No short text A nice campground in amongst Aspen and Fir. Most of the campsites here are across the stream from the road, reducing the road noise somewhat.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Carson National Forest; Camino Real Ranger District
Official URL:Forest service campground page
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
East of Taos
CG elevation: 7998ft; 2438m
Campsite count: 11.
Visual density: 2.33.
Fee: $5.00.
Season: May 01 to October 31. Season depends on weather.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes. The vault toilet claims to be accessible, but the 3-inch lip at the edge of the concrete would be challenging to negotiate in a wheelchair.
General tent notes: Some grassy areas for tents. Other sites have flat areas.
RV max length: 32ft; 10m
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? No.
General RV notes: Not a good RV campground, as the area for turning around is small.
General notes: A trail takes off from right before campsite 11. The forest service web site says that this is to "Ice Cave"---a waterfall over the rock ledge.

This campground has a lot of road noise 6am until midnight.

Campground facilities: trash can(s), vault toilet(s), fire pit.
Campground attractions: hiking (A short trail leads away from near campsite 11.), wildflowers, stream.

When we visited it:

Date: 2000-08-11 2011-08-06
Cleanliness: 7. 5. Large trash (beer bottles, etc) are common, with 1-5 per campsite.


Waypoint Type Description
CAPLCGCampgroundCapulin campground


Paper maps:
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
Taos BLM 1994 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, take US 64 towards Angel Fire. After 10-15 miles, the campground will be on the south side of the highway.
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About the campground:

Campsite 4

This campground has tall trees (Aspen, Fir, Cottonwoods), chokecherries (with berries 8/11/00), clematis, thimbleberry, and lots of wild roses. The tall trees provide lots of shade to many of the campsites.

The road is not far away, so road noise may be a problem.

Site 11, at the end of the campground appears to be the nicest. Site 8 is also nice. The photo here is of campsite 4.

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