Recreation Sites Open for the Season

Recreation sites on the Lincoln National Forest are now open for the 2019 season. The Lincoln National Forest, covering 1.1 million acres, offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and seasonal experiences for the approximately 767,000 yearly visitors it welcomes to southern New Mexico.

Recreation opportunities on the forest provide visitor access to trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, wilderness areas, and scenic driving.

Most campgrounds and day-use picnic areas are open from mid-spring through mid-fall and are closed in winter in response to low visitation and freezing temperatures. This year, all the campgrounds on the Lincoln National Forest will be open by May 17, 2019.

Many campsites in developed campgrounds are available on a first come-first served basis, but some can be reserved in advance. National Forest visitors can go online to the website and select the name of the facility they wish to reserve or call the reservation service at 1-877-444-6777.

The cost to camp at an established campground site varies between $6.00 and $22.00 per single camp unit. Large group picnic and campsites are also available. The largest group campsite, Upper Fir Group Campground, can accommodate up to 120 people. The largest group picnic site, Cedar Creek Picnic Area, can accommodate 40 people.  Fees for these sites vary depending on the number of people.

Visit our website or one of our offices for detailed information about locations and fees.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the forest, but it is critical all campfires be extinguished appropriately, even in designated campfire rings. Do not take unnecessary risks by lighting campfires on hot and windy days.

Below is the recreation site schedule for the Lincoln National Forest.

Recreation Site Dates Open
Smokey Bear Ranger District
*Baca Campground Open year round
Cedar Creek Picnic Area Open year round
Oak Grove Campground May 15-October (weather dependent)
*Skyline Campground Open year round
Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground May 15-October (weather dependent)
Three Rivers Campground Open year round
Sacramento Ranger District
Aspen Campground May 17-September 3
Apache Campground May 17-September 3
Black Bear Group Campground May 17-September 3
Deerhead Campground April 19-October 15
*James Canyon Campground Open year round
*La Pasada Encantada Trail May 17- September 3
Lower Fir Group Campground May 17- October 1
Pines Campground May 17-September 3
Saddle Campground May 17-September 3
Silver and Silver Overflow Campground April 19-October 15
Silver Amphitheater May 17-September 3
Sleepy Grass Campground May 17-September 3
*Sleepy Grass Family Picnic Area May 17-September 3
Slide Group Campground May 17-October 1
Upper Fir Group Campground May 17-October 1
*Upper Karr Recreation Area Open Year Round

*Indicates a non-fee area.