Ranger District - Quemado
The Quemado Ranger District is the northern most district on the Gila National Forest. It is actually a part of the Apache National Forest that is located in New Mexico and that is administered by the Gila NF. Elevations range from 6600 feet to 9700 feet in the 600,600 acres managed by the Quemado Ranger District. The area covered by the District includes grassland, piñon-juniper woodland, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer with aspen and fir. There are also riparian areas with cottonwood, willow, and other riparian vegetation.
For current conditions call (575) 773-4678
Updated: November 20, 2013
Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds are now Closed for the Winter Season. The El Caso campgrounds at Quemado Lake, Valle Tio Vinces (Horse Camping area), Armijo Campground are open year round. The Head of the Ditch Campground located in Luna, NM is also open year round. No Potable water available at the campgrounds during the winter season.
Although there is no fire restrictions in place, we kindly ask all visitors and campers make sure the campfire is completely out before leaving the campsite.
Please check with the District office on road conditions in the forest prior to driving. The road into the Quemado Lake is paved to the lake and gravel around the recreation area.
No current closures.
Seasonal Employment Opportunities:
Quemado Ranger District on the Gila National Forest is in the process of hiring seasonals for the upcoming summer 2014. The attached brochure is to inform interested applicants to begin working on applications through USAJobs. In addition, this will provide the applicants to contact the staff for more questions. Please click here to view the 2014 Seasonal Brochure. An updated brochure with the TEMPOCR announcement #'s will be forthcoming, so Stay Tuned.
District Ranger: Janice S. Stevenson
Address: P.O. Box 159, Quemado, New Mexico, 87829
Phone: Phone (575) 773-4678, Fax (575) 773-4114
Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Office is Closed on all National Holidays.
Contact: Please email Dorothy Carrejo or Ernestine Nozie, for more information.
Directions: 0.1 miles north of the intersection of US Highway 60 and NM State Highway 36.
The Quemado Ranger District area description includes an overview of the main towns where the Ranger District offices are located, as well as information on climate, cultural and recreation offerings, medical, schools, employment, housing and transportation.
Popular attractions include fishing, boating, hunting, camping, horse back riding, rock hounding, birding, hiking, recreational vehicle use (no off-road), and wildlife viewing. Quemado Lake Recreation Area provides fishing, RV camping, and tent camping opportunities. Portions of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail are located on the east side of the District while the San Francisco Warm Springs grace the west end. NM State Highway 32 between Quemado and Apache Creek offers a scenic drive and changing colors in the fall.