Mora

No short text The Mora campground is a very popular campground in a Ponderosa-Fir forest along nearly a mile of the Rio Pecos. Some sites are nice, but overall this campground shows the signs of its popularity in damaged picnic tables, litter, graffiti, etc. I recommend that you consider Jack's Creek, Cowles, Terrero, or Holy Ghost instead.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Gaining Access Into Nature (GAIN)
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
North of Pecos.
CG elevation: 7903ft; 2409m
Campsite count: 4. The number depends on the amount of creative parking you do and how close you are willing to be to your neighbor. Picnic tables are scattered around, but many people I saw camping were using their own tables. A 2004 informal survey found as many as 40 vehicles camping here on busy weekends.
Visual density: 0.00. visual density not recorded.
Fee: $5.00. The $5.00 is for five days. You can also pay $15 for a year. If you have a current hunting or fishing license, camping is free (you already paid for it). There is no on-site payment. You must purchase your permit ahead of time at any place that sells hunting/fishing licenses or you can pay an additional $4.95 and buy it online.
Season: April 01 to October 31.
Dogs: Yes. On leash?
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: No.
General tent notes: I do not think the campground is that good for tents, but I have seen people using them.
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? Unknown.
General notes: If you are a NM resident, contact your legislators and ask them to move this campground to the state parks (there was a memorial in 2010 suggesting doing this, but memorials are not binding on anybody). Changing it to a park would change how you pay, but it would probably be better cared for.
Campground facilities: vault toilet(s), fire pit (Some sites have grates for cooking, some are rings of stone.).
Campground attractions: fishing, river (The Rio Pecos and the Rio Mora join near the center of the campground.).

When we visited it:

Date: 2001-09-22
Cleanliness: 4. Beyond all the litter, there was graffiti on the toilets, and they were quite smelly.
General notes: This campground suffers from way too much use.

Waypoints:

Waypoint Type Description
MORACGCampgroundMora Camground

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. Cross the river near a sign pointing to the Holy Ghost campground (do not take the road to the Holy Ghost campground). Near the Terrero General Store (which offers showers for $5.00), the road makes a sharp right turn, but there is really no other place to go. About two miles past the general store and about 1.5 miles past the Terrero mine the camping starts and runs for about 0.9mi.

Note that the road from Pecos is narrow and it has many sharp turns. Expect to take a good part of an hour to get from Pecos to the campground.

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About the campground:

A campsite along the Rio Mora
Where you actually see the sign for the campground, a rough dirt road runs up along the Rio Mora to some of the nicer sites. To the left is a picture of our truck in one of them.
The Rio Mora is quite picturesque here, as evidenced by the photo to the right. This part of the river is near the campsite pictured above.
The Rio Mora at the Mora Campground
What an average campsite looks like
To the left, you can see an average site. This campsite is across NM 63 from the Rio Pecos.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Tue Aug 2 13:52:23 2005 David from Albuquerque, NM said:
I have camped at almost every site along the Pecos since 1971. Most trips have been pleasant except for the few people who seem to want to party and blare their boom boxes until late at night. Plan on arriving early for the premium sites as it does become crowded by late Fridays.

On Tue May 9 13:59:13 2006 Anonymous from abq.NM said:
I would pay $5 a nite if there was any kind of control of late nite partiers and upkeep of bathrooms and trash containers

On Thu May 25 17:06:27 2006 Jeff from Albuquerque said:
We spent two days at Mora Creek May 23 and 24, an area that I have spent a lot of time at since I was a small child. We spent 45 minutes picking up trash (beer cans and bottles, paper products, food containers. . .) when we arrived to make the site as picturesque as nature provided it. The toilet facilities have been used as trash bins and it doesn't appear that State Game and Fish is doing anything to improve this otherwise beautiful spot. The fishing was good (more trash in the creek), and the upper campground was very peaceful. Making this a fee area, I suppose, would go a long way toward keeping out the riff-raff and vandals. From the tagging on the outhouses, trees, picnic tables, and rocks, I learned "Veronica loves Miguel," "Panthers 2006 Rule," and a lot of foul language.

If you're willing to pick up after the people before you, this is a great spot.

On Mon Apr 30 14:48:36 2007 Knut from Santa Fe said:
Do not go unless heavily armed.

On Wed Jun 17 13:26:05 2009 BERNADETTE MOYA from Belen said:
this is my favorite. we go there all the time...I love the river and it is not too bad as far as partiers...we have been going there for years the Rangers are awesone. the grounds have been better taken care of than from past years...looking forward to another summer of fishing and exploring...heading up there this week 6/17/09

On Tue Jun 15 17:39:08 2010 desert rat from Albuquerque said:
What a dump! There are NO HOOKUPS in the Pecos wilderness, and the place is crawling with RV'ers. KEEP YOUR LAND BARGES HOME! Dispersed camping is out of control and the beautiful resource is being destroyed. Mora CG is just a dirt parking lot full of trash.

On Fri Aug 6 09:52:12 2010 Anonymous from Texas said:
It is such a sad sight to see how the site has changed over the years. My family has had a family tradition of camping in this area for over 50 years. My father, his brothers and one sister have hundreds of stories related to this area that we cherish and love to hear over and over again. The graffiti and the pollution has gotten out of hand. You can't even walk one step in any direction without stepping on some kind of litter. When I was a child in the 80's we could run the campgrounds barefoot without the worry of stepping on broken glass and now that I have my own children, I wouldn't dream of letting them run around in even so much as a flip flop on; they have to wear shoes. I know that my family would be willing and even proud to have to pay a camp fee just to be able to see the place where all our beloved family memories took place, cleaned up and restored back to it's original condition (graffiti and litter free). We went camping just this summer in July like we do every year and there was a fire ban. There were signs every where and yet there were still idiots starting fires! Obviously those people don't respect the area or the law and need to be ticketed or even arrested. And the sad part of that is that they were locals! I noticed someone complaining about R.V.ers and the people that were not following the laws about the fire ban were the people who were sleeping in tents! Fancy that!!! In all the years that I have been camping there, it is more often than not that the R.V.ers are the ones following the rules and keeping it clean. I know that there are some people who sleep in tents and can keep the area clean but just from my experience this is what I have noticed. I don't think that people who travel 5 hours to get to a camp site would go just to trash the place. It's the locals who go and don't care to clean house because they don't treasure what they have like those of us who don't have the privilege to see such natural beauty.

On Fri Jun 8 14:48:23 2012 ACHR from ALBUQUERQUE said:
We had the best time there, met some really nice people.

On Sun May 11 22:40:55 2014 Jeff from Albuquerque said:
May 9&10 2014 I stayed at this campground with my son, a friend, and his two boys. There were 6 or 8 RV's and we were the only tent campers. (Obviously luck from reading the other posts). We were fortunate to have very quite and respectful neighbors, (mostly families just enjoying a Mother's Day weekend). It was my sons first camping experience and I feel lucky that it was positive for him. The campground it self was fine, we camped just feet from the river amongst the trees, our site had no table nor did I notice tables at the other sites but we made due. The only real downside was the vault toilets, they were so unkept that we opted for the forest, for fear of catching something. This of course would not be possible during high season and our experience would have been much different. Bottom line: pick your weekends wisely, ( no way would I go here during a holiday weekend), and go at the beginning or possibly the end of the season. Otherwise keep driving and use a pay site which we visited for the vault toilets and found them to be very clean and well supplied.

On Sat May 17 13:31:54 2014 Angler Who Cares from Somewhere said:
The Mora Campground is a disgusting mess. The place is overrun with campers who don't obey signs that restrict camping to specific areas. Litter carpets the landscape. Have dirty baby diapers? No worries, just leave them anywhere on site or better yet, throw them in the river. The rowdy campers far out number families. Its a redneck paradise. The river is beautiful there but forget about fly fishing. Accepted fishing etiquette is not observed. Forget about manners of any sort. Avid anglers avoid this area on the weekends, limiting their time in the area to mid-week days at most. It's a shame that the authorities don't appear to have enough resources to police the area.

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