Hipcamp host Landon D.,
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 E<< named "#1 campground in NM" by Hipcamp and Forbes 3 years in a row! 

Nestled in the Carson National Forest, starting at 9000ft in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains lies the Enchanted Circle Campground, aka, E<<



 E<< named "#1 campground in NM" by Hipcamp and Forbes 3 years in a row! 

Nestled in the Carson National Forest, starting at 9000ft in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains lies the Enchanted Circle Campground, aka, E<<.  E<< is an exclusive, totally unique, primitive, and private campground that generally has open campsites during our short camping season of May 10th through October 31st.  E<< was very lucky, and proud to be Voted "2nd Best Campground in New Mexico" in 2019,  and humbled to be officially named "1st Best Campground in NM for 2020, 2021, and now 2022!" by both Forbes and Hipcamp 

Sorry for the small novel you are about to read, but it is important and worth it, or we wouldn't have spent the time typing it or this sentence.

There are 7 Private campsites.    

Site 1: This is our smallest campsite. It overlooks the valley and the ponds. It is most often the favorite due to the exceptional views overlooking the water. It is not large enough for any camper larger than 14ft due to the trees on the teardrop-shaped drive.  Only pop-ups, class A and teardrops are allowed here. It is best served as a tent site. It is also located closest to the ranch house about 300 yards from the house. It is really best for any group smaller than 8, or people wanting to be remote without being "out there".

Site 2: is located in the middle of the ranch. It is one of our larger spots and is perfect for everyone. It overlooks the valley and has 2 fire pits and hammocks. A great site for more than one trailer or RV. It is also easily accessible and could easily fit 3 45ft RV's with space to spare, or 3 different families and their tents.

Site 3: is the most remote. It sits on top of a pretty large cliff system that the Ute Indians actually lived in. It has some of the most remote views and is by far the most private site. This is Landon's favorite site. It does now have its own porta-potty as well to save that pesky walk in the morning. It is on top of a 45 ft cliff though and is not the best fit for groups with small children. *TRAILERS CANNOT GET TO SITE 3*, due to very tight turns, and trees.  Do not be surprised by this.  This is a tent site or class A only! We will turn you around and send you to the Monte Verde RV Park.

Site 4. Known as the "Aspens," this spot is great for larger groups. It is the furthest spot from the gate. It is nestled in the middle of a valley full of Aspens. There are giant fire pits, a Charcoal grill, pergolas, 3 Hammocks, 4 Log Benches, and plenty of space to explore. This is our most reviewed and requested site.  

Site 5. It is the flattest spot on the entire ranch, and one of the easiest to access. This spot is our original stargazer site. It has the biggest views and is the most open site at E<<. There are large ponderosa pine trees, but it is mainly the sky that attracted us to build this site. This site was intended for large RVs and motorhomes larger than 34 ft, but if it is available, feel free to book it whether or not you are in a tent or RV, especially if stars are your thing. This applies to all sites, If available and you can fit, book it.  We are first come first serve with our reservations. 

Site 6 was also built for larger RVs or larger groups with multiple tents. This site could easily fit 10 tents. It is also very accessible to motorhomes and large units We have had 4 RVs on this site at once. It is a mix of all of the environments we have here, with big skies, big trees, big views, and great privacy. We built this site to accommodate the whole tribe. Come one, Come all!

Site 7 is our latest addition to the E<< experiences. This site is the very first site you come to once on the Ranch. It is built like sites 5 and 6, with large groups and RVs/motorhomes in mind. It is not limited though and is available to all. It is very large, perched on top of a hill that overlooks the entire valley. This is our very best stargazer/sunrise/sunset site. It is capable of fitting 3 or 4 large RVs and is a great location for larger groups. It is closest to the highway, but it is still a few hundred yards uphill and behind trees, and very rarely will you see or hear traffic. The view of Wheeler Peak and the monster fire pit totally make up for it. A few seasoned E<< vets have dubbed it the 'Best Spot', we honestly still can't decide though... They are each so unique and present a different experience overall. We encourage you to try them all! 

We recently finished a two lane, 3D Archery Range.  There are also 2 Ranging Bales. We are excited to add this for all of you archery fans and welcome you to use it during your stay. There are rules posted at the beginning of the course for safety, i.e. Only one shooter per lane, at a time. This allows for 3 Archers to shoot safely, at the same time. The Archery Range is located past Site 5, along the back ridge of the property. Follow the signs and be SAFE!  We are not liable for any accidents and your use of the range is your acknowledgment/consent/release of liability for E<<, the Ranch, and all individuals associated with us. Use at your own risk.

This brings us to BB guns and other rifles/guns/pistols/shotguns.  They are just not allowed to be shot in the campground, unfortunately.  We welcome you to go to the State land, or off of the Ranch and shoot all you would like.  But, For the safety of our campers/kiddos/pets/birdhouses and our trash cans........  We simply cannot and will not allow firearms to be shot in the campground.  Now, You are absolutely allowed to have any and all firearms or defensive weapons you feel good using here on site, to protect yourselves from critters or who knows what.  We support your right and encourage you to do so.  But absolutely no target practice.

***Update***  We are building a bathhouse!!! It will be ready hopefully in the 2022 Season!!!  

Kids are people too - Please include all people when booking your site. 

At E<<, you are surrounded by trees and wildlife no matter which site you choose.  

We have also added handwashing stations and Antibacterial hand soap at each site. We also sanitize the campsites after each checkout to ensure all of our guests' safety to the best of our abilities and above CDC standards. Numerous man-made and animal trails wander their way through the ponderosa pine forest, with many more hiking opportunities within a short drive. The Ranch has both long and short nature hikes that allow for views of local flora, fauna, and wheeler peak.  We have too many to count, primitive and natural mountain bike trails, and many more to discover or trail blaze.   We recently were blessed by the Texas Trail tamers and the Texas Trail Association.  They visited and loved it so much that they volunteered to build us an awesome trail.  And boy did they.  It is 3.7 miles long and average of 7% grade and shows off some of our secret places only a few knew about.  It is marked by flags currently and starts between sites 5 and 7.  Feel free to explore, and kick any branches on the ground out of the trail : ) 

E<< has 7 natural (underground) springs that run year-round.  3 spring-fed ponds, 2 of which are stocked with rainbow trout as well as native brown trout, and crawfish.  The natives are very picky eaters and require more patience than I usually have.  Many of our campers seem to have what it takes as they are caught often, but the rainbows bite on a few different things, you just have to find the right one, and then it's game on.  We do stock the ponds at the beginning of the season each year.  You can keep what you catch, up to 2, per person, per day.  You are also more than welcome to catch and release as often as you like. Please be gentle when releasing the fish, or if they are not going to make it, please cook them.  If you are here for a fishing trip, the surrounding lakes and rivers I personally enjoy fishing more, due to the amount of action you will encounter.  But, if you are just looking for a few nice trout for dinner, we are a good spot to cast your line. 

We have just about every terrain here as well, from prairie and marshland to cliffs and mountainous forests.  The weather can be unpredictable at times, and as we do not control the weather, we ask that you understand that we do not refund due to inclement weather either... We have a little over 900 feet of elevation change on the ranch as well.  We have had campers deal with altitude sickness in the past, and have found the cans of oxygen sold at the grocery stores and all the other shops around AF are very very effective.  Also, our altitude creates a micro-climate here.  It is always cold at night.  Always.  Just plan for it, and if it turns out to be warmer, lucky you.  Otherwise, you WILL be cold at night... this is hands down what we hear most often from our guests. 

We have numerous species of wildlife that called the ranch home before we did.  We have elk, mule deer, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, rams, prairie dogs, beaver, bears, eagles, hawks, owls, lynx, sasquatch ; ) and the occasional mountain lion.  There are countless other species of birds here as well. We also have our horses, goats, pigs, and chickens free-roaming within the fenced ranch.  The critters that call our ranch home, are all very very well fed.  We have never had any issues with any of our Domestic or Farm animals involving the other Residents of the Ranch.  The abundance of deer, rabbits, and prairie dogs makes it a safe space for everyone else.  Just practice safe camping.  Lock up your food at night.  Take your trash to the Dumpsters before dark.  And if you see a critter that scares you, get big, get loud, and back away slowly.  Never Run.  We have had bear visitors to trash cans and coolers left out overnight.  Don't be scared, Just be smart and aware of your surroundings.

 It is really important to leave all objects you find on the land where you found them (bones, things at the sweat lodge, etc) this is sacred land and we all need to respect that.  We are just the temporary stewards of this amazing place, and really want generations to experience it as they have before we were blessed to be a small part of this Ranch we call home.

Our Ranch can accommodate individuals, families, 4-legged family members, and both large and small groups.  We have hosted a few absolutely amazing weddings, small church groups, and Veteran Retreat groups.  We have plans and are working toward building this ranch to serve as a retreat center for any and all Veteran programs nationwide to utilize, to relieve some of the burdens they face in providing facilities for these amazing programs.  We are not a retreat program ourselves.  Just a safe environment for our Heroes to get some R&R in whatever program they may find themselves in.  So if you are or know of a retreat that could use a place, reach out to us, that is what we are here for.  We love to support Veterans, LEO, and Emergency Services.  We are Veteran owned and operated.  We will cover one night, for up to 4 campers, for any of those very much appreciated professionals. Please just email us a picture of your redacted DD214 or VA ID, Active Duty ID, or any ID that verifies your status to receive this discount. We use to do this on the honor system... but It is a crazy world and you wouldn't believe some people.  We hope you understand and we thank you for your Service.

The biggest draw to E<< besides E<< itself, is its proximity to Angel Fire and the Mountain Bike and Ski Resort. Located less than 5 minutes from Town.  There is plenty of exploring to do both on the ranch, in town, and on the famous Enchanted Circle.  Angel Fire has an amazing network of small business owners.  Intent on ensuring the visitors to our Enchanted Circle have an experience worth coming back for.  No matter what your favorite outdoor activities are, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, trailblazing, golfing, or chillaxing. Angel Fire has something for you.  

Nancy Burch's Horse tours and sleigh rides are an unforgettable way to see Angel Fire's natural beauty.  With a cup of Just Joe's hand-roasted blend of liquid awesomeness and a famous Angel Fire sunrise or sunset, the term "another day in paradise" actually just about covers it.  We have a local grocery store that has everything you may need, in stock.  A life-changing Food Truck called "Jeanette's" next to the farmers market in town that you really should add to your bucket list.  I told you so.   And so so much more to explore and discover on your own.  We don't want to spoil all of the surprises.  But, you won't forget us.

We are also located within 15 minutes of 3 State Parks, too many great fishing lakes to count, the world-famous Coyote creek which we are the actual headwaters for, and for all of you fly fishers out there hunting for the super rare Gila trout, we are about as close as you can get.  Red River is also less than an hour from here and the brewery there is one of our all-time favorites.  They also have all kinds of ATV and Jeep rentals and some of the coolest stores in northern NM.  Come check it out!  We might just be your new favorite secret spot.  

And just in case you love us, we could really use reviews on Facebook and Google.  Thanks again and look forward to seeing you here at E<<

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
7 sites
Up to 24 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
4WD Recommended
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 45 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Wifi available
Bins available
No showers
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Landon a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Plenty of trails and runs for Extreme and beginner Bikers. These are un-maintained and natural wilderness trails.


2 private fishing ponds stocked with crawfish, rainbow and native brown trout.


Numerous marked and unmarked Hiking trails. Free roam hiking is encouraged as well. There is still so much we haven't disco...Read more

Horseback riding

Stables and Corral Available. Horses on our ranch are unbroken, very friendly and love to be pet. You must bring your own to ...Read more


In any of the 2 lakes. Monte Verde Lake, and Eagle Nest Lake are just short drives away.

Off-roading (OHV)

Bring your own ATV's or side by sides. Trails are primitive but free roam is ok as long as it isn't destructive.

Snow sports

Show-showing and cross country skiing for the brave


In our private ponds

Wildlife watching

The Ranch has Turkeys, Mule Deer, Elk, Mountain Lions, Black Bears, Prairie Dogs, Eagles, Hawks, Horses, coyotes, and numerous ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Enchanted Circle Campground (E<<) in New Mexico.


2 private ponds that are stocked with Rainbow Trout and Native Brown Trout

River, stream, or creek

3 natural ground fed springs that run year round.

Swimming hole

We have a lake we use for swimming and fishing. It is 10ft deep at its deepest point.


3 natural ground springs that run yearround converge to our wetlands. This was the first potato farm in NM and supplied potato...Read more


We have pigs, goats and horses.


We are a functioning ranch. Occassionally we do need to run some of our equipment and make other noises that bang. We apologiz...Read more


The Driveway is Pretty Rough. We have a Dirt Road for about 3 miles on the ranch. It leads to most everywhere. It can be pre...Read more


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Hipcamper Kristin
Kristin O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6 "The Pines")
October 25th, 2022

Wonderful, private campsite! It was fun to see the animals on the property and the ponds were beautiful. Thank you!

Hipcamper ILya
I Lya K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 "The Aspens")
October 23rd, 2022

The campground we were in was just beautiful. In addition to that, it was nicely secluded. None of the other spots on the property are within earshot, so you pretty much end getting a significant area to yourself. We pulled up with a couple of campers and really enjoyed the experience. Kids had a blast.

Hipcamper MaryBeth
Mary Beth M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 "Lake View")
October 17th, 2022

I love this spot!

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Hipcamper James
James F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 "The Aspens")
October 16th, 2022

Enchanted Circle Campground is a great place to camp if you like peace and quiet. The sites are pretty large and spread out from each other. The sites are set up great with large fire pits, large benches, charcoal grills, grilling utensils, and more. The sites also have a trash can at the site along with solar lights. The locations are just beautiful and highlight the best of Northern New Mexico. This is our third time staying and will be staying again next season. Thanks Landon for making your beautiful home available for others.

Hipcamper Matt
Matt W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5 "The Star Gazer")
October 16th, 2022

Second stay at ECC was just as great as the first. Huge sites, lots of privacy, beautiful property, kind owners. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Dustin
Dustin B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2 "Valley View")
October 9th, 2022

Picturesque spot. We couldn’t have asked for better. We had 7 kids and 4 adults at camp. The kids roamed about all over the property and had a big time. The campsite was well developed and everything we needed.

Nice reflection of the aspens off the trout pond.Gorgeous landscape. Aspens we’re turning.  Wildflowers still in bloom.Campsite 2.  Fire rings were well made but we always bring the Solo Stove.On a hike to explore the other campsites and the rest of the property.
Hipcamper Kim

Best campground for kids and animal

Kim S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 "The Aspens")
October 9th, 2022

Excellent trip as always. ECC is wonderful and The Aspens (site 4) campsite is my favorite. It was perfect timing for the leaves changing colors. Hosts are always great, we will be back again next year.

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Hipcamper Jazzmin


Jazzmin R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 "The Cliffs")
October 4th, 2022

This is a magical place, it goves the feel of being secluded in the mountains with the amenities of a campsite. Its quite and gives the opportunity for walking, the ponds are so pretty and horses are friendly!

Hipcamper Dave
Dave M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5 "The Star Gazer")
October 3rd, 2022

Everything was great. Beautiful surroundings. Privacy, Wildlife, stars, campfire, very nice.


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