Jack's Creek campground is high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, up in amongst the aspen and fir. It has lots of open space for children to run, along with wilderness access for hiking and backpacking. The campsites are a mixture of some in the sun (nicer for cooler weather) and shade (for the summer). In the fall, the aspen turning are beautiful. This campground also has some of the nicest views of the surrounding mountains of all the campgrounds in the area.
This campground has several double sites which would work well if you are camping with friends. Otherwise, the sites are nicely separated.
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||8.||9. Only small pieces of litter, and not lots.||9. The campsite had very few pieces of small litter, but a prior camper had left some large plastic litter in the fire pit. The toilets were clean and non-smelly. The unfortunately common problem of some guys being unable to hit the 1-ft diameter hole was in evidence though.|
|General notes:||Oddly, many people were driving through who did not appear to be camped here.||The flies were numerous, annoying, and occasionally biting. They showed up as soon as it warmed up in the morning, and left when the sun set or when it was windy enough.The campground filled up by 1pm on Friday. A couple of sites opened on Saturday, but they were filled by evening. The host said that all summer weekends were similar, but weekdays were nearly empty.An ice cream truck came through on Saturday. You have to move quickly to catch him though (we did).|
|JCCG||Campground||Jack's Creek 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:
From the town of Pecos, NM, take New Mexico 63 north. Cross the river near a sign pointing to the Holy Ghost campground (do not take the road to the Holy Ghost campground). Near the Terrero General Store (which offers showers for $5.00), the road makes a sharp right turn, but there is really no other place to go. At Cowles, you want to take forest road 555 (which is really a continuation of NM 63). Do not cross the river at Cowles. The road ends at the campground.
Note that the road from Pecos is narrow and it has many sharp turns. Expect to take at least an hour to get from Pecos to the campground.
About the campground:
To the left, you can see our truck parked in site 33. This campground is laid out in three parts. An upper and lower horse-free camp, as well as a horse camp with eight campsites and parking for the trailheads.
To the right, you can see Penitente Peak. I took this photo just above the turnoff for the lower camping loop (which you can see in the foreground).
To the left is Round Mountain and another of the campsites. This campsite is at the beginning of the upper loop.
This is one of several meadows in the campground. Note the profusion of wildflowers. It had rained a week or two before.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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