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General Information

Cimarron Campground is located in the beautiful Carson National Forest in New Mexico. This forest is known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, horse riding, and camping.

Facts about Cimarron Campground

  • Location: The campground is situated along the Cimarron River within the Valle Vidal unit of Carson National Forest.
  • Elevation: It is at a high elevation, typically making for cooler summer temperatures.
  • Season: The campground usually operates from late spring through early fall, depending on weather conditions.
  • Sites: It offers several sites, which are mostly suited for tent camping. Some may accommodate smaller RVs, but there are often length limits due to the natural terrain.
  • Amenities: Basic amenities include vault toilets, potable water, picnic tables, and fire rings at each campsite. However, there are no electrical hookups or dump stations.
  • Reservations: Cimarron Campground may operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the current reservation policy before planning your trip.

Activities

Fishing: The Cimarron River is popular for fishing, particularly for trout. Make sure you have a valid New Mexico fishing license and adhere to state fishing regulations.

Hiking: There are numerous trails in Carson National Forest, ranging from easy to challenging. Hikers can enjoy the scenic vistas and possibly encounter local wildlife.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is abundant in wildlife, including elk, deer, and numerous bird species, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and bird watching.

Regulations and Safety

  • Food Storage: Bear-proof containers may be required for food storage due to the presence of wildlife.
  • Fires: Always follow the current fire regulations and restrictions. Depending on the season and conditions, fire bans may be in effect.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural environment.
  • Weather Preparedness: Be prepared for cooler temperatures and sudden weather changes at high altitudes.

Accessibility

Road Access: Access to the campground is typically via forest roads which may be unpaved and rough. It is advised to check road conditions before traveling.

Cell Service: Cell phone coverage may be limited or non-existent depending on your carrier and exact location within the forest.

Contact Information

Before visiting, it's advisable to contact the Carson National Forest office or visit the official USDA Forest Service website for the most current information on Cimarron Campground:

  • Phone: You can reach out to the Carson National Forest offices to inquire about current conditions, campground status, and any questions you might have.
  • Website: The USDA Forest Service website provides valuable details about the campground, including alerts, closures, and rules.

Remember, this information is subject to change, and you should always verify the details before planning your trip.

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