Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $8.00
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 at Jemez Falls - USFS 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 at Jemez Falls - USFS 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 at Jemez Falls - USFS 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 at Jemez Falls - USFS 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 at Jemez Falls - USFS in a Travel Trailer.