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Camping in Red River, New Mexico

Camping in Red River, New Mexico

(May 6, 2016)—It’s beginning to get warm out (so we think), and you know what that means? You’re right, it’s time to get the heck out of town and become Bear Grylls. Just kidding! You’re better off bringing food and water when you take to the wilderness, especially while you’re camping in Red River, New Mexico (unless you’re a survivalist).

For some of us it’s the smell of the pine trees swaying in the breeze; the sound of a nearby stream while roasting smores over the campfire. Or maybe even the dirt road under your tires?

Whatever it may be, most of us have it. Whether it be a sense of subsistence living deeply ingrained within our DNA, or just the need to have our feet in the soil, instead of  planted on the hard concrete; maybe even the level of silence that the outdoors can achieve?


When headed to the northerly sections of New Mexico (Red River to be Exact), with an itch to experience the “great outdoors”, don’t miss the following nine campgrounds.

  • Junebug Campground – 8,500 ft. elevation 2.2 miles west of Red River on Hwy. 38. Junebug is the first campground on the south side of the highway. Restrooms and water are available. You may need to call (575) 586-0520 and reserve a spot during peak season.

  • Fawn Lakes Campground – 8,400 ft. elevation 2.8 miles west of Red River on Hwy. 38 past Junebug Campground on the south side of the highway. Restrooms and water are available. You may need to call (575) 586-0520 and reserve a spot during peak season.

  • Elephant Rock Campground – 8,450 ft. elevation 3.2 miles west of Red River on Hwy. 38. Elephant Rock Campground is the first campground on the north side of the highway, past Fawn Lakes Campground. Restrooms and water are available. You may need to call (575) 586-0520 and reserve a spot during peak season.

  • Columbine Campground – 7.900 ft. elevation, 7 miles West of Red River on Hwy. 38. Columbine Campground will be on your left. Restrooms and water are available. You may need to call (575) 586-0520 and reserve a spot during peak season.

  • Goat Hill Campground – Approx. 8.5 miles west of Red River on Hwy. 38. Goat Hill Campground is on the south side of the highway at the south entrance to the Moly Mine. No facilities. You may need to call (575) 586-0520 and reserve a spot during peak season.

  • Mallette Canyon – access by Mallette Road from Main Street, Red River. Four-wheel drive may be useful. Any number of Forest Service roads will also lead you to Greenie Peak and Midnight Meadows.

  • Pioneer Canyon – access from Pioneer Road, south side of Main Street, Red River. At the Black Mountain Playhouse, turn right. Next to Arrowhead Lodge at the dirt road, turn left. This old gold mining road ends at approximately 3 miles at private property.

  •  Goose Creek Canyon & Goose Lake – 12,700 ft. elevation. By vehicle (four-wheel drive required), turn right off of Hwy 578 just past Roadrunner RV Resort. FS 486 will take you through a number of switchbacks and will end approximately 6 miles at Goose Lake. 4 sites are available.

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  •  Middle Fork Lake, Lost Lake, Horseshoe Lake & Wheeler Peak – At the East end of Red River, follow Hwy. 578 (Red River Upper Valley). At 6.5 miles the highway will end. Most of these campsites are accessible by hiking only. No facilities are available.


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