Cove Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cove Campground and Qeumado Lake

This Day Use area provides visitors with a nice easy lake access.

This is no longer a camping area.  It is primarily a lake access area with a large parking area suitable for Day Use Only.   Boat parking is available.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 15 day stay limit on the Forest.
Hunting is not allowed in the recreation area.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited in the recreation area.
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575)773-4678

General Information

General Notes:

Water is not available from October 1 to April 30.

Generally ATVs are allowed on the Forest but they must be licensed and users must follow all state laws regarding use. ATV use is not allowed in Quemado Lake Recreation Area.

Closest Stores:
The nearest store is Snuffy's, just west of the lake.  The store no longer sells fishing licenses.  The only location to purchase a fishing license is the Apache Creek Store in Apache Creek, NM located 25 miles South of the Quemado Lake area on Highway 32.  Snuffy's also has a restaurant.


Just west of Quemado, NM, go south on NM 32 for 14.2 miles to Quemado Lake/NM 103 sign. At the sign go east on NM 103 for 4 miles to where Forest Road 13 (gravel) begins.

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RV Camping

The Cove is now a Day Use Area only.  Dump station is available at Piñon Campground from May 1 to September 30.  Dump fee is $5.00.

Status: Open

Campground Camping

The Cove is no longer a camping area.  This is now a Day Use Area only.

Fire Information0
No. of Sites1
No. of Accessible sites0
Status: Open


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Accessibility depends on water level
Camping trailer No Hook-ups.
Toilets Vault toilet (1) - No Showers
Tent camping Undeveloped
Drinking water Yes
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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