El Caso Throwdown Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

El Caso Throwdown Campsite

This is an equestrian camping area adjacent to Quemado Lake Recreation Area.

El Caso Throwdown is a partially developed campground located just outside of Quemado Lake Recreation Area. It is primarily for equestrian use since horses may not be taken into the recreation area. Corrals and water are not provided. Cottonwoods and ponderosa pines provide shade throughout the campsite.

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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 https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices for more information.
Reservations: First come, first served.  All Gila NF campgrounds are under a 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets
Fees There is no fee for this campground ($0.00) .
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited on the Quemado Lake Recreation Area.
Hunting is prohibited in the campground and recreation area.
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575) 773-4678

General Information

General Notes:

Good camping area for equestrians that is close to the lake. It is also good for hunters after September 30 when Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds close.

ATVs generally are allowed on the forest but they must be licensed and users must follow all state laws regarding use. ATV use is not allowed in Quemado Lake Recreation Area.



From turn off on NM 32 to Quemado Lake Recreation Area, continue along NM 103 past the lake. NM 32 becomes FR13 (gravel). Follow FR 13 and the campground is on the right approximately two miles after the lake and after crossing the cattle guard past El Caso III.

Recreation Map

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Camping

This is a good equestrian campground.

Status: Open

Horse Riding

The campground provides a good base for horse riding in the area. Horse riding is not allowed in the recreation area. See the FAQs on horses and also Horse Riding on the Gila.

Status: Open

Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Toilets Vault toilet
Boat ramp Nearby Quemado Lake
Tent camping
Camping trailer No Hook-ups. Maximum size is 32'
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