Canjilon Lakes Campground

In a picturesque setting of lakes and a meandering stream, Canjilon Lakes Campground offers excellent fishing and camping opportunities to forest visitors. Its beauty turns to splendor when fall leaves change from greens to dazzling gold and oranges.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $5/Night
Open Season: - Closes Dec. 1, 2023, or earlier pending winter weather
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Jun. thru mid-Sep.
Busiest Season: Jun. thru Aug.
Restrictions: Forest Road 129 (Alkali Spring Rd.) is closed to motorized travel Jan. 1 - Apr. 30.
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
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: For more information contact:  Canjilon Ranger District.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Opens end of May to September. 12 miles northeast of Canjilon.  41 campsites at elevation 9,900. 

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Several small lakes between two and six acres in size east of the town of Canjilon. Good fishing for rainbow.  

A portion of the access road is rough and slippery when wet. Several campgrounds are nearby.  

Photo of Canjilon Lakes    Photo of Canjilon Lakes

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Group Picnicking


Camping trailer: Trailers limited to less than 22' in length.
Picnic tables: 2 picnic spots
Tent camping: 41 campsites
Toilets: 9 Vault toilets
Fee charged for some activities:

Recreation Areas

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9,900 feet