Three Rivers Lincoln National Forest Campground
|This campground is notable for the large trees which separate the various campsites and the spectacular vistas of Sierra Blanca and the Tularosa basin. Additionally, it is near the Three Rivers Petroglyph hike.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||8. Camp site cleanliness ranged from at least 100 small pieces of litter in one campsite to as few as three in another.|
|LNF3RIVCG||Campground||Three Rivers Lincoln National Forest campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts||US Forest Service||2003||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Smokey Bear Ranger Distict|
|Ruidoso||BLM||1985||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (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:
On US 54 between Carizozo and Tularosa, between mile posts 96 and 96 is a large sign indicating a turn to the east on Otero county road B030, also known as Three Rivers Road and forest road 579.
Continue past it, remaining on the main road. Signs point the way at every junction, but in general, you are always following the primary road. At 7.3 miles, you follow the sign and go right down a dip, across an arroyo, and the road becomes gravel. At 8.3 miles, another county road (Otero B035) takes off to the right. You do not want this road; instead, go straight, and a sign just past the cattle guard indicates that you are on the correct road.
12.6 miles from US 54, the road dead-ends in the campground.
Note that the speed limit on US 54 is 55mph. The highway patrol strictly enforce this limit; we often see people pulled over. Many (five or six on our last trip) damaged guardrails attest to the wisdom of the limit.
About the campground:
Here is an example showing the large trees (primarily aligator-bark juniper) separating the campsites. Most, but not all, of the campsites have these shade shelters.
Many of the sites are well-set up for tents, with smooth, level areas. This example is from campsite 4. The area is gravel, so you want to bring a ground cloth to protect your tent bottom.
Site 12 has the tent site up a couple of steps from the picnic area. You can see it to the right of the juniper behind the shade.
This campground is also the trailhead for forest trail 44 into the White Mountain Wilderness. People bring horses, and these corrals are available for them.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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