El Caso I-III Campground

Area Status: Open
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El Caso Campsite

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

Current Conditions: Campground will be open through the winter.
Fees There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575) 773-4678

General Information

General Notes:

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.

Closest Stores:
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.

Maps are currently being developed for the campsite.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 22 sites each with a table and fire ring. The tent sites do not have developed tent pads.


Fire Information22
No. of Sites22
No. of Accessible sites0
Status: Open

RV Camping

There are no RV specific sites but many sites are suitable for self contained RV camping. The nearest dump station is at Piñon Campground (May 1 to September 30). Dump fee is $5.00.

Status: Open


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