|Holy Ghost is a campground on the edge of the Pecos Wilderness, in a Ponderosa-Fir forest, right at the edge of the altitude where Aspen begin. The campground is on the edge of a stream and has a trailhead into the Pecos Wilderness. Of the many campgrounds in this area, only Jack's Creek might be nicer.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||8.||6. In the campsite we stayed in, someone had tried (unsuccessfully) to burn their beer cans in the fire pit. They had then been pulled out and left on the ground nearby.||7. I picked up 35 small to medium pieces of litter from our campsite. There were also chip bags and other litter throughout the campground. The toilets were clean and well-maintained.|
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Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests||US Forest Service||2004||1:54000||Y||From the National Forest Store (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||BLM||1996||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||USGS||1954||1:250000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||East half|
|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 town of Pecos, NM, take New Mexico 63 north. This road is narrow and it has many sharp turns. After about 13 miles, you will see a sign indicating Holy Ghost is to the left. Take this even more winding, one-lane pothole-filled road (Forest road 122) about 2.2 miles to the campground, which is at the end of the road. If you get to the Terrero General Store, you have just missed the turnoff. The store is notable because it offers showers for $5.00.
About the campground:
This campground has some wonderful views, one of which is to the left. This view is looking northeast from the parking area for the tent portion of the campground.
To the right is another of the tent camping sites. You park and then walk up to the picnic table and tent area. The sites at the front of the campground are different from the one pictured here; in them, you park near your picnic table.
This campground has many varieties of wildflowers; you can see some in this photo.
To the left, you can see a picture of Holy Ghost Creek that runs beside the campground. About half of the campsites have direct access to this creek.
This campground has its share of campground wildlife. This was one of several squirrels running around the campground. We also saw several species of birds.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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