|A campground right on the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge. Watch the sun set on the Taos mountains, then go to sleep to the sound of the rapids 800 ft below. Wake up and watch the sun descend into the canyon, then descend into the gorge yourself on the Cebolla Mesa trail.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||7. Most sites were clean, but two had beer cans and one had a half-full disposable propane bottle.|
|General notes:||On Labor Day weekend, we saw one couple who came to hike. Otherwise we had the campground to ourselves.|
|CEBOLLACG||Campground||Carson National Forest Cebolla Mesa campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carson National Forest||US Forest Service||2002||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Camino Real and Questa ranger districts and Valle Vidal Unit side of the map|
|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.|
|Wheeler Peak||BLM||2001||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:
From Taos, head north on NM 522 (this highway starts out as US 64, but on the north edge of Taos, 64 goes left and 522 continues north). Between mile markers 15 and 16 you will see a sign about Forest Road 9 and Cebolla Mesa. Take Forest road 9 west (left) abour 4 miles. The road goes to the campground and a rougher road continues past it.This is the view as you approach the campground.
There is no sign along the road to indicate you have arrived.
When we visited, the road had ruts indicating that it becomes slick and muddy when wet.
About the campground:
The easternmost campsite has its table away from the parking area. It would be a good tent location. This site is isolated from the other sites.
This is the sunset view.
The westernmost campsite is on a point of land, with the gorge on one side and a smaller canyon on the other.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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