Located off the Sunspot Scenic By-Way, Upper Karr Campground is located just east of White Sands National Monument, which you should not skip over if you haven’t been. From there you may want to check out San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, a gem of wilderness where only the most badass animals that have mastered the scorching summers and freezing winters of desert living thrive.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
6 sites
Up to 200 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

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


Natural features you'll find at Upper Karr Recreation Area.

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Hipcamper Kate
Kate G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 13th, 2017

This campground is free! There are only 6 tables and vault toilets but the scenery is wonderful and you can't beat the location. It's very close to Cloudcroft so you can stock up on supplies or hit a restaurant if you don't want to cook. It's basically a big meadow with sites at the perimeter. There's an unsigned trail leading up into the trees that looks like it used to be a railroad bed.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 21st, 2017

There's a vault toilet, picnic tables and for rings. What more do you need? This no-fee campground is beautiful. There's an old railroad bed that makes a great hike right at the end of the parking area.

Hike the old railroad bed.
Hipcamper Colleen
Colleen M.
recommends this listing.
January 4th, 2019

This campground is free and not that far from the ranger station and Cloudcroft. There is 6 camping sites, but sometimes the locals (teenagers) will come during the weekend and make there own site deeper in the woods but close by so they may walk by your campground or accidentally into. There is a restroom that is often cleaned and has toilet paper. The cleaner will even take your trash for you. Easy access to the sites. They have fire rings and benches, but sometimes they will move them around. Best spot would be the site on the left side, on the top, close to the trees. You will have a little more privacy and easy access to firewood. Went there for my birthday with family and friends so plenty of room. One of my favorite spots :)

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Hipcamper Kate G.
recommends this listing.
May 13th, 2017
Lincoln National Forest
New Mexico
United States
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32.88° N, 105.78° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 6 Sites
(Up to 200 people per site)

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