Camping at Sierra County’s Lakes, State Parks, and Wilderness Areas
Santa Fe – Due to the state’s ban on mass public gatherings in response to COVID-19, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is closing all New Mexico State Parks to overnight camping effective Friday, March 13.
Scheduled events during this time have also been canceled or postponed in the interest of public safety. All 35 State Parks will remain open for day use. The overnight camping ban will expire April 9 unless extended.
Visitors with overnight camping reservations will be issued a full refund.
Sierra County is home to three great state parks! The largest of the three is Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 5 miles north of Truth or Consequences. Caballo Lake State Park is 20-25 miles south of TorC / Elephant Butte. South of Caballo another 10 miles is Percha Dam State Park, one of Sierra County’s best birding spots. All three parks offer camping for tents and RVs.
Campsites on the beach are available on a first-come-first serve basis, but electrical sites at Desert Cove, Quail Run, Lions Beach and South Monticello may be reserved.
Other sites that can be reserved are Group Shelters at Dirt Dam, Ridge Road, and Hot Springs Landing.
Tent Campsites near T or C: Paseo del Rio campground (also known as Fish Hatchery Park) offers tent camp sites in a scenic area along the Rio Grande. Paseo del Rio is 3 miles from downtown Truth or Consequences, below Elephant Butte Dam.
The Gila Wilderness and Aldo Leopold Wilderness Areas are easily accessed via the roads to Hillsboro (152) and Chloride (52), respectively. High-clearance vehicles are recommended.
View a map of Sierra County (Wilderness areas are not marked on this map, but generally run north-to-south along the west edge of the county.)
Campsite locations and other information for these two wilderness areas can be found on the US Forest Service’s website.
Information may also be picked up at the Ranger District Office:
Black Range Ranger District
1804 North Date Street
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901