Twining Campground

Area Status: Open
Blue tent below towering trees and yellow leaves.
Twining Campground in the fall. USDA Forest Service photo by Zach Behrens.

Tucked in an aspen grove just aside Taos Ski Valley’s lower parking lot, this four-site campground for tents makes for quick access to the Bull of the Woods Trailhead right across Twining Road. The campground is unique for its location: You trade solitude for walkable access to the resort village. Nonetheless, many find the spot just perfect for their needs, whether it’s acclimating at 9,500 feet or enjoying the best of a ski village while camping under the stars.

Nearby Recreation

  • Trails: The Wheeler Peak Trail starts at the Bull of the Woods Trailhead, just a couple hundred feet away. The trail leads to the eponymous peak, first connecting to the Long Canyon and Gold Hill trails in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness in its first few miles. Closer to the peak, it connects to Lost Lake Trail, providing access to the other side of the ridge. Other nearby trails include the Williams Lake Trail, its trailhead about two road miles through the community of Taos Ski Valley, and the four popular canyon trails back down the mountain along Highway 150: Gavilan, Italianos, Manzanita Canyon and Yerba Canyon.
  • Fishing: The campground is located along the Rio Hondo, a popular river for fishing. Stream access is available upstream along the Wheeler Peak Trail or downstream along Highway 150 (please be cognizant of private property in some areas).
  • Fall Color: Taos Ski Valley is an excellent leaf peeping area due to numerous aspen groves found throughout the valley, on trails and along the Rio Hondo. Peak color usually to occurs between late September and early October.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Piles from thinning are visible in the area. Learn more about the project and the Wildfire Crisis Strategy's Enchanted Circle Landscape.  
Reservations: First come, first served
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Taos Ski Valley, Arroyo Seco, Taos
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Questa Ranger District

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Open May through September. 4 campsites at elevation 7,300.

No. of Sites 4 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Open from May through September.


Parking: Use parking spots in lot
Toilets: Use Bull of the Woods Trailhead bathroom

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,500 feet