Skyline Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Skyline Campground is located just south of the famous Monjeau Lookout tower along Forest Road 117 at a little over 9,000' elevation.  Access to it is via a well kept but steep gravel road but with inclement weather, this road can become rough and difficult to use.  There are 17 sites here for tents only.  Breathtaking mountain views abound and access to the White Mountain Wilderness can be found at the site via the Crest (T25) Trailhead.

No trash service at this site.  Please pack out what you pack in.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open and available for use year round however, the road leading up to the campground is currently closed for winter and the bathroom is locked.  
Operational Hours: Around the clock
Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Permit Info:
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days - 16' trailer limit.
Closest Towns: Ruidoso, NM
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Follow NM 48 north out of Ruidoso 4 miles and turn west (left) on NM 532 for 1 mile. Turn north (right) onto Forest Road 117 for 4 miles. It is gravel and the last 2 miles can be rough.

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking not paved
Tent camping Yes
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