CAMPING IN THE LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST
Smokey Bear Ranger District - 575-257-4095
The Lincoln National Forest in the Smokey Bear and Sacramento districts includes over 700,000 acres of forest for outdoor recreation. There are a number of developed (or established) and dispersed campsites in these two areas. The following DEVELOPED CAMPSITES have fire rings and camp hosts:
South Fork Campground: Family camping at 7500 feet. Campground host between May 15 and Sept 15.
Some areas are closed due to the Little Bear Fire. The Bacca Campground on 380 toward Lincoln, 8 miles east of Capitan is open. All Capitan Mountains are open to dispersed camping and hiking.
South Fork Campground: Closed until further notice with significant fire damage. Family camping at 7500 feet. Campground host between May 15 and Sept 15.
Three Rivers Campground: Open. Lower elevation (6000') campground. Good winter camping, Open year round.
Cedar Creek Recreation Area: Open. Camping areas for group camping and a day-use picnic area. Reservations required. 575-257-4095
Oak Grove Camping Area: Open. Developed camping off of Highway 532. Not recommended for RV over 18 feet. Elevation 8400 feet. Open May 15 to September 15.
Monjeau Lookout Camping Area: Closed until further notice with significant fire damage. Developed tent camping at 9,500 feet. Campground typically hosts May 1 to November 1
Skyline Camping Area: Closed until further notice. Developed tent camping at 9,000 feet. Campground typically hosts from May1 to November 1
During high fire danger periods, the following DISBERSED CAMPSITES may have open flame restrictions in place and are always PACK-IT-IN, PACK-IT-OUT areas: