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Overview of Elephant Rock Campground

Elephant Rock Campground is nestled within the Carson National Forest, which covers over 1.5 million acres in northern New Mexico. It is a picturesque campground named after a nearby granite dome resembling an elephant.


Elephant Rock Campground is located in the Carson National Forest, near the community of Red River in New Mexico.


The campground is typically accessible during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall. However, opening and closing dates may vary each year depending on weather conditions.

Campsite Details

Facilities: Elephant Rock Campground offers basic camping amenities, including:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Vault toilets
  • Drinking water

Capacity: There are multiple individual sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some sites may be reservable depending on current forest service policy.

RVs: The campground can accommodate RVs, although the length of RVs that can be supported may be limited, and there are no hookups available.


Fishing: The campground is near several streams and lakes, where trout fishing is a popular activity.

Hiking: Many trails are accessible from the campground for all levels of hikers.

Wildlife Viewing: The Carson National Forest is home to a variety of wildlife.


Camping fees are charged per night per site. Prices are subject to change, so campers should check the latest fee schedule before visiting.


Depending on the season and current forest service policy, campsites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or they may be reservable in advance through a reservation system such as Recreation.gov.

Important Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Depending on conditions, fire restrictions may be in place; always check current regulations and adhere to all fire safety guidelines.
  • Trash: No trash service is available, so practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out what you pack in.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Quiet Hours: Observe quiet hours and be courteous to fellow campers.

Weather and Clothing

The weather can be unpredictable in mountainous regions, with cold nights and the potential for sudden weather changes. Campers should bring appropriate clothing and gear for a range of conditions.

Contact Information

For the most current information, campers should contact the Carson National Forest ranger district office as policies, accessibility, and condition reports can change with the seasons and environmental factors.

Note: Always check the current conditions and any alerts or updates from the Forest Service before planning a trip to Elephant Rock Campground.

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