|A pleasant campground in an open ponderosa pine forest. With access to trails, this campground would also make a nice base for day hikes or longer backpack trips. A small stream runs through the edge of the campground. This campground has many great tent sites, as well as some sites that work well for RVs. The altitude makes for a pleasant stay in the summer.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||9. Our campsite had only a few small pieces of litter, but some were broken glass. Overall, we only saw a couple of large pieces in the whole campground.|
|El Povenir CG||Campground||El Povenir Campground, near water pump|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|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:
From I-25 in Las Vegas, NM, take exit 345. We were northbound and set our odomoeter to 0.0 at the stop sign from the northbound side of the exit ramp. Head into Las Vegas (left if you are northbound) to the stop sign or stop light (it was under construction) at Grand Avenue. Turn right. Go to the stop light at Mills Avenue, 1.0 miles from the freeway. Turn left. At 2.5 miles from the freeway, turn right on Hot Springs Road. At 6.7 from the freeway, you pass through the town of Montezuma, where the Armand Hammer United World College is located. You can see the "castle" on the right. After Montezuma, the road becomes narrow and has lots of tight turns. Drive carefully; there are not always guardrails, and you will meet people coming the other way. Not all of them are driving safely. At 15.3 you come to a sign indicating Gallinas canyon is to the left and El Porvenir is to the right. Go right. The road ends in the campground at 17.4 miles from the freeway. In spite of this seemingly short distance, it will have taken you over half an hour to get here. Note that there are two signs for the campground. One near a parking area for the Hermit's Peak trailhead and one a little farther down the road that is more of a real campground entrance. In between is a turn-off for a church camp.
About the campground:
Campsite 10 is similar to most of the campsites that are open to RVs (as well as tent people). You can see that the campground has plenty of trees.
The most isolated campsites is located on the other side of this bridge.
This is the campsite on the other side of the bridge. You get to place your tent on a bed of ponderosa pine straw.
The tent-only campsites have plenty of flat places for pitching your tent.
This stream runs along the side of the campground.
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