El Caso I-III Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

El Caso Campsite

This is a partially developed, shady campground within hiking distance of the lake.

The El Caso Campgounds are partially developed campgrounds located at the east end of Quemado Lake, approximately 1/4 mile east of the Pinon CG. They are nestled in a valley stretching alongside an intermittent stream and are surrounded by ponderosa pine and cottonwood trees. The El Caso Campgrounds are popular with hunters, groups, and campers desiring a more primitive camping experience.


El Caso Location Map View Across El Caso El Caso Campsite

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information.
Operational Hours: Campground season on the Quemado Ranger District normally runs from May 1 to Sept. 30. For more information, contact the Quemado Ranger District at (575) 773-4678.
Reservations:  First come, first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14 day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees There is no fee for these campground ($0.00).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit.
Horses are prohibited in the Quemado Lake Recreation Area.
Hunting is prohibited.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited in the recreation area.
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575) 773-4678

General Information

General Notes:

ATV use is not allowed in Quemado Lake Recreation Area.



Just west of Quemado, NM, go south on NM 32 for 14.2 miles to Quemado Lake/NM 103 sign. At the sign go east on NM 103 for 4 miles to where Forest Road 13 (gravel) begins. Continue past the lake. The campground is on the right.


Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding

The campground is adjacent to El Caso Throwdown. Horses are not allowed in the Quemado Lake Recreation Area.

Status: Open

Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Toilets Vault toilets
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7,700 Feet