Elephant Rock

Site 21
A nice campground along the Red River amongst spruce-fir forest.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Carson National Forest; Questa Ranger District
Official URL:campground web site
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
CG elevation: 8530ft; 2600m
Campsite count: 21. The forest service claims 22 sites are here.
Visual density: 0.00. Visual density not recorded.
Fee: $15.00.
Season: May 01 to September 30. The season is weather-dependent.
Dogs: Yes. on leash.
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes. Site 17 is accessible.
RV max length: 19ft; 6m
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? Unknown.
Campground facilities: water, trash can(s) (A dumpster at the entrance.), vault toilet(s), fire pit (with cook grates).
Campground attractions: fishing.

When we visited it:

Date: 2004-07-15
Cleanliness: 9.

Waypoints:

Waypoint Type Description
ELFANTRKCGCampgroundElephant Rock CG

Maps:

Paper maps:
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 where NM 522 and NM 38 meet, head east on NM 38, toward Red River. After several miles, you should see the campground.

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About the campground:

site 8

The sites are nicely developed, as you can see here.

In spite of how it may appear here, they did not place the tables in a lake. It had just finished pouring and hailing when I took this photo.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Thu Aug 16 11:28:21 2007 Sam & Denise from Tulsa, OK said:
We found this campground after we set up in Carson Canyon Campground. Actually, we toured all the campgrounds just to see where we wanted to stay the next time we are up in Red River. This campground has some excellent looking tent sights and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here. It was very clean and in a beautiful setting.

On Tue Jul 15 07:30:14 2008 Travis from Clovis, NM said:
Just returned from a wonderful 4th of July weekend 2008 with my wife. The campgrounds were very well maintained, very clean. We were impressed beyond belief. The restrooms were kept very clean and stocked with tissue. The river was just down the hill and could be heard very well, nice and tranquil. We had sight #5 and it is pretty secluded from most of the others. It was at the top of the hill with one other site that is across the road and around the turn just a little. The parking spot was small but enough for any type vehicle just not a camper. The site has a very large tent area that is smoothed out pretty well. We had a 10 man measuring 16' x 14'. Fire pits are nice with a folding grill for cooking on the fire if you choose to do that. Red River is about 4 mile east of the campgrounds and very nice. Questa is about 10 miles west and at the stop light there is a fitness center that for $3.00 you can purchase a day pass to use the facilities which includes showers as well. Sight #4 looked pretty big for tent use also, but it was closer to some of the other sites. Overall an AAA+++ experience. Thanks to the camp host for a well maintained enjoyable weekend.

On Tue Jul 15 07:30:53 2008 Travis from Clovis, NM said:
Just returned from a wonderful 4th of July weekend 2008 with my wife. The campgrounds were very well maintained, very clean. We were impressed beyond belief. The restrooms were kept very clean and stocked with tissue. The river was just down the hill and could be heard very well, nice and tranquil. We had sight #5 and it is pretty secluded from most of the others. It was at the top of the hill with one other site that is across the road and around the turn just a little. The parking spot was small but enough for any type vehicle just not a camper. The site has a very large tent area that is smoothed out pretty well. We had a 10 man measuring 16' x 14'. Fire pits are nice with a folding grill for cooking on the fire if you choose to do that. Red River is about 4 mile east of the campgrounds and very nice. Questa is about 10 miles west and at the stop light there is a fitness center that for $3.00 you can purchase a day pass to use the facilities which includes showers as well. Sight #4 looked pretty big for tent use also, but it was closer to some of the other sites. Overall an AAA+++ experience. Thanks to the camp host for a well maintained enjoyable weekend.

On Mon May 25 18:41:23 2009 AUSTIN from Lubbock TX said:
Great place,, We stayed the last weekend of June 2008,

The whole valley is great to stay in, but This place is Great for RV's & trailers,,It's @ 400 yds from the creek, OK for Fishing, but great for camping. Great facilities, all black top, easy access .

On Mon Jun 14 08:03:31 2010 Kristin from Rio Rancho, NM said:
We just returned from a wonderful weekend in Carson National Forest. We stayed at this campground and loved it! Very well maintained, very clean, someone was cleaning the restrooms daily. Overall a great experience.

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