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Free Dispersed Camping Near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Free Dispersed Camping Near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Coordinates: 36.5675062, -105.5225709

Main Attraction: Close proximity to Taos Ski Valley, hiking trails, and river

If you are looking for free boondocking campsites near Taos New Mexico, you are in luck! There is a plethora of awesome campsites in the Carson National Forest up highway 150 toward Taos Ski Valley.  These campsites are great for tent camping or car camping in Taos Ski Valley.


We counted 3 actual campgrounds that have picnic tables and pit toilets maintained by the forest service. They were all small, with only 4-5 campsites each, but there were plenty of additional campsites along the river just off the highway. We aren’t talking about just roadside pullouts, but actual campsites down by the river, hidden by the trees. They all have existing fire rings as well.

Camping Taos Ski Valley

This exact campsite that we stayed at was the perfect size for our Sprinter van and we parked between the trees right next to the river. While the campsite was right off the highway, there wasn’t much traffic so the noise was not noticeable. Besides, with the river flowing just outside the camper, it was perfect.  The map above shows our exact campsite.

Camping Taos Ski Valley

While there are plenty of campsites along this highway, none of them are suitable for large (30+ feet) Class A motorhomes. There was one roadside pullout that would have fit a 40 footer, but it was just a pullout, not a campsite, and it was not in a pretty or easily accessible area. There is also nowhere to turn around in something that large unless you go am the way to the ski resort. So, in all, we do not recommend taking anything over 30 feet. Anything over about 25 feet would be looking at mainly just roadside pullouts rather than the nice campsites.  

Toas Tent Camping

If you do visit this Taos campsite, let us know what you thought of it!


Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Stayed at this spot in June 2021 after seeing on this site. We made it to the last campsite in to the valley. Easy access - a few spots on each site but fairly spread out so it still felt private. GORGEOUS river. Very peaceful. Highly recommend.