The US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management maintain developed camping areas throughout in New Mexico. Please check each area’s website regarding seasonal closures, camping fees, and facilities (restrooms, water, etc.) before visiting.
Note: All BLM and Forest Service lands are open for dispersed, backcountry camping and hiking, unless posted. Some NPS lands are open to dispersed, backcountry camping with a valid permit issued by the park.
U.S. Forest Service
Carson National Forest – North/Northeast NM
Campgrounds in Camino Real Ranger District and Tres Piedras Ranger District are closed for the season.
Some campgrounds in Canjilon Ranger District, El Rito Ranger District, and Questa Ranger Districts are open year round. Please check before visiting.
Cibola National Forest –Central/Southwest NM
Campgrounds in Sandia Ranger District and Magdalena Ranger District (except Datil Well) are closed for the season.
Some campgrounds in Mt. Taylor Ranger District and Mountainair Ranger District are open year round. Please check the link above before visiting.
Gila National Forest – Southwest NM
Most campgrounds are open year round with some closures between November and March. Please check the Gila National Forest website before visiting.
Lincoln National Forest – South Central/Southeast NM
All campgrounds in the Sacramento District are closed for the season except James Canyon Campground.
All campgrounds in the Smokey Bear District are closed for the season except Baca and Skyline Campgrounds.
Santa Fe National Forest – North/Northwest NM
Most campgrounds are closed for the season due to high elevation weather conditions, except:
Resumidero Camping Area (Coyote RD)
Rio Puerco Campground (Coyote RD)
Vista Linda Campground (Jemez RD)
Borrego Mesa Campground (Espanola RD)
Big Tesuque Campground (Espanola RD)
Aspen Vista Campground (Espanola RD)
Some campgrounds have seasonal closures or currently undergoing construction. Please check the respective district or field office closures before visiting: https://www.blm.gov/new-mexico-advisories-and-closures
National Park Service
Camping is open at Bandelier National Monument at the Juniper Family Campground (first come, first serve) or Ponderosa Group Campground (via reservation at recreation.gov).
Camping is open at El Morro National Monument, first come first serve.
Dispersed, backcountry camping is available at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Free backcountry permit required and regulations apply.
New Mexico State Parks:
New Mexico State Parks are open to all. Several state parks are currently managing for seasonal closures and it is important for visitors to continue to check for details on specific park hours of operation and additional information before visiting. Check the State Parks website: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/ and know before you go.
Maps of New Mexico public lands access can be found here.