|A popular campground in a spruce forest for fishing in the nearby lakes. When we were there, one person told us he hit his limit in just an hour or so. Many of the campers around us were eating meals of fresh fish.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||8. Only a few pieces of litter, but there was some broken glass, and litter in the fire ring.|
|General notes:||The toilet was reasonably clean, but ran out of toilet paper quickly. Additionally, someone had used a crowbar on the door, so it would not latch closed for privacy.|
|LowerLagunitas||Campground||Lower Lagunitas campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||2002||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Canjilon-El Rito and Tres Piedras ranger districts portion|
|Chama||BLM||2001||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
The good news is that (at least when we visited), the route was well signed. From US 285 north of Tres Piedras, turn on forest road 87 right before San Antonio mountain (a large, extinct volcano). Stay on 87 for about 25 miles. Turn right on the road when the sign indicates Lower Lagunitas. No sign anywhere indicates that you have arrived at the campground. You just see a vault toilet and you are there. Note that the road up to the campground can be rough requiring high clearance. However, when we were there, a passenger car made it.
About the campground:
The primary draw of these campsites is the lake access, as you can see in the background of this photo of one of the campsites. Also in this photo, you can see where the Upper Lagunitas campground is. It is along the ridge on the other side of the lake.
Another reason for coming to this campground is the amazing diversity of wildflowers, such as this narrow goldenrod (Solidago simplex).
Plants we saw around the campground:
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