Description

Make Smokey Bear proud and go camping at Monjeau Lookout in his home, the Lincoln National Forest. This famous landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built in 1936. Once you survive the adventurous and sometimes steep roads leading up to the site, pitch your tent, or park your trailer right on a piece of history and enjoy the scenery. The nearby hiking trails can help you explore the area even more.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Amenities
No picnic table
RV details
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Access type unknown, max length unknown
Surface type unknown, levelness unknown
No hookups

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Monjeau Lookout.

Beach
Cave
Desert
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
River, stream or ...
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff R.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2019

This is a really cool place to camp. Literally and figuratively. There are a handful of camp sites at the peak, and there is a single pit toilet. No water, electric or any amenities. You can relieve yourself in the toilet, and that is ALL you are allowed to leave behind. Everything else must be taken with you..

This site is at the peak, and sits below Sierra Blanca and between Sierra Blanca and Capitan mountains; therefore it is WINDY. During the day, it is a nice breeze that keeps you cool. At night, it gets quite cold. Whatever the weather is in Ruidoso or Alto, plan a good 10 degrees cooler, especially at night.

The trail out here is steep and washboard -- have the right kind of car!

Looking at Monjeau Peak from Skyline Campground (copyright Jeff Rauland)Watchtower with Sierra Blanca in the background - from Campsite.  (copyright Jeff Rauland)Monjeau LookoutRock outcropping and Sierra Blanca from the watchtower (copyright Jeff Rauland)
Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 20th, 2019

One addition to the description -- TENTS ONLY! Do not try to haul a camper up here, unless you have a 4x4 and offroad camper. You will get stuck. The roads are steep and gravel, with no guard rails. The parking lot is tight with little room to turn around.

Looking at Monjeau Peak from Skyline Campground (copyright Jeff Rauland)Watchtower with Sierra Blanca in the background - from Campsite.  (copyright Jeff Rauland)Monjeau LookoutRock outcropping and Sierra Blanca from the watchtower (copyright Jeff Rauland)
Park
Lincoln National Forest
State
New Mexico
Phone Number
575-434-7200
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.431° N, 105.732° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)
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