Cowles Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Cowles Campground sits at the base of the Winsor Canyon where it meets the Pecos Canyon and is in walking distance of Cowles Ponds, Winsor Creek, Pecos River, and Winsor Ridge Trailhead. Uses: tent camping, picnicking, fishing, & hiking. Facilities: 1 vault toilet, 9 camping units with tables, fire rings, & grills, 2 covered three-sided shelters with fire places, and trash bins. No potable water, untility hook-ups, dumpstations or showers.  Special Instructions:  Users are encouraged to recycle and pack out trash. Please visit the Leave No Trace website for more information about frontcountry and backcountry outdoor ethics at

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Limited services may be available. Please be prepared and recreate responsibly. Park only in designated areas. Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and comply with state public health orders limiting group size. Visit our Know Before You Go page for more information.
Reservations: Campsites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $6.00 per vehicle per night; $6.00 per day for picnicking
Permit Info: Permit is valid for a 24hrs period.
Open Season: May
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: June
Busiest Season: Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend
Restrictions: No Horses or Horse Trailers Allowed No ATV's Allowed Quite Hours from 10pm to 7am All users are required to pay parking fee.
Closest Towns: Village of Pecos
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please keep your dogs on a leash for their own safety, to be courteous to other users, to respect & protect wildlife, and to protect vegetation. In a Developed Recreation Area it is prohibited to bring in or possess an animal, other than a service animal, unless it is crated, caged, or upon a leach not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control. (36 CFR 261.16 (j))

General Information

Directions: 22 miles north of Pecos via NM 63 and Forest Roads 555 & 121

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Picnic tables
Parking Parking area is limited.
Tent camping Tent pads exist

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