Valle Vidal Unit

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Valle Vidal

The Valle Vidal has two campgrounds and numerous parking areas for those heading into the backcountry. The Campgrounds in the Valle Vidal Unit are the McCrystal and Cimarron campgrounds. The McCrystal campground sits at 8,100 ft., it has 55 units for camping and can accommodate a trailer 32’ and under.

The Cimarron campground sits at 9,400 ft., it has 32 camping units and can also accommodate a trailer 32’ and under.

Recreational Information on the Valle Vidal Unit

Photo of Shuree Lake Photo of Shuree Lake

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please follow CDC guidance for social distancing and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics for caring for public lands.
Water: No
Restroom: No

General Information


Road access is via Costilla from the west and Cimarron from the east. Valle Vidal boasts spectacular scenery plus timber, minerals, and grazing land. It is being managed to enhance its most important feature-wildlife- which includes a trophy elk herd of up to 2,000 head, mule deer, Merriam’s turkey, black bear, mountain lion numerous varieties of birds and fish.

Motorized travel is restricted and, working together, the Forest Service and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have implemented special hunting and fishing seasons and bag limits. In addition to regular hunting and fishing licenses, Habitat Improvement Stamps are required.



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Camping & Cabins

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Lake and Pond Fishing

In addition to trout streams throughout the unit there are several fishing ponds, including one set aside solely for children. Artificial fly or lure with single barbless hook only.

Catch and release only. All trout must be returned immediately to the water where taken. Except in the Shuree Ponds. See below:

Special trout water. Open to fishing July 1-December 31. Daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. One pond is reserved for anglers under 12 years of age. Boats restricted to no motors only. You may keep the fish from these ponds.

Special trout water. If you are fishing outside of the Valle Vidal boundaries on the west side of the unit, please keep in mind that camping is allowed in designated areas only with permission from the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association.

Valle Vidal: Special trout water. Open to fishing July 1-December 31 during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

River and Stream Fishing


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Areas & Activities


  Elevation : 
8100' - 9400'