Agua Piedra Campground and Group Shelters

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Campsite with scenic view of tree covered mountain

Agua Piedra, located in the Carson National Forest, is nestled near the Rio Pueblo and Agua Piedra Creek. The campground contains many shaded areas to camp, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

Natural Features: Agua Piedra campground and group shelters are located in a mixed forest of spruce, fir and aspen trees, which provide some shade throughout the day. At an altitude of 8,100 feet, temperatures can cool off during the summer nights.

Recreation: Two trailheads begin in the area, including a novice trail that is entirely accessible. An intermediate and longer trail is also available for not only hiking, but also horseback riding and biking, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. 

Visitors to the Agua Piedra campground and group shelters can also enjoy fishing in the Rio Pueblo River, which is a tributary of the mighty Rio Grande. The river is stocked with rainbow trout and has an accessible fishing dock. 

Hiking to Serpent Lake and Cordova Canyon, which are both within seven miles of the campground and group shelters, are also favorite activities for visitors. Also popular is further exploration of points of interest in the Pecos Wilderness, as well as within the Sangre De Cristos Mountains, the southernmost Rocky Mountain range.

Facilities: The campground includes 40 single sites each with a table and fire ring, two double sites each with two tables and a fire ring, and two group shelters located west of the campground. Vault toilets, drinking water from faucets, and trash removal are provided. Firewood is available to purchase from the host. 

The group shelters (A and B), which are accessible, are located west of the campground and are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Trash service is provided in the campground. The accessible group shelter "A" can accommodate up to 50 people for overnight camping. Group shelter "B" can accommodate up to 100 people for overnight camping.

Fish Your National Forests: Fish available include: Trout; Types of fishing available include: Fly, Spin. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open, but Group Shelters are currently closed. Please be prepared and recreate responsibly. Park only in designated areas. Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and comply with state public health orders limiting group size. Visit our Know Before You Go page for more information.
Reservations: Reservations for this facility can be made by visiting  For the standard campsites, reservations must be made 10 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.  For the group shelter, reservations must be made 10 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $20 Single Site, $34 Double Site, $5 Extra Vehicle, Group A - $100 (50 people), Group B - $125 (100 people)  
Permit Info: Fishing license required to fish Rio Pueblo.
Open Season: May 18 - September 16
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit.
Restricted to Trailers under 36'.
Closest Towns: 11 miles east of Penasco along US Highway 518.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet (10)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: For more information contact:  Camino Real Ranger District. Sipapu Ski Resort, the town of Vadito, and the town of Penasco is within 3 - 17 miles from the campground and group shelter. Most services are available in Taos, NM, 25 miles north of the campground or Espanola, NM, 45 miles southwest.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.13528, -105.52917
36°8'7"N, 105°31'45"W

From Las Vegas, New Mexico, take State Highway 518 approximately 51 miles to the Agua Piera Campground. 

From Penasco, New Mexico, travel east on State Route 75 about five miles, to an intersection. Turn right, onto State Route 518 (unmarked) and continue about seven miles to campground entrance.

From Taos, head south on NM-68. Turn Left onto NM-518 and stay on it for 23 miles. Agua Piedra Campground will be on your right.

General Notes:

The cost to reserve the shelter overnight varies with the number of occupants; $60 for up to 50 people, $85 for up to 75 people, and $110 a night for up to 100 people

This is an accessible facility, but anyone can reserve it.

Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the area

Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit


 Accessible group shelters equipped with vault toilets and drinking water. Handicap accessible parking and toilets.



Handicap and non-handicap parking available.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites38 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

Open cabin available to groups by reservation.

Group Camping


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Picnic tables
Drinking water Yes - six pumps and one horse pump
Toilets Vault
Tent camping
Accessible Accessible parking and toilets.
Camping trailer 38 units. Trailers under 36'
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8,100 feet