In late October this park was quiet, and its lake offered the best trout fishing I have seen in years. The hiking trails were easy, and beautiful fall colors were everywhere. It would be an ideal park for someone with a truck camper. If you are visiting with a travel trailer or motorhome it might not be a pleasant experience. Roads are quite bad with many potholes. If you are going up the "RV loop," be careful, as there are a couple spots where you could easily bottom out if too low off the ground. If the only pull through spot, at the end of the loop, is occupied you may have to back up to negotiate the curve to exit the camping loop. There are no showers or dump station. There is no internet, over the air television or telephone service. A map on the bulletin board shows the nearest cell phone service, 5 miles down the highway (which does work!). If you want a peaceful getaway without technology this is a great place to find it. One bonus surprise was that the 6 electric sites all had generous stacks of nice burning free firewood at the grills! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground is quite pretty, although there is more dirt and pine needles than grass. The sites are unlevel, and only five have electricity. There is very little privacy between them. The non-electric sites have more separation and privacy. There are no facilities other than pit toilets; the one in the electrical section was very smelly, but the one in the non-electric was nicer; those sites are only $10. Excellent hiking, and fishing for those who are interested. We would have preferred to stay in the San Antonio Creek Campground, but it was closed for maintenance. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are here in late spring, and it's anything but quiet on the weekends. Weekdays are silent, but weekends are wild here. The best sites are the no-hookup sites at the end of the campground. We have #11 and it's the best! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We found some of the cheapest diesel we have seen in quite a while at a Gas Station next to the Tribal Welcome Center on Hwy 4 coming in from Santa Ynez, it was $3.81 and regular was $3.31 a gal. Quiet State Park about 8 miles north of Jemez Springs to the turnoff (126) for Fenton Lake State Park. The road coming into the park is dirt with some pot holes. It’s about ¾ of a mile to the campground and you will pass the lakes day use area with parking and restrooms. Situated in a pine forest at an elevation of 7,900 ft. there are 6 electric/water sites in a wagon wheel configuration all facing towards the hub. It’s hello neighbor!!! with no privacy. The sites are fairly level in the hookup sites. No problems with the power and very good water pressure. This park is not big rig friendly but we were able to get in with our 38’…. but we did have to leave going back out the entrance to the campground. It’s a tight turn otherwise if you try to leave out the exit. It wasn’t a problem for us to get out. No cell or aircard signal here! We were able to get a satellite signal with our dome satellite which surprised us since we were in the trees. There’s a small lake (37 acres) for watching the wildlife, fishing/boating, picnics or just hanging out with a good book. There are more developed sites (37) without hookups down the road past the turn off for the hookup sites. Not all of the sites are level so bring blocks. We did see some nice campsites that were away from the rest giving you very good privacy. All of the sites have BBQ rings and tables with Loop C having water. There are NO shower facilities here... We enjoyed our stay and found the surrounding area to be very interesting with lots of things to explore. The town of Jemez Springs has a couple of restaurant/bars with outside dining. Numerous galleries with pottery, jewelry, Indian dolls etc. Side roads take you through some very beautiful areas. Great stay at the park and had fun exploring the area. Will probably be back again since we love New Mexico and spend lots of time traveling their roads. The normal rate for an electric site is $14.00 or $4.00 if you hold an annual camping pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This a wonderful place for camping while you enjoy the activities in the Jemez Mountains, such as fishing, hiking, and enjoying the hot springs. It's an easy hike to the waterfalls from here. The campground is large, with several loops of campsites. There is plenty of room to maneuver your rig. They are planning to upgrade some of the sites in 2013. Reserved sites are available.
Adminstrtor Note: This USFS area is temporarily closed. Check with the Ranger Office for updates. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Jemez Falls CG is a beautiful CG at 8100'. Surrounding forest was recently thinned out for safety, though it didn’t prevent a camper from setting fire to his site Memorial Day weekend during extreme drought conditions. The CG water supply was tested in early June, but produced only a trickle, and the water well will have to be re-drilled much lower into the water table ($$$). That probably won’t happen until 2012, so make sure that your water tank is FULL (thus a rating of 8, not 10). Vault toilets are new style, and well vented, but without water in CG, are rarely washed out. Cell phone service (Verizon) is spotty and depends on where you stand. Nearby Jemez Falls is a nice walk and picturesque, and McCauley warm springs is a good hike where you can soak your muscles for free. Toward the end of our 4-day stay (June 22-25, 2011), drought conditions caused the Forest Service to declare “no open flames” in CG, which meant fire pits, or exterior propane stoves and grills could not be used. CG is usually fairly quiet weekdays, but can fill up on weekends, especially holidays. We use a 45 watt solar panel kit to keep the TT battery charged while dry camping. NOTE - CG was temporarily closed during summer due to extreme drought and the Las Conchas wildfire. Call Jemez Ranger Station (575-829-3535) for latest conditions. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our rate of $5 was with the Golden Age Passport. We visited a week at Memorial Day. When almost everyone left on Monday, a VERY CARELESS CAMPER left his campfire going. We had to call in a 911 for fire equipment. The fire traveled fast and took 5 hours to contain. Please, campers, put water on your campfires!!! This is a typical forest service campground with pit toilets which weren't kept clean by campers or the host. On May 23 the water spigots weren't turned on yet. It was very noisy during the weekend but pleasantly quiet weekdays. There were some sites for our 40' motorhome. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of our favorites of all time. Well planned campground with great tree cover. Jemez Mtns are beautiful, and close by are such things as the East Fork, the Calderra, and our favorite, the Fish Hatchery with it's children's pond. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Jemez Falls is a Us Forest Service campground. The sites are first come, first served and vary in size from suitable for a pop-up trailer to easily capable of handling a large Class "A". Most are well shaded and well spaced. An on-site host is very helpful with site selection and area info. The hike to the actual falls is brief and enjoyable. Fresh water spigots are not threaded -- so come with fresh water tank full. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Redondo CG has deteriorated over the years, and could use a complete rebuild. The water system hasn't worked in years, so make sure your water tank is FULL. Vault toilets are very old and smelly. Many sites won't fit an RV. East side of CG okay for tents, not RVs. When I was here, there was no host, and pit toilets hadn't been serviced (no TP) in a while, fire pits were full of trash. CG is densely wooded, and really needs to be thinned out to be safer from wildfire. Usually very quiet during week, somewhat busy weekends, rarely full. No cell phone service, but is available across Hwy. NOTE - CG is temporarily closed due to extreme drought. Call Jemez Ranger Station (575-829-3535) for latest conditions. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.