This is a free, partially developed, shady campground within hiking distance of the lake.
The El Caso Campgounds are partially developed campgrounds located at the east end of Quemado Lake. They are nestled in a valley stretching alongside an intermittent stream and are surrounded by ponderosa pine and cottonwood trees which offer more shade than the other campgrounds in the recreation area. The El Caso campgrounds are popular with hunters, groups, and campers desiring a more primitive camping experience than that offered in our fee sites.
At a Glance
Campground will be open through the winter.
Closed for the winter. Campground season on the Quemado Ranger District normally runs from May 1, to Sept. 30. For more information, contact the Quemado Ranger District at (575) 773-4678.
There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
There is a 15 day stay limit.
Horses are prohibited in the Quemado Lake Recreation Area.
Hunting is prohibited.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited in the recreation area.
ATVs generally 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.
Snuffy's is located west of Quemado Lake. It offers a small general store, a restaurant, showers and liquor sales.
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. Continue past the lake. The campground is on the right.