|A primitive campground with an amazing view of lakes and mountains. This campground gets far less use than Lower Lagunitas, even though a short trail connects the two.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||9. Only a couple of small pieces of litter in the whole campground.|
|General notes:||This campground was more-or-less empty while Lower Lagunitas campground was overly full.|
|UpperLagunitas||Campground||Upper Lagunitas campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||2002||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Canjilon-El Rito and Tres Piedras ranger districts portion|
|Chama||BLM||2001||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|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.|
|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:
The good news is that (at least when we visited), the route was well signed. From US 285 north of Tres Piedras, turn on forest road 87 right before San Antonio mountain (a large, extinct volcano). Stay on 87 for about 25 miles. Turn right on the road when the sign indicates Upper Lagunitas. Note that the road up to the campground can be rough requiring high clearance. When it is wet, the road gets very slippery and 4WD can be required.
About the campground:
You select this campground because you like solitude and great views. Here is Diana enjoying the view from one of the campsites. Through the trees, you can see to the Sangre de Cristo mountains as well as several of the closer mountains.
Here is another of the campsites. Note that several are along the ridge giving views of the lakes and the Lower Lagunitas campground.
And, here is the view down to one of the lakes and the Lower Lagunitas campground. Our truck is visible in this photo, if you know where to look.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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