Canjilon Lakes

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

FACILITY IS CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2015  per Closure Order.  Closure is due to hazardous conditions as many trees continue to fall. Hazardous conditions exists throughout the entire Canjilon Recreation Area. NO PUBLIC ENTRY ALLOWED (no fishing, camping, hiking, or any other activity is allowed).  The Canjilon District Ranger is assessing and analzying the entire recreation area.  Public safety and safety of employees is the number one priority.

48 campsites near the shores of six small ponds at 9900' with 2 picnic spots above at Upper Canjilon Lakes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No potable water.  Lakes are stocked periodically throughout summer season.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $5/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Permit Info: Fishing License required.
Open Season: CLOSED (typically Memorial Weekend) - Typically October 1 depending on weather
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June - mid September
Busiest Season: June -August
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: 12 miles northeast of Canjilon. Convenience store located at Cebolla, NM approximately 6 miles from village of Canjilon. Gasoline is available at this location. Post office is available at Canjilon.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (9)
Information Center: For more information contact:  Canjilon Ranger District.

General Information


12 miles northeast of Canjilon via FR 559 & 129

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Campground Camping

Opens end of May to September. 12 miles northeast of Canjilon.  40 campsites at elevation 9,900. 


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Camping trailer Trailers limited to less than 22' in length.
Picnic tables
Tent camping
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9,900 feet