|This is a tent-only campground high in the Aspen-Fir zone of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. It is flanked on both sides by streams. Some of the campsites are a nice distance from the highway, and probably have few problems with road noise at night.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
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|BTSQCG||Campground||Big Tesuque campground|
|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||from Amazon (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 Amazon (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||BLM||1996||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (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 Amazon (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:
About the campground:
The campsites are up one of the two trails near the streams. This campsite is up the left trail, which is also the Big Tesuque Trail No. 152. Near the campsites are large fields of thimbleberry, but I would not count on finding enough to put on your morning pancakes.
Both sides of the campground have a stream nearby. This photo is looking down the right stream. A trail heads up this stream also, but it is not signed and I could not find it on the topo map. Sometime when I have more time I will hike it to see where it goes.
If you look closely on the far right about 2/3 of the way up this photo, you can see part of a tent at the campsite closest to the road (it is easier to identify in the bigger version of this picture). You can also see the road through the trees in the far upper right portion of the photo.
While checking out the campground, we saw that the flowers were popular with the insect life, one example of which is here. This moth is a member of the genus Gnophaela, probably G. discreta, but it could also be G. vermiculata.
Thanks to Bruce Neville for the moth information.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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