El Rito Campground

Area Status: Open

Smoke Notice

Fire crews are planning to implement prescribed fire projects on the El Rito and Canjilon ranger districts in fall 2023. Visitors may notice smoke during implementation. Potential dates will be posted to Alerts & Notices as timeframes are identified based on weather and conditions.

El Rito Creek surrouned by evergreen trees.


Located near the town of El Rito, this area is often crowded in summer due to its popularity. The campground is situated along the bank of the El Rito Creek. 11 campsites at 7600 feet with excellent hiking and fishing access.  

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Campsites: Free
  • Group Shelter: $75
Open Season: - Closes Jan. 1, 2023, or earlier pending winter weather
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: El Rito
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information contact El Rito Ranger District 

General Information

Directions: 5 miles northwest of El Rito via NM 110 & FR 559

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 11
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking



Camping trailer: Under 22'
Picnic tables: 2 picnic tables; group picnic site west of the river (4 tables)
Toilets: 2 toilets

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Elevation : 
7,600 feet