Santa Barbara Campground

Area Status: Closed

A tent under some pine trees in front of picnic tables and blue skies.

29 developed campsites at popular drop-off/pick-up point for Pecos Wilderness hikers and riders seeking closest access to Jicarita Peak.  Heavy usage on holiday weekends and weekends in July.  Medium to light usage most other days of the open season, one of New Mexico’s best places to camp.


  • Adjacent to Rio Santa Barbara 
  • Fishing
  • Trailhead into the Pecos Wilderness
  • Group camping sites
  • Birding
  • Fall Colors
  • Equestrian Parking
  • Jicarita Peak - 12,835 feet/3,912 meters
  • Close access to North Truchas Peak - elevation 13,024 feet (3970 meters)
  • Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
  • High Road to Taos Scenic Byway

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campers should bring their own water as it is currently not available.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at A reservation fee will be added to the price.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Campsite (includes parking for one vehicle) $22/night
  • Double campsite $40/night
  • Triple campsite $60/night
  • Group campsite $70/night
  • Campsite for Senior or Access pass holders $11/night
  • Extra vehicle $11/night
  • Trailhead parking $7/day
  • Day use $11/day
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Weekends in July, Holidays
Closest Towns: Peñasco with some services, restaurants, gas/service stations, hardware store, convenience stores, a clinic.  Taos with more services, hospital, grocery stores, sporting goods, etc. 
Water: Yes - Potable Water available at spigots
Restroom: Clean Vault Toilet-3
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: For more information contact the Camino Real Ranger District.

General Information


From the junction with State Road 75, follow SR 73 1.4 miles to the Santa Barbara Road.  Turn left onto the Santa Barbara Road.  Then travel 6.2 miles to the campground.  Santa Barbara Road becomes Forest System Road 116.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Opens May through September. 29 campsites at elevation 8,900.Santa Barbara Campground

No. of Sites 21 sites
Reservation Info Reservable
No. of Accessible sites 2 accessible sites

River and Stream Fishing

Rio Santa Barbara has wild populations of Rio Grande Cutthroat trout on upper forks of the river.

Brown trout and some cutthroat can be found on lower portions of the Rio Santa Barbara.Photo of Rio Santa Barbara   Photo of Rio Santa Barbara  Photo of Santa Barbara

Day Hiking

Horse Riding



Camping trailer: Trailer mobility - under 30'
Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: Gravel
Toilets: Clean Vault Toilets-3
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Potable Water Available at Spigots

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8,900 feet