Black Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open

Black Canyon Campground is one of the more popular campgrounds on the Santa Fe National Forest and offers the most amenities of any of the campgrounds in the Espanola Ranger District. Some sites are single- and double-family camping sites. Six are tent-camping only and visitors must park and travel to the campsite. A few are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 36 units for cars and RVs.

There are picnic tables and grills, a campground host on-site, vaulted toilets, and several double sites to accommodate a maximum of 16 people. There is a very nice hiking trail that leaves the back of the campground and makes a loop of about a mile, returning to the campground. Park outside the main gate and travel in if you are using the trail and not camping. Trailhead parking is available in the lot near the campground entrance.  There is no electricity available, and no RV dump station on site.  A dump station is available nearby for a nominal fee right next door at Hyde Memorial State Park, a part of the NM State Park system. There are additional recreation opportunities along NM 475, both above and below Black Canyon Campground, including hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and in the winter, both nordic and alpine skiing.

Our facility is experiencing a temporary water outage. Please bring all the water you’ll need for your visit, including drinking water.

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites may be reserved, with a minimum of 4 days in advance. Reserve online or call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777).  
Fees: $10 per night per site. 
Open Season: May - November
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Santa Fe, NM
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Santa Fe National Forest honors America the Beautiful Interagency Passes. Senior Pass (Lifetime and Annual) and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on single unit campsites.  
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Eight miles from downtown Santa Fe on NM 475. Take Bishop*s Lodge Road to Artist Road, which will turn into NM 475, also known as Hyde Park Road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 36 single site(s), 9 double site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Accessible sites 30 of 45

RV Camping

Day Hiking

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Black Canyon Campground is the lowest elevation site suitable for Nordic skiing or snowshoeing in the Santa Fe area. Because of this the snow is less dependable, but in a good winter can be very enjoyable.

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