Redondo

No short text This ponderosa-forest campground in the Jemez offers a less-crowded alternative to the popular nearby Jemez Falls campground, but still offers much of the benefits. However for the same fee as at Jemez Falls, you get less for your money, as this campground is less well maintained and has no water.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Santa Fe National Forest; Jemez Ranger District
Official URL:campground web site
Region: North-central; Jemez Mountains.
CG elevation: 8133ft; 2479m
Campsite count: 59. In three closable loops, so some might be closed, depending on the season.
Visual density: 8.60. Visual density ranged from 2 to 20. Sites 46 and 49 are the most isolated.
Fee: $10.00. When we visited, there was no water and the toilets were smelly. Compared to the nearby Jemez Falls campground with the same fee but working water and cleaner toilets, this campground was a disappointment.
Season: April 01 to October 31. Season depends on weather.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: No.
General tent notes: Some good tent areas, but not as many as in the Jemez Falls campground. You should arrive early for weekend camping to be sure to get a good spot for your tent. The higher-numbered sites (go left at the entrance) have better tent areas.
RV max length: 29ft; 9m
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? No.
RV parking notes: back-in only. Not all sites have the same length of parking area; if you have a large RV, you should arrive early for weekend camping.
General notes: The campground has an amphitheater, but without seats. Odd.

When were there in 2003, the well was temporarily out of service. It was still non-functional in 2005.

Many sites have two parking spots. It appears that each campsite gets a fixed amount of asphalt, and some sites have it as two separate parking spots, others have it as one long parking area. The longer areas would be best for larger RVs.

Campground facilities: trash can(s), vault toilet(s), fire pit (Very few have cooking grates), reservation sites (1-877-444-6777).
Campground attractions: wildlife, wildflowers.

When we visited it:

Date: 2003-07-20 2005-09-18
Cleanliness: 9. 9. Only small pieces of litter.

Waypoints:

Waypoint Type Description
REDONDOCGCampgroundRedondo CG

Maps:

Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Albuquerque New Mexico USGS 1983 1:100000 Y from sar.lanl.gov (free)
Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah Automobile Club of Southern California 1998 1:0 N from Amazon (purchase) Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.
Los Alamos BLM 2003 1:100000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe National Forest US Forest Service 2004 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) West half
Valles Caldera Map and Geologic History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera Kirt Kempter and Dick Huelster 2007 1:76875 Y from Amazon (purchase) Great map of the Valles Caldera area, including part of the national forest surrounding it.
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:

About the campground:

Site 3
This shot of site 2 shows the long version of the parking area.
This shot of site 8 shows the contrasting two shorter parking spot version.
site 8
sites 20 and 21
Many of the sites are relatively close, as sites 20 and 21 are.
Site 52 is one of the more isolated sites.
site 52
site 46
Site 46 (pictured here) is more physically isolated, as is 49.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Tue Aug 8 14:10:27 2006 Anonymous from Albuquerque, NM said:
My family loves this campground. The campground is paved allowing the kids to ride their bikes, it is in close proximity to great hiking (East Forks and Jemez Falls,) and is close to fishing. This campground also allows reservations which is nice and is also only about 1.5 hours from ABQ.

On Mon Aug 21 09:08:23 2006 Anonymous from Somewhere said:
Just came back from camping in Redondo 8/20. Campsite were really clean. The camp host was great. We did have a problem with rowdy behavior which the camp host quickly squashed bringing things to a more serene state.

Their well has gone dry and there is no expectation of renewing the well. I would definitely return.

On Wed May 30 08:36:19 2007 ET from Los Alamos NM said:
Hi:

Camp last visited 5/24 - 5/28/07

Just an update of some of your information:

Seats have been added to the amphitheater as well as a podium.

Well is still dry...write to your congressional representative and senatorial representatives to get funding. Lack of water impacts fire safety and personal health.

Jemez Ranger Staff has told us that recreational budget was cut for 2007, so more work will be done by volunteer hosts. Again, write. Lack of permanent staff degrades quality of campground. Also, help the hosts by keeping your camp site clean and pick up any "micro trash" as they call it.

Since there is no water, you should be prepared and bring at least 5 gallons of water to put your campfire out, as well as having a shovel to stir your ashes. This will help the hosts who are now required to clean out the fire pits, a job previously done by USFS staff.

Water can be obtained at Jemez Falls Campground, 2.5 miles to the left from Redondo.

Agreed, site 52 is fantastic and our favorite, especially since the tree next to the site has been aged at over 75 years. Have visited every site in the camp, and stayed at 50% of the sites. 57 sites are useable. 4 and 5 do not exist, but may be associated with 3 which has a very tiny parking area.

Noisy neighbors? Definitely talk to the host at any hour. They will call the Sheriff if needed. Amphitheater effect of the campground carries night noise. One host heard a conversation held at site 49 up at the entrance one night. He still did not get to hear the punch line....

Become "Bear Aware." There is a local bear in the La Cueva area that has visited the campgrounds. The camp has been visited by Puma, Bobcat, Elk and has several varieties of birds and "Hummers" as well.

Fishing is nearby in La Cueva for the youngsters. I like travelling to above the state Fish Hatchery.

Last year, a geology professor from Washington state stayed an entire month studyig the Valles Caldera. Definitely an interesting conversation. Hopefully he will return for 2007.

Can you tell I like the place?

ETH

On Mon Oct 27 07:04:55 2008 Bill from Rio Rancho, NM said:
We stayed here in September 2008 and 2007. Currently, the well is operational. The last weekend of September the camping was free and there were less than six sites occupied. My parents were hosts in the 1980s and we all enjoyed this peaceful setting.

On Sun Jul 26 18:11:40 2009 Rob DeBuck from Alb NM said:
We have been coming to this camp for many years. It is beautifull with all the huge Ponderosa Pines. There is a great road to run on across the street from the entrance to the grounds for the runners out there. I was last there in Mid-July of 2009, and the outhouse was immaculate. We had a great time hiking and relaxing as usual.

On Thu Jun 10 21:37:03 2010 Kristin from Rio Rancho, NM said:
We stayed at this campground last summer in 2009. it was very nice, clean, and we had a great time! Hiking was close by and the amphitheater was a great touch. Overall a good campground!

On Thu Jun 24 14:09:55 2010 Anonymous from Somewhere said:
I have camped in the Jemez all my life but it has always been at the San Antonio site up near Fenton Lake (now currently under renovation). We decided to try Redando and were very happy with how clean and well kept it was. It isn't by a stream like the other camp site but the nearest river is only about 5 to 10 minutes away. There are several really nice designated spots and plenty of room for larger tents like ours. I'm sure we will go back very soon.

On Tue Jul 13 21:14:17 2010 Anonymous from albuquerque, nm said:
We recently stayed here on the weekend of July 9th, 10th and 11th of 2010. It is a very beautiful campground, well shaded with large ponderosa pines all around. Unfortunately, with such a beautiful campground, the vault toilets were horrid! We have small children that we could not take into the bathrooms. Not only were they smelly, but they were two stall vaults without doors! I had to breath in my shirt to use the bathroom. It either reaked of feces or of ammonia. The ammonia was so strong in the men's room that it burned my husband's lungs and nostrils and he is in the construction industry. We actually took a ride up to Jemez Falls and used their restrooms, which I might add were very clean and private. Great place to stay for those RVers with their own restrooms.

On Fri Jul 16 13:05:52 2010 rob from Columbia, MO said:
This was a very clean, quiet campground one night before the July 4th holiday. Friendly host and survived on 2.5 gallons of water although we would have needed more for a campfire. Beautiful!

On Sun Aug 22 16:44:56 2010 Dewey from NM said:
This campground was very nice. Very clean. The host Steve was very helpful. We have a 35' 5th wheel that would not fit in the site we had reserved. Steve moved us into the camp site next to it...plenty large enough. He even assisted (guided) my wife with backing the trailor in. Had a very enjoyable weekend.

On Mon Jul 18 16:05:54 2016 Michelle from Somewhere said:
Absolutely Terrible!! The camp hosts were the most racist people I have ever encountered! We had been going there for years and have never had a problem and this time the hosts would not leave us alone. Anything they heard they would come straight to our camp and walk around our site to see if it was, when it wasn't. We would tell them it was a campsite across from us and they didn't even go check on the other site. There was one point the host came and started walking around our stuff again and I told him we were leaving to leave us alone already and he got into his golf cart and sped off even though our kids were right there playing. Worst expierence we ever had, I had to explain to my young kids that some people just have hate in them if we don't look the same. Please don't waste your time on this place there are plenty of other beautiful campsites!

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