No short text The Terrero campground is right on the banks of the Pecos river. People who fish will appreciate this.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Gaining Access Into Nature (GAIN)
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Campsite count: 10. The actual count depends on how creative you are about parking and how close you are willing to be to your neighbor.
Visual density: 0.00. visual density not recorded. However, you can see the whole campground from any one place, so it is probably whatever the number of vehicles is.
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 November 30.
Dogs: Yes. on leash?
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: No. Given that this campground has almost no services, there is not much to be accessible.
General tent notes: No specific tent areas. I have seen people camping with tents here.
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? Unknown.
RV parking notes: RV max length unknown.
General notes: Some sites have picnic tables.

A gated cave is in the cliff.

The NM Department of Game and Fish cleaned and improved this campground in 2011.

Campground facilities: trash can(s), vault toilet(s) (New in 2011.).
Campground attractions: fishing, river (Rio Pecos).

When we visited it:

Date: 2001-09-22
Cleanliness: 8.


Waypoint Type Description
TRROCGCampgroundTerrero Campground


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 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. Right before you would cross the river, there is a sign pointing to the Holy Ghost campground. Take this road, and almost immediately, there is a turn-off to the right which leads to the campground.

Across the river is the Terrero General Store which offers showers for $5.00.

Note that the road from Pecos is narrow and it has many sharp turns. Expect to take at least half an hour to get from Pecos to the campground.

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About the campground:

Our truck in a campsite
To the left, you can see an average campsite. Between the truck and the cliff/hillside in the distance is the Rio Pecos. As you can see, it is quite close.
To the right you can see the Rio Pecos as it passes near the campground. This picture shows the river closer to the entrance to the campground than the other pictures (which do not really show the river at all).
The Rio Pecos as it passes the campsite
An overview of the campground
To the left is an overview of much of the campground. I took this picture from near the gated cave. Our truck is parked to the right, just outside of the frame.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Sun Jan 11 07:18:02 2004 james alexander from Somewhere said:
It was nice when the cave wasn't gated. You could explore for hours.

On Mon Feb 2 14:52:27 2009 Sarah from Rio Rancho, NM said:
We love the spot right after the 2nd bridge. Great access to the water. We watched several idiots on ATV's (no helmets) flip over a tough spot even for cars to go up. We went in Aug 08 and it was beautiful during the day, then the rain clouds would roll thru. It did hail like crazy for about 2 hours straight, then it was so cold. The people around where very nice. Alot of people give good fishing tips! The rangers where very friendly. We will be back there again this year!

On Thu Jan 26 09:55:44 2017 Steve from Little Rock, AR said:
The entire campground is in the open, though there are trees next to the Pecos River on the north end of the campground. A bit unclean, unkept in August 2015 so we decided to move on to Mora, which has many trees (though there was a much more substantial restroom facility here). This is a great campground for skygazing, with lots of open sky. Just across the river from Terrero General Store, which has food and camping and fishing supplies.

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