|A widened parking area with a few picnic tables that at times more resembles a busy parking lot than a campground. This heavily-used campground provides hiking access to the wilderness and fishing access to the lake.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||3. After I picked up 406 pieces of litter, our campsite was about as clean as the average forest service campsite (i.e., I got tired of picking up litter, and there was still more left).|
|General notes:||24 cars/trucks and 43 ATVs|
|CABRESTOCG||Campground||Cabresto Lake CG|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||2002||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Camino Real and Questa ranger districts and Valle Vidal Unit side of the map|
|Valle Vidal Unit, Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||1999||1:63360||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Wheeler Peak||BLM||2001||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|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:
From the stoplight in Questa, go east on NM 38. After about 0.6 miles, a sign indicates a left turn on Kiowa road as the route. Stay on this road for abot 2.2 miles, where it ends at a T intersection. Turn right. From here, drive about 3.4 miles on what turns into forest road 134. You will see a sign pointing left and indicating Cabresto lake is 2 miles up the rough, narrow, and winding forest road 134A. Our odometer said 2.1 miles had passed when we arrived at the campground. The road dead-ends in the campground.
Two passenger cars made it up the road, but I would not recommend this.
The most secluded campsite is the first on the left as you enter the campground.
About the campground:
Obviously, the primary draw for this area is the lake.
These shy ducks found the lake a nice place to hang out.
This was the view from our campsite. We kept the area in front of our site open only because we stayed in the campsite and gave the evil eye to those who arrived. Eventually, we lost, and our campsite was completely parked in.
In spite of our bad experience at this campground, it does have potential.
From the campground, you can see this prospecting hole that someone blasted in the side of the hill. In the tailings, you can find iron pyrite and goethite. You can see the trail at the bottom of the photo.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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