A wide spot with a stream in the Taos Canyon which has been turned into a campground. This campground is used by people as a place to spend the night, not as a place to spend time (when we spent the night here, most were gone a little after 8am). Part of this is probably due to the fact that this is the first campground you reach after you leave Taos.
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|General notes:||When we visited, the toilet had a broken door handle.|
|PETACA||Campground||Las Petacas Campground|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||2002||1:126720||N||From the National Forest Store (purchase)||Camino Real and Questa ranger districts and Valle Vidal Unit side of the map|
|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.|
|Taos||BLM||1994||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (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 Taos, take US 64 towards Angel Fire. The campground will be on the south (right) side of the highway after you have gone five to ten miles.
About the campground:
The highway is right next to the campground, so road noise is a problem.
You enter the campground at the middle, and the turnaround space at either end is limited if the campground is full.
The photo shows our truck in site 6.
Site 9 looks like the nicest. To get to it, turn right when you enter the campground and go to the end. There is a nice tent location here.
A small stream does run beside the campground.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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