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Pines Campground

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Pines North Trail, Pines Trail, Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento District, Cloudcroft, Sacramento Mountains

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Lincoln National Forest has a seasonal campground that offers direct access to several miles of motorized trails. ATVs are permitted on the Pines Trail, which is only about one mile long. Motorcycles are permitted on the Pines North Trail, which is roughly two miles long but connects to additional forest service roads.

A popular hiking trail is available which offers scenic views of the Mexican Canyon Trestle and Tularosa Basin. To locate the trailhead just follow the ATV trail west about a half mile.

The Pines Campground offers 24 sites and can accommodate trailers up to 40’ long. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring. Drinking water is available but there is a small fee charged after using the first five gallons.

While not a major destination for ATVs, this would be a good camping spot for those bringing dual sport motorcyles.

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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state without an OHV registration program must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NC, NE, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA, WV)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasNot Recommended
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on the Pines Trail
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on the Pines Trail
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $28.00
RV: $28.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $10.00
Pines Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCloudcroft, NM
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Alamogordo, NM
1) Take US-82 East about 17 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto NM-244, continue .5 miles
3) Campground entrance is on the left (west).


Contact InfoLincoln National Forest - Sacramento District
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(575) 682-2551
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000



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Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8600 to 8800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineCloudcroft, NM
Diesel DieselCloudcroft, NM
Potable Water WaterOn Sitefirst five gallons free, $0.25 per additional gallon
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Sugar Pines RV Park (575) 682-3375
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Silver Campground - $5/use
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreCloudcroft, NM
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