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part ofCarson National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 20 2015   Season Dates


There are two Agua Piedra Group Shelters that can be reserved adjacent to the Agua Piedra Campground.

The group shelters and adjacent campground are located along the Rio Pueblo River where visitors can fish, hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride from the group shelters and campground.

Natural Features:

The group shelters are located in a mixed forest of spruce, fir and aspen trees, which provide some shade throughout the day. At an altitude of 8,100 feet, temperatures cool off during even the summer nights.


Two trailheads begin in the area, including a novice trail that is entirely accessible. An intermediate and longer trail is also available for not only hiking, but also horseback riding and biking, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Visitors to the Agua Piedra Group Shelter can also enjoy fishing in the Rio Pueblo River, which is a tributary of the mighty Rio Grande. The river is stocked with rainbow trout and has an accessible fishing dock.

Hiking to Serpent Lake and Cordova Canyon, which are both within 7 miles of the group shelter, are also favorite activities for visitors. Also popular is further exploration of points of interest in the Pecos Wilderness, as well as within the Sangre De Cristos Mountains, the southernmost Rocky Mountain range.


Built in 2008, these accessible group shelters (A and B) are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The accessible group shelter "A" can accommodate up to 50 people for overnight camping. Group shelter "B" can accommodate up to 100 people for overnight camping.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Penasco is about 17 miles from the group shelter. It is a small town dotted with churches and very few services.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • River Access
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Backpacking
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood Vendor
Know Before You Go
  • The cost to reserve the shelter overnight varies with the number of occupants; $60 for up to 50 people, $85 for up to 75 people, and $110 a night for up to 100 people
  • This is an accessible facility, but anyone can reserve it.
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the area
  • Click here for more information on the Carson National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.13528, -105.52917
36°8'7"N, 105°31'45"W

From Las Vegas, New Mexico, take State Highway 518 approximately 51 miles to the Agua Piera Campground.

From Penasco, New Mexico, travel east on State Route 75 about 5 miles, to an intersection. Turn right, onto State Route 518 (unmarked) and continue about 7 miles to campground entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 68
Penasco  NM  87553

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)245-6521
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