Santa Barbara Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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
Campsite under the evergreen trees with concrete picnic table, fire grill and fire ring Campsite in the sun with trees surrounding distant and left side, picnic table at end of trail Campsite at the edge of the evergreens with picnic table, fire grill Campsite with large boulders in front of picnic table and fire ring beneath the evergreen trees

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $20/night for single unit, $34 double unit or small group camp site (18 people),  $50 Triple unit, $5 per extra vehicle
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:  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.

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Camping & Cabins

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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


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Horse Riding & Camping

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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