PiƱon Campground

Area Status: Closed
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This is a nice, quiet and clean campground nestled among piñon and juniper trees.

The camp sites are nestled among mature piñon and juniper trees. It is tranquil and undiscovered with a few sites having a view of Quemado Lake. The campground is comprised of a family camping loop (east side) and a group camping loop (west side). The dump station is open when the campground is open and the fee for use of the dump station is $15 per use.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water is typically turned off October 1 for the season.
Operational Hours: All campgrounds on the Gila National Forest have a 14-day stay limit. The campground is scheduled to be open from Friday, May 10, 2024 through Monday, September 23, 2024.
Reservations: This campground is first-come/first-serve, except group site A and group site B. Group site A & B are reservable on Recreation.gov, typically from mid-May through the end of season.  
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
Fees: Site fees will increase at Pinon Campground on May 10, 2024, to $15.00 fee per night, per site, and the dump fee will increase to $15 per use.  "America the Beautiful" Interagency Senior and Access Passes are honored for the tent site area only for 50% discount off standard amenity fees.
Usage: Heavy
  • There is a 14 day stay limit for all campgrounds on the Gila National Forest.
  • Fires permitted only in fire rings provided. 
  • All pets must be on leash at all times in the campground.
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Vault
Passes: "America the Beautiful" Interagency Senior and Access Passes are honored for the tent site area only for 50% discount.
Operated By: Hosted
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575) 773-4678

General Information

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Quemado is 21 miles from the campground. AG Country Propane (open M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.) sells fishing licenses.



The campground is located southeast of Quemado, NM. Take NM 32 south 14.2 miles to Quemado Lake/NM 103 sign. At sign turn left onto NM 103 and go 4 miles to where Forest Road 13 (gravel) begins. Continue straight on FR 13 for 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

There are many biking opportunities in and around the campground.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

There are 23 developed tent sites each with picnic tables and fire rings/bbq grills.  The tent sites are available on a first come, first served basis and there is a $15/day fee.  The sites have level gravel pads.  Group site A & B are reservable on Recreation.gov.

No. of Sites 23
No. of Accessible sites 2
Status: Open
Fees: $10/day
Reservation info: Group site A & B are reservable on Recreation.gov for availability of May 15,  2021 - September 27, 2021.
Hours of Operation: Campground open mid-May - late-September annually.

RV Camping

Some sites are large enough for self contained RVs up to 35 feet.  RV dump station is open and fee is $15 per use.

Status: Open
Reservation info: First-come/first-served.
Hours of Operation: This campground will closed on September 27, 2021.

Day Hiking

Piñon Access Trail (foot trail starting next to site 47 and 0.8 miles long) provides access to Quemado Lake and a network of area trails.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Occasionally elk may be seen. Be careful driving at night since elk are often on the roads. The upper end of the lake provides ideal habitat.

Status: Open

Boating - Motorized

Quemado Lake is nearby.  Electric motors and non-motorized boats only.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Boating - Non-Motorized

Quemado Lake is nearby.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Camping trailer: Some larger sites available, with max RV size is 35'
Picnic tables: Each site
Tent camping: 23 sites
Toilets: Vault toilet (1) - No Showers
Fee charged for some activities: $15 per day
Accessible: 2 sites
Drinking water:

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