Carson National Forest
As of 2022, Scenic Canyons no longer manages this campground, and this page will no longer be updated. For up to date information, please visit the Forest Service website.
A Food Storage Order is currently in place at this location. All food, cooking supplies, coolers, and personal hygiene products must be placed in a hard sided trailer or vehicle. Please put food away, even if you are in camp. Current drought conditions are drawing bears to the area and food, food smells, and other attractants can draw them in. Please do your part in keeping yourself and others safe by keeping a clean site. All garbage should be removed from your site immediately to the dumpsters. You can view the full order here.
Columbine Campground is the largest of the campgrounds along the banks of the Red River, between Questa and Red River, N.M. It features several secluded camp sites nestled in groves of ponderosa pine. Inside the campground there is a popular hiking and horsebacking trail that leads into the vast Wheeler Peak wilderness area, home to New Mexico's highest peak. Several sites fit large RVs, although there are no hook-ups or dump stations in the campground. There are also two accessible sites, which are reserved for persons with disabilities.
$20 per night
$5 per extra vehicle
$10 for day use
Reservations: Available at recreation.gov. Reservations can be made six months prior to the first day of your camping stay.
Directions: From Taos, N.M, drive 25 miles north on New Mexico State Road 522 to Questa, turn right on NM 38, then drive 5 miles east and the campground will be on the right. See map below.
Amenities: Vault toilets, pressurized drinking water, garbage service. Two toilets are accessible for people with disabilities.
Open Dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend. Closes one week after Labor Day.
Nearby: Fishing in the Red River, Fawn Lakes or Eagle Rock Lake, and hiking in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.