Vista Linda

No short text Vista Linda is an open camprground right beside the Jemez River, making for excellent fishing access (even for people in wheelchairs).

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Santa Fe National Forest; Jemez Ranger District
Official URL:Forest service CG web page
Region: North-central; Jemez Mountains.
CG elevation: 5849ft; 1783m
Campsite count: 13.
Visual density: 0.00. Visual density not recorded.
Fee: $10.00.
Season: All year. The actual season depends on funding and weather. A campground host is there during the summer high season.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes. The forest service says, "Sites, trail access, and fishing pads are accessible to people with disabilities."
General tent notes: Some sites have tent locations.
RV max length: 39ft; 12m
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
General RV notes: No hookups.
General notes: The forest service says that fishing is best in winter.

Two miles south of the campground is a grocery story with telephone and fax services.

The campground is near the highway, so road noise might be a problem.

Sites 3 and 11 are double sites.

Campground facilities: water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s), cooking grill, tent pads (in some campsites), reservation sites (1-800-283-CAMP).
Campground attractions: wildflowers, fishing, swimming, scenery, river, year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2003-07-20
Cleanliness: 8.


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Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Albuquerque New Mexico USGS 1983 1:100000 Y from (free)
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.
Los Alamos BLM 2003 1:100000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe National Forest US Forest Service 2004 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) West half
Valles Caldera Map and Geologic History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera Kirt Kempter and Dick Huelster 2007 1:76875 Y from Amazon (purchase) Great map of the Valles Caldera area, including part of the national forest surrounding it.
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 exit 242 on I-25, heast northwest on US 550 toward Cuba. After about 23 miles, you will turn right in San Ysidro onto NM 4 torward Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs. Head north for about 13 miles, and the campground will be on your left.
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About the campground:

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The campground is fairly open, as you can see here. This means it will be sunny and could be hot in the summer. However, the sun will be an asset in the winter.
because of the summer sun issues, some of the campsites have these shelters. You can also see a tent pad beside this structure.
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Some of the campsites, such as site 3 shown here, are double sites. We like these sites when we are camping with friends.
This small dam creates a pond-like area. You can also see the edge of the handicapped fishing pad on the left side of the picture.
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Plants we saw around the campground:

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