Elephant Rock Campground

Area Status: Closed

Elephant Rock Campground sign

Roadside campground has excellent fishing access to well-stocked Red River, nearby Eagle Rock Lake and hiking into surrounding high country, but can be very crowded during summer weekends. As an alternative, try BLM's Wild Rivers Recreation Area north of Questa.

Campground sign for Carson National Forest Elephant Rock along side road Campsite with large accessible table and fire ring on elevated level gravel pad near road Campsite built up with rock wall so it is level, picnic table and metal fire ring in trees Campsite of picnic table and fire ring in the rocks and evergreen trees with hillside close by Campsite 17 from a distance showing gravel parking place, trail to picnic area in the trees

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Hungry bears are entering campsites more frequently this summer. With no significant rain, berries and nuts are not growing in abundance, so they're taking advantage of campgrounds where food (including bird feeders) are available. And they’re making a mess! Take these steps to safely co-exist with bears during your visit.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov. A reservation fee will be added to the price.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
  • Campsite (includes parking for one vehicle) $22/night
  • Campsite for Senior or Access pass holders $11/night
  • Extra vehicle $11/night
  • Day use parking $11/day
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Red River
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (4)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Questa Ranger District, P.O. Box 110, 184 SR 38, Questa, NM  87556.  (575) 586-0520.

General Information


3 miles west of Red River via NM 38

General Notes:
  • Groceries, gasoline, laundry, showers and cafe within 3 miles
  • Fishing access for Red River
  • Columbine hiking trailhead within 4 miles
  • Trailer waste disposal within 1 mile  


Campground Camping

Opens May through September. 22 campsites at elevation 8,500.

No. of Sites 22 single site(s)

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking



Camping trailer: 16' max
Picnic tables:
Tent camping: 12 campsites for tents or trailers.
Toilets: Vault
Drinking water: Yes

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8,500 feet