Ranger District - Quemado

Quemado Ranger District sign

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 603,382 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.

Current Conditions

For current conditions call (575) 773-4678

Updated: July 10, 2014

Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds are open as of MAY 1, 2014.  The El Caso campgrounds at Quemado Lake, Valle Tio Vinces (Horse Camping area), Armijo Campground, and Head of the Ditch (Luna, NM) are open year round.  Potable water is available at the campgrounds. 

The Gila National Forest has lifted the Fire Restrictions as of July 8, 2014.  Although the Fire Restriction have been lifted, 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 Recreation area is paved and gravel road around the recreation area.

Current Closures:

No current closures.

Office Information

Map of location of the Ranger Distirct on the Forest

District Ranger: Emily Irwin 

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.

Directions: 0.1 miles north of the intersection of US Highway 60 and NM State Highway 36.

Area Description

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.