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Camping at Columbine Campground NM

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Location and Description

Columbine Campground is a beautiful camping area located within Carson National Forest in New Mexico. The campground is situated in a scenic mountainous setting surrounded by aspen and mixed conifer forests, offering campers a refreshing retreat amidst nature.

Access and Directions

To reach Columbine Campground, take Highway 522 to Questa, then head east on NM 38 for approximately 2.5 miles. The campground will be located on the right-hand side (south). Please check the latest local maps and resources for the most accurate directions as routes may change due to road closures or construction.

Camping Facilities

Columbine Campground typically provides basic amenities, including:

  • Campsites suitable for tents and small trailers
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings with grills
  • Vault toilets
  • Potable water

There are no hookups for RVs, and the campground does not offer showers or flush toilets. It's important to note that the availability of facilities might vary depending on the season or maintenance schedules.

Recreation Opportunities

Hiking: The campground is a popular base camp for hikers, with access to numerous trails, including ones leading into the surrounding wilderness areas. The Columbine-Hondo Wilderness area, for example, offers extensive hiking trails and beautiful vistas.

Fishing: Nearby streams and rivers may provide opportunities for trout fishing. Anglers should make sure they have the proper New Mexico fishing license and adhere to the state's fishing regulations.

Wildlife Watching: The area is also known for opportunities to observe wildlife, including deer, elk, and various bird species. However, always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other animals to the campsite.

Campsite Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Columbine Campground may operate on a first-come, first-served basis, or it might allow reservations depending on the time of year. It's best to check with the Forest Service or a reservation system like Recreation.gov for the current policy.

Fees: There is typically a nightly fee for camping, which can change from year to year. Senior citizens and those with access passes may be eligible for a discount.

Season and Operating Hours

The camping season at Columbine Campground generally runs from late spring to early fall, depending on weather conditions and snowmelt. Exact opening and closing dates can vary yearly, and the campground may have specific operating hours for check-in and check-out.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Campfires may be permitted within provided fire rings, but always heed local fire restrictions and bans.
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all trash and follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: Adhere to quiet hours typically established in the evening to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.

Contact Information

For the most current information, reach out to the Questa Ranger District or the Carson National Forest office.

  • Questa Ranger District: (575) 586-0520
  • Carson National Forest Office: (575) 758-6200

These contact details may change, so it is advisable to verify them via the USDA Forest Service website or by conducting a current search online.

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