camping in taos

The Town of Taos is happily surrounded by wilderness – including numerous camping opportunities of varying types. Taos weather is wonderfully wild at 7,000+ feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos Valley – but this means campers need to prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions including potential winds in the spring, “monsoon” rains in spring/summer, snow flurries through early June, and other challenging conditions – including lightning and potential lightning strikes. Cell service can also be limited in wilderness areas – if you camp in Taos, prepare for the unexpected and for a true “get-away” experience!

The Taos Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also has wilderness and camping offerings including those in the Pilar area along the Rio Grande (a BLM Rio Grande Visitor Center as also in this area) and north of Taos in the Wild Rivers Area (a Visitor Center is also located within Wild Rivers’ Area).

Carson National Forest:

Thousands of visitors to Carson National Forest have a tremendous impact on the land. It’s up to all of us to minimize our impact, to travel softly, leaving no trace of our visit so that future generations can enjoy the woods and mountains we all love.

You Don’t Have to Camp in a Campground
National Forests mean room to roam. You can camp anywhere in Carson National Forest.


Enchanted Circle Driving Tour

This National Forest Scenic Byway that circles around Wheeler Peek, is the most popular tour in the area.

Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance

September 5 – 7, 2019 The best of live folk and Americana music around performing all weekend in the heart of Taos.

The High Road between Taos and Santa Fe

This alternate route between Taos and Santa Fe offers awe-inspiring scenery and remote villages.

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