Panchuela Campground


Area Status: Open

Water system is OFF for the Winter 2023 season.

Panchuela campground is nestled at the edge of the Pecos Wilderness with Panchuela Creek running along the eastern side of the campground. The campground has potable water. At a little over 8,300 feet visitors to this campground escape from the warmer temperatures of the city and enjoy the moderate temperatures of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There are 6 sites inside the campground and are within walking distance of the parking lot. With the nearby Pecos Wilderness Area, this campground makes for the perfect base camp for those looking take day hikes into the Wilderness Area.  

The campsites are surrounded by views of the mountains and the gorgeous shades of green from the mixed conifer and aspen. In the fall, the mountains gleam a glorious gold as the aspen leaves begin to change color. A variety of wildlife are seen in the surrounding forests including deer, elk, various species of songbirds and raptors, and the occasional black bear. Not far from the campground in an open meadow, campers can see the charming rustic cabins that forest service volunteers and employees stay in when working in the Pecos Wilderness Area.

 

 

 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water system is OFF for the 2023 Winter season.
Reservations: The six sites inside the campground are reservation only during the high use season (May to Mid-Sept.) with a minmum of 4 days advanced reservation. Visit recreation.gov  to reserve a site.  Between May 16 and June 16 Sites 5 and 6 will not be available for reservation due to repairs needed on the site shelters. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $5.00 per site per night.  
Open Season: May - End of November
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses or horse trailers allowed.  No ATVs allowed.  Quiet hours from 10pm to 7am.
Closest Towns: Pecos, NM
Water: Potable water is out of service
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
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
Information Center: All sites inside the campground are all walk-in. Also, parking is limited.

General Information

Directions: 22 miles north of Pecos via NM 63 and FRs 555 & 305

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Panchuela campground is nestled at the edge of the Pecos Wilderness with Panchuela Creek running along the eastern side of the campground. At a little over 8,300 feet in the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to the campground escape from the warmer temperatures of the city and enjoy the moderate temperatures of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There are 6 units on the campground and are within walking distance of the parking lot. Panchuela campground usually opens in mid-May through mid-November. With the nearby wilderness, the sites make the perfect base camp for those looking to take day hikes into the wilderness.

No. of Sites 6 sites
No. of Accessible sites None
Usage: There are a total of six campsites at Panchuela. Three units have three-sided shelters with a fire place and picnic table. All sites have fire rings or fire ring grill combos with bare ground for tent camping. Bathrooms and trash bins are located at the parking lot and there is a host on site. Hand pumped water spigots are also located in the parking area and are a two minute walk from the farthest campsite. All of the sites have ample shade and visitors often enjoy relaxing in their hammock with plenty of trees to choose from. Four sites are situated on the banks of Panchuela Creek, close enough to hear the soothing sounds of the water.

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Picnicking

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
35.82984385

  Longitude : 
-105.664173

  Elevation : 
8321