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Elephant Rock Campground

Carson National Forest

New Mexico

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.

Elephant Rock Campground is near the Red River and has good access to short hikes from the campground.


   $20 per night
    $5 per extra vehicle
    $10 for day use


Reservations: Available at 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, then drive 9 miles east on NM 38 to the campground, on your left. See map below.

Amenities: Vault toilets, pressurized drinking water, garbage service.


Open Dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend.  May close as early as Labor Day, but may stay opened if needed until last Monday in September.

Nearby: Fishing, hunting and hiking are available nearby.

See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Carson National Forest.

For more information, visit the Forest Service website.

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