Dipping Vat Campground

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Dipping Vat Campground Lake View

This is a fantastic place to get away from it all! 

Dipping Vat Campground is located adjacent to the west side of Snow Lake. Snow Lake is approximately 52 miles southeast of Reserve, New Mexico. The campground offers a variety of activities to the visitor, including fishing, overnight camping, and hiking. Dipping Vat Campground has a potable water system including a well with a pump. 

Snow Lake is stocked with trout three times a year, early spring, early summer, and late fall. If you wish to fish at Snow Lake you must have a New Mexico fishing license and more information is available at NM Department of Game and Fish

Dipping Vat Location Map Dipping Vat Scenery Dipping Vat Lake Spillway Dipping Vat Campground Lake View A view of the Gila Wilderness from Signal Peak

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14 day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees There is a $5.00/day per site per vehicle for this campground.  There is seasonal garbage service (April - November). There is no garbage service from December - March, so if you are visiting during this time period, please remember to "pack it in and pack it out."
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting is prohibited in the campground.
Closest Towns: Reserve, NM
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Reserve Ranger District
Phone: (575)533-6231

General Information

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Reserve is the closest town with amenities. There are several gas stations and convenience stores. The town offers motel and restaurant opportunities as well.

Temperatures can drop suddenly. Plan accordingly.

Please keep animals on a leash.

Dipping Vat CG has no water during the winter.


The campground is located 52 miles southeast of Reserve via Forest Road 141, Forest Road 28 and County Road C-021.

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Picnic tables Each site
Drinking water Potable water, has no water during the winter
Toilets Vault toilet
Fee charged for some activities $5/day/vehicle
Tent camping 40 mainly flat sites
Camping trailer No hook-ups. Over 19 feet not recommended.
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7,451 Feet