Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground

Area Status: Open
Sam Tobias Group CG - pavilion

The Group Campground has capacity for up to 100 people for camping or picnicking. All units are wheelchair accessible and have pavilions, picnic tables, campfire pits, grills, water, vault toilets. 3 sites for 60/80/100 people in meadow setting provide popular group activity destination and trails/forest roads for hiking access into adjoining forest Large group facilities only. The campground previous known as Cedar Creek Campground and was renamed in honor of local firefighter, Sam Tobias, who lost his life in the line of duty the summer of 2000. 

Sam Tobias Group CG - pavilion Sam Tobias Group CG - sign Sam Tobias Group CG - tables & grills

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Sam Tobias Group Campground is available for advance reservations. Visit or call 877-444-6777 to make a reservation. 
Reservations: Visit or call 877-444-6777 to make a reservation. 
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $60 per night for 1-60 people. $80 per night for 61-80 people. $100 per night for 81-100 people. 
Open Season: - September 15
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days - RV's limited to 40' 
Closest Towns: Ruidoso, NM 
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Immediately adjacent to the north of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station is Cedar Creek Rd (Forest road 88). Turn left on this road, follow Forest Road 88 for less than 1 mile and you will see the signs and gates for the campgrounds on your right. This campground is the 2nd set of facilities you will see on your right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Group Camping

Group camping area located just east of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station in Ruidoso, NM. Available by reservation only.

Group Picnicking

Smokey Bear Ranger District group picnic area.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Parking: Pavilion included

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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