Cimarron Campground

Area Status: Open

Cimarron Campground is located in the scenic Valle Vidal within Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico, at an elevation of 9,300 feet. The sites are tucked among spruce, aspen and fir trees, and the camp offers an open range feel. Visitors have opportunities to enjoy a variety of recreational activities in a picturesque setting. Viewing wildlife and simply relaxing in the mountain air are popular activities.

The campground contains 32 overnight campsites, which includes nine horse sites, two double sites and 25 single-family sites. Vault toilets are provided. Sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with grills. Horse corrals and water troughs are available in the campground. A host is on-site and trash collection is provided.

In the heart of the Valle Vidal elk and bear country, this 32 site campground, 12 with corrals for horses,  is popular with hunters, anglers and wildlife-watchers.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made at A reservation fee will be added to the price.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Campsite (includes parking for one vehicle) $22/night
  • Double campsite $40/night
  • Campsite for Senior or Access pass holders $11/night
  • Extra vehicle $11/night
  • Day use parking $11/night
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: 30 miles southwest of Costilla via NM 196 and FRs 1950 & 1910.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet (4)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: For more information contact the Questa Ranger District, P.O. Box 110, 184 SR 38, Questa, NM  87556.  (575) 586-0520.

General Information


From Costilla on State Highway 522, travel east on State Highway 196 past Amalia to the intersection of Forest Service Road 1950. Travel on 1950 (a gravel road) east to the Unit boundary. Follow Forest Service Road 1950 to the junction with Forest Service Road 1900. Turn right, you will cross Costilla Creek. Continue on Forest Service Road 1950, 10 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1910. Climb 1 mile up the hill to Cimmarron Campground. 

General Notes:


32 campsites for tents and trailers 
Tables, fireplace, toilets.
Drinking water not available
Some sites with horse facilities.


Fishing at Comanche Creek and Shuree Ponds
Wildlife viewing

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Opens May through October. 32 campsites at elevation 9,400.

No. of Sites 32 single site(s)
Reservation Info Reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

32 Campsites, 12 with corrals for horses.



Camping trailer: 32' max

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,400 feet