McCrystal Campground

Area Status: Open

These 55 sites in Valle Vidal elk/bear country are a great hunting, hiking, fishing destination.

From the town of Cimarron, drive 5 miles northeast on Highway 64 to Cerrososo Canyon. Follow this canyon approximately 21 miles to the Valle Vidal Unit Boundary. The route is marked by signs. From the boundary, travel 7 miles on Forest Service Road 1950. These graveled roads are not maintained during the rainy season and may be passable only with a four wheel drive vehicle.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water is only available for horses at this time. 
Reservations: First come, first served
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Campsite (includes parking for one vehicle) $16/night
  • Campsite for Senior or Access pass holders $8/night
  • Horse group site (6 sites) $75/night
  • Horse waste disposal $5
  • Extra vehicle $8/night
  • Day use parking $6/day
Usage: Light
Water: No Portable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (6)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Questa Ranger District, P.O. Box 110, 184 SR 38, Questa, NM  87556. (575) 586-0520

General Information


36 miles northwest of Cimarron via US 64 &FR 1950

General Notes:


55 campsites for tents and trailers 
Tables, fireplace, toilets.
6 campsites for horse campers
Water from creek not recommended for drinking.
Fishing at McCrystal Creek
Wildlife viewing
Historic site ---Ring Place Ranch. Self-guided trail to a pioneer cabin starts at the campground entrance. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Opens May through November. 55 campsites at elevation 8,100.

General Info:

General Notes


A Historic site ---Ring Place Ranch.
Self-guided trail to a pioneer cabin starts at the campground entrance. 

No. of Sites 55 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable

River and Stream Fishing

Horse Riding

Viewing Wildlife



Camping trailer: 6 campsites for horse campers; '32 max size
Tent camping: 55 campsites for tents and trailers.
Toilets: Vault

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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