La Junta Canyon
Carson National Forest
Due to COVID-19, this campground will not open until the state of New Mexico allows gatherings of at least 20 people. Mid June is the earliest it may open. When it does open, we will strive diligently to keep our facilities disinfected, but cannot guarantee our facilities will be 100% free of coronavirus. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, and if you are feeling ill, help protect other campers and our employees by staying home.
No fires are currently allowed in this campground. For more information, visit the Forest Service website.
La Junta Canyon is a series of 30 stream-side campgrounds that stretch for about 4 miles along Forest Road 76 from New Mexico State Road 518 to Upper La Junta Campground. The canyon has a dispersed camping feel, but with restrooms and dumpsters nearby and one pressurized water source. The canyon is open to ATV use and there are several good ATV trails nearby.
Prices: $10 per vehicle, day use or overnight
Reservations: First-come, first-served.
Directions: From Taos, N.M., drive 22 miles south on NM State Road 518. Turn left on gravel Forest Road 76. The first camp site, dumpster and restroom is within the first half-mile. The sites are spaced along the road for the next 4 miles. See map below.
Amenities: Vault toilets, pressurized drinking water, garbage service.
Open dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend. Closes two weeks after Labor Day.
Nearby: ATV riding is available and there are several trails nearby. The small creek, Rito la Presa, is stocked with trout.
See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Carson National Forest.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.