No short text The Mora campground is a very popular campground in a Ponderosa-Fir forest along nearly a mile of the Rio Pecos. Some sites are nice, but overall this campground shows the signs of its popularity in damaged picnic tables, litter, graffiti, etc. I recommend that you consider Jack's Creek, Cowles, Terrero, or Holy Ghost instead.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Gaining Access Into Nature (GAIN)
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
North of Pecos.
CG elevation: 7903ft; 2409m
Campsite count: 4. The number depends on the amount of creative parking you do and how close you are willing to be to your neighbor. Picnic tables are scattered around, but many people I saw camping were using their own tables. A 2004 informal survey found as many as 40 vehicles camping here on busy weekends.
Visual density: 0.00. visual density not recorded.
Fee: $5.00. The $5.00 is for five days. You can also pay $15 for a year. If you have a current hunting or fishing license, camping is free (you already paid for it). There is no on-site payment. You must purchase your permit ahead of time at any place that sells hunting/fishing licenses or you can pay an additional $4.95 and buy it online.
Season: April 01 to October 31.
Dogs: Yes. On leash?
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: No.
General tent notes: I do not think the campground is that good for tents, but I have seen people using them.
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? Unknown.
General notes: If you are a NM resident, contact your legislators and ask them to move this campground to the state parks (there was a memorial in 2010 suggesting doing this, but memorials are not binding on anybody). Changing it to a park would change how you pay, but it would probably be better cared for.
Campground facilities: vault toilet(s), fire pit (Some sites have grates for cooking, some are rings of stone.).
Campground attractions: fishing, river (The Rio Pecos and the Rio Mora join near the center of the campground.).

When we visited it:

Date: 2001-09-22
Cleanliness: 4. Beyond all the litter, there was graffiti on the toilets, and they were quite smelly.
General notes: This campground suffers from way too much use.


Waypoint Type Description
MORACGCampgroundMora Camground


Paper maps:
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 (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. About two miles past the general store and about 1.5 miles past the Terrero mine the camping starts and runs for about 0.9mi.

Note that the road from Pecos is narrow and it has many sharp turns. Expect to take a good part of an hour to get from Pecos to the campground.

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About the campground:

A campsite along the Rio Mora
Where you actually see the sign for the campground, a rough dirt road runs up along the Rio Mora to some of the nicer sites. To the left is a picture of our truck in one of them.
The Rio Mora is quite picturesque here, as evidenced by the photo to the right. This part of the river is near the campsite pictured above.
The Rio Mora at the Mora Campground
What an average campsite looks like
To the left, you can see an average site. This campsite is across NM 63 from the Rio Pecos.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Tue Aug 2 13:52:23 2005 David from Albuquerque, NM said:
I have camped at almost every site along the Pecos since 1971. Most trips have been pleasant except for the few people who seem to want to party and blare their boom boxes until late at night. Plan on arriving early for the premium sites as it does become crowded by late Fridays.

On Tue May 9 13:59:13 2006 Anonymous from abq.NM said:
I would pay $5 a nite if there was any kind of control of late nite partiers and upkeep of bathrooms and trash containers

On Thu May 25 17:06:27 2006 Jeff from Albuquerque said:
We spent two days at Mora Creek May 23 and 24, an area that I have spent a lot of time at since I was a small child. We spent 45 minutes picking up trash (beer cans and bottles, paper products, food containers. . .) when we arrived to make the site as picturesque as nature provided it. The toilet facilities have been used as trash bins and it doesn't appear that State Game and Fish is doing anything to improve this otherwise beautiful spot. The fishing was good (more trash in the creek), and the upper campground was very peaceful. Making this a fee area, I suppose, would go a long way toward keeping out the riff-raff and vandals. From the tagging on the outhouses, trees, picnic tables, and rocks, I learned "Veronica loves Miguel," "Panthers 2006 Rule," and a lot of foul language.

If you're willing to pick up after the people before you, this is a great spot.

On Mon Apr 30 14:48:36 2007 Knut from Santa Fe said:
Do not go unless heavily armed.

On Wed Jun 17 13:26:05 2009 BERNADETTE MOYA from Belen said:
this is my favorite. we go there all the time...I love the river and it is not too bad as far as partiers...we have been going there for years the Rangers are awesone. the grounds have been better taken care of than from past years...looking forward to another summer of fishing and exploring...heading up there this week 6/17/09

On Tue Jun 15 17:39:08 2010 desert rat from Albuquerque said:
What a dump! There are NO HOOKUPS in the Pecos wilderness, and the place is crawling with RV'ers. KEEP YOUR LAND BARGES HOME! Dispersed camping is out of control and the beautiful resource is being destroyed. Mora CG is just a dirt parking lot full of trash.

On Fri Aug 6 09:52:12 2010 Anonymous from Texas said:
It is such a sad sight to see how the site has changed over the years. My family has had a family tradition of camping in this area for over 50 years. My father, his brothers and one sister have hundreds of stories related to this area that we cherish and love to hear over and over again. The graffiti and the pollution has gotten out of hand. You can't even walk one step in any direction without stepping on some kind of litter. When I was a child in the 80's we could run the campgrounds barefoot without the worry of stepping on broken glass and now that I have my own children, I wouldn't dream of letting them run around in even so much as a flip flop on; they have to wear shoes. I know that my family would be willing and even proud to have to pay a camp fee just to be able to see the place where all our beloved family memories took place, cleaned up and restored back to it's original condition (graffiti and litter free). We went camping just this summer in July like we do every year and there was a fire ban. There were signs every where and yet there were still idiots starting fires! Obviously those people don't respect the area or the law and need to be ticketed or even arrested. And the sad part of that is that they were locals! I noticed someone complaining about R.V.ers and the people that were not following the laws about the fire ban were the people who were sleeping in tents! Fancy that!!! In all the years that I have been camping there, it is more often than not that the R.V.ers are the ones following the rules and keeping it clean. I know that there are some people who sleep in tents and can keep the area clean but just from my experience this is what I have noticed. I don't think that people who travel 5 hours to get to a camp site would go just to trash the place. It's the locals who go and don't care to clean house because they don't treasure what they have like those of us who don't have the privilege to see such natural beauty.

On Sat Apr 16 01:27:16 2016 Dominic from Albuquerque,NM said:
I used to work for NM Game and Fish in the late 80's. My duties included collecting a camping fee from people in the Mora campground and other State Game Commision sites throughout the Pecos area. I had not been back to the area until Sept. 2015. Complete shock and saddness is the only way to describe what I saw and felt. The place has turned into an overrun dump. Illegal fishing, trash and lack of respect for the Pecos area. It reminded me of an unkept trailer park in a border town. Very Sad. Please get some enforcement in there. On Thu Jan 26 10:07:13 2017 Steve from Little Rock, AR said:
I feel compelled to comment due to the negative comments of others. Mora is NOT what I would consider to be a nice campground. It is primitive. Bring your water. Vault toilets (2). No tent pads, fire rings, picnic tables, lantern posts, etc. It's a free place to camp for holders of a fishing license. We arrived Monday and stayed there all week. Several families in RVs and lots of other families visiting for daytime fishing. No loud campers during our week there (early August 2015). In fact, a very pleasant camping experience here. Mostly dirt everywhere. Lots of chipmunks!(!!!) The state stocks the Mora here and we witnessed them as they did it right at our campsight next to the river gage. Good fishing in the Pecos and Mora Rivers. Trail (gated old road) leads up the Mora to some nice fishing holes. Met some very nice folks here of all ages and from all over. Not very scenic, but plenty of trees and shade at the junction of 2 beautiful rivers.

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