La Sombra

No short text A nice campground with a stream running through it. Of the three in Taos Canyon (the others are Capulin and Las Petacas), this one is the nicest. It is also the most heavily used.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Carson National Forest; Camino Real Ranger District
Official URL:Forest service campground web site
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Between Taos and Angel Fire
CG elevation: 7798ft; 2377m
Campsite count: 13. We counted 11; 13 is from the Forest service web site.
Visual density: 0.00. Visual density not recorded.
Fee: $5.00.
Season: May 01 to October 31. The actual season depends on funding and weather.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Unknown.
General tent notes: No pads, but several good tent places.
RV max length: 16ft; 5m
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? No.
General RV notes: The forest service recommends no trailers, and says not over 16 ft. This advice is probably because there is little space to turn around. I'd also not take a large RV in here.
Campground facilities: vault toilet(s), fire pit (with cooking grates).
Campground attractions: fishing, stream (Rio Fernando).

When we visited it:

Date: 2000-08-11
Cleanliness: 5.


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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, head towards Angel Fire on US 64. After about 8 miles (about 15 miles from the junction with NM 68), the campground will be on the south (right).
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About the campground:

Diana in campsite 7

This campground had several people staying for a week or more because it is a nice one. The campsites are shaded by large trees, making for a pleasant place to camp. The road is nearby, so road noise may be a problem.

To the right, Diana is reading a book in campsite 7.

A stream runs through the campground. To get to some of the campsites, you have to ford this stream.
The stream running through the campground
Campsite 12

Probably the nicest campsites are sites 1 and 12 (they are at either end). Site 10 has an apple tree growing at it. On 8/11/00, the apples were not yet ripe. Chokecherries are here as well; I did not check to see if they were ripe.

We also saw chipmunks and ground squirrels as we wandered the campground.

Plants we saw around the campground:

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