Soda Pocket campground in Sugarite Canyon State park is surrounded by wildflowers. This feature alone would make it a nice campground. However, it also has trails, an amphitheater with weekend events, and pleasantly-spaced campsites. As I type this in the campground, I have also seen several species of birds.
This campground contains trailheads for or is near the following hikes: Ponderosa Ridge, Deer Run, Grade Vista, Little Horse Mesa.Due to the 2011 fire, this campground is closed. You should check with the park before heading there if you intend on staying here.
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||9. Very clean toilets.|
|General notes:||A sign said that the water was turned off, but the hydrants must have been well-hidden. Checking at the visitor's center, we were told that it is not known when the water will be restored.|
|SODAPKTCG||Campground||Soda Pocket Campground|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|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:
Take exit 452 from I-25 in Raton. Head east on NM 72 for 3.5 miles; this is the junction with NM 526. Take NM 526 (go straight) for 1.7 miles to the park visitor center.
From the visitor center, continue 2.2 miles to the turnoff to the Soda Pocket campground. This road is steep; keep this in mind if you are in a heavy or underpowered vehicle. This did not prevent RVs (especially trailers) from making it. The campground is 1.5 miles up the road, and the road ends in the campground.
About the campground:
On the Friday of Labor Day weekend, I arrived at the wrong time to get any of the sites that have manufactured shade and rain protection. However, this site (24) has nice shade until afternoon. Plus, shade from trees has a nicer feel than artificial shade. Overall, I think that this is one of the nicer campsites in the campground.
Some of the sites might be considered "view sites", such as sites 9 and 10 pictured here.
Here you can see sites 6 and (part of) 7. Note the manufactured shade.
One of the most striking features of this campground is the profusion of wildflowers; they are most anywhere that is not mowed.
About half of the sites have these containers for storing food to keep it away from bears. If you have a tent, you really do not want to be storing the food in the open or in the tent with you. These containers give you another option. In site 3, someone left the doors open; maybe to show the bears that it was empty?
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