Quemado Lakeshore Trail #144

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Quemado Lakeshore Trail - 144

The trail skirts the southwest side of Quemado Lake through stands of ponderosa pines.

There are many opportunities to view the lake from the trail.  Fishermen use the trail to access the lake from different areas.  A bench along the trail is available for resting and lake viewing.  Interpretive signs along the trail explain some of the birds that inhabit the lake area. The trail connects El Caso Lookout Trail, Overlook Trail #0, and Largo Trail #14 for extended hiking.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Quemado, NM
Water: No Potable Water. Potable water can be obtained in the Cove Campground from May - September
Information Center: Quemado Ranger District
Phone: (575) 773-4678

General Information


There are vault toilets in the lake parking area on the north side of the lake.

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Quemado (20 miles) provides gas stations, food, and motels. Snuffy's Store and Restaurant near Quemado Lake provides gas, food, bait, and showers on a seasonal basis.

Nearby Campgrounds:
Campgrounds at Quemado Lake are available. Juniper Campground offers 18 RV spaces with water and electrical hookups for $15/day and 18 single-family sites for $10/day. Pinon Campground offers 23 single-family sites for $6/day and 2 group sites at $35/day for a 30-person site and $55/day for a 75-person site. Juniper and Pinon are open from May 1 to September 30. Cove and El Caso Campgrounds offer free, primitive camping with vault toilets.

Connecting Trails:  0  14

3D Terrain Map


From Quemado travel west on Hwy 60 for 0.5 mile. Turn south on Hwy 32 and travel 16 miles to Hwy 103. Follow Hwy 103 for 4 miles to Forest Road 13. Park in parking area. Trailhead is behind Quemado Lake sign in parking area.



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Day Hiking

This lakeshore trail passes through ponderosa pines and runs from Lake Dam to Grassy field.

Elevation desc7860 Feet
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Nature Viewing

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 Miles

  Elevation : 
7860 - 7860