which was covered in trash. However, all of the other sites that we looked at were clean.

In general, there was a fair amount of regular camping trash left in the sites we looked at, and throughout the forest. Bottles, wrappers, old cans, bullet shells, etc.

As far as national forests go, this one was fairly median on cleanliness. Less clean than some, but much cleaner than others.

SITE QUALITY
The site we choose while we were there was incredible. We found a large clearing with perfect daytime shade from the tall Juniper and Pinyon pines in the area. The forest is absolutely beautiful, plus from our site, we had incredible views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance.

While we were there, this area was very quiet. Some days one car passed on the road, and for the rest, we didn’t see a soul. Ideal solitude. :D
NOISE
The first few spots are still close enough to the highway that there is a slight amount of road noise, however, the highway is relatively low-traffic so this is very easy to overlook.

CELL RECEPTION
We stayed at 36.359753,-105.891524 when we were there, and we enjoyed 3-4 bars of fast, AT&T 4GLTE, unboosted. No Verizon. However, for some reason, this specific spot seemed to have the only reception in the whole area. Further down 557 we couldn’t pick up any reception, nor closer to the highway.

When we would pull back into our site after being out for the day, our phones would immediately connect as soon as we pulled in. It was somewhat uncanny. lol

The reception was fast enough for all of our work needs. Calls, screen shares, uploads, downloads. We even did a Facebook live broadcast while there.

We didn’t expect anything, but this ended up being one of our top boondocking stays. Beautiful forest, great views, well located, extremely quiet. We plan to return if we’re ever in northern New Mexico again!

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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

“Free, quiet boondocking spot near Ojo Caliente”

Reviewed Dec 04, 2017

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Boondocking spot off Forest Road 557 in the Carson National Forest. If you drive along this dirt road, you'll find a number of possible sites, some with stone fire rings. It's a pinyon - juniper - sage brush area, and you can find either shade or sun.

It's a boondocking spot, so there are no facilities besides those stone fire rings. It was very quiet at night, and there was nobody else camped here while I was here in July 2017. It's easy to access, not far from the junction of 285 and 567. It's also about 10 miles north of Ojo Caliente, the famous hot springs resort. You can camp here, and easily drive down there to use their facilities for the day. There's also some pretty cool hiking around there!

The road in was fine when I drove it, and looked passable for any vehicle. But there were some ruts in places that look like it could be a problem if it's wet and muddy, so use your judgment.

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“National Forest closed - Fire - stage 3 restrictions for most of NM”

Reviewed Jun 27, 2018

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The Carson National Forest (CNF) will implement Stage 3 Restrictions, over most of the forest, effective Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. Effectively immediately the Camino Real Ranger District is closed. This immediate closure of the Camino Real District is strictly precautionary, the Sardinas Canyon Fire is not threatening structures nor is it expected to do so. The remainder of the closure, which includes the Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito and Canjilon District goes into effect June 27, 2018 at 6:00 A.M. This partial closure will remain in effect until the forest receives significant moisture and conditions have improved.

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Taos Junction - Free camping near Ojo Caliente, New Mexico - Uphill Zen

If you've traveled in northern New Mexico, you've probably heard about Ojo Caliente. It's a famous hot springs resort west of Taos, and quite a luxurious place to stay. But if you don't feel like...

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

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