Surrounded by lofty peaks, Cabresto Lake Campground overlooks the 15-acre lake from a level ridge at the trailhead of a four mile path to Heart Lake. This is one of the few places in the entire state of New Mexico where you can catch brook trout. The lake also makes enjoyable recreation for canoers or other small non-motorized boats.
Campsite area
Tent sites
9 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Cabresto Lake Campground.

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Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan L.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2020

This is a beautiful and peaceful campground with many solid camp spots. Getting there is VERY challenging unless you have an AWD and high suspension vehicle. Driving up the hill is on a road not suitable for passenger vehicles and is like driving through a very rough empty river bed. We made it in our AWD Mazda CX5 but it was sketchy and we almost turned around for how rough it was. Plan on driving 2-5MPH and being very cautious unless you are in a truck or jeep.

Once you get to the campgrounds there is a decent parking lot, bathroom, and beautiful scenery. Each campsite has a fire pit and some have picnic tables. If you prefer a more secluded spot, hike around the area and you might find some.

Scenery is gorgeous. Well worth it!

Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler H.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2018

Get chilly starting in early October. This is a very picturesque campsite. Had a blast up here. Bmvery quiet and low traffic.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah E.
recommends this listing.
September 30th, 2017

Getting up there is a little iffy, but totally worth it!

Hipcamper Amber
Amber H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 25th, 2017

It's a bumpy ride to this campground-I wouldn't recommend it for vehicles that are not 4wd. We camped in one of the designated camp sites, although there are apparently hike-in sites here too. It's a popular place for fishing-lots of peeps coming and going. It's a gorgeous lake to wake up to in the morning. There was one single vault toilet in the parking lot and no water other than the lake. We feel like we got the best site-to the left and on a little hill right before the day use parking lot. 4x4 made it a breeze to drive up to. We were glad we picked up a tarp in red River (great little camp store there), because it rained all evening. We took a nice walk around the lake in the morning. Popular and beautiful.

Hipcamper Taylor R.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2018
Hipcamper Amber H.
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2017
Carson National Forest
New Mexico
United States
Phone Number
(575) 758-6200
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36.748° N, 105.498° W
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Tent Only: 9 Sites
(Up to people per site)