Caballo Lake State Park

Caballo Lake State Park

Caballo Lake State Park is a beautiful place to Camp in the Southern part of New Mexico. Just North of Las Cruses and South of Truth or Consequences this picturesque lake is a great spot to take in some R&R most of the year. The east side of the lake is flanked by the Caballo Mountains, and to the West just a short distance away is I-25 giving you easy access to the Interstate, without being a noisy burden.

Cabbalo Lake State Park

Caballo Lake State Park

Phone Number: (575) 743-3942

Elevation: 4,447

Lat/Long: 32.907712, -170.311307

Nearby Town: Arrey, NM. @4 miles


  • 170 developed Sites
  • Beach and Boat Camping
  • Restrooms with showers
  • Flush and Vault toilets

Date of Report

January 2019

Road Conditions:


The road leading to the campground is a well maintained asphalt road. Once inside the park all of the roads leading to the different campground drives are asphalt, and the circle drives that lead to the developed campsites are packed gravel all are in excellent condition. If you are camping in the primitive areas, the roads will be grated dirt roads, but likewise are in good condition. While there may be signs of wear after weather, the parks department does an excellent job of maintaining passable roads to the primitive camping area, so you should not have a problem reaching the sites in a normal car.

General Site information

Like any pay campground the accommodations at Caballo Lake State Parks developed campsites are fantastic. All of the roads are wide and make it easy to maneuver even large rigs, all of the sites are well spaced, flat and quite large. The restrooms facilities and shower areas are large, very clean and handicap accessible.

Restroom shelter at Caballo Lake State Park
Restroom shelter

If roughing it is not in your list of desired features, all standard utilities can be had for a reasonable price of course. The campground also has an RV dump station with fresh water spigot for campers using their rigs water and waste systems. Primitive campsites are in abundance, and a good majority of them either overlook the lake or are a short walk away from the shore.

Annual New Mexico State Parks Pass

Normally my content focuses on free camping, fortunately there are some pay programs that offer extraordinary value. The New Mexico State Parks pass is one of those exceptions. The base fee at the time of the writing of this article is $180 for NM. residents and $225 for out of state residents. This fee allows you to camp at New Mexico State Parks sites for 14 days,and use the facilities before you need to move on to a new location, which can either be in another NM. State park, or a nearby free campground.

Cost broken out per day if you used a New Mexico campground every day would be about $1.62 per day. Most people are not going to spend the entire year in these campgrounds, but the value for what you get makes it a very affordable addition to a nomads camping portfolio.

No Desire to Rough it?

If you are looking for electric hookups, and sewer there is a small additional fee per day for each service. The cost is a flat rate at the time of the writing of this article of $4 for each service, you know to make life a little more comfortable.

New Mexico & Texas Free Camping

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

– John Muir


The land of enchantment is poised to hold a sacred piece of your heart with its rugged mountain terrain and vast rolling deserts. Star gazers will appreciate the low population and large stretches of land between the big cities. Around each twist and turn in the road is a new fantastic place to get away from it all and get back to what’s important. When you have had your fill of the expanses of the desert you can head over to east Texas with the lure of long sandy beaches, the small islands on the intercoastal waterway, and warm winter nights. There is no shortage of nature to explore and enjoy in these two states. From the mountains and the second largest canyon in North America, to the ocean and back again this book will show you where to camp and recreate in New Mexico and Texas for free as well as some very affordable camping options.
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  • Links to all Public sites
  • Contact Numbers
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Where the closest groceries and gas are locate
  • Brief details specific to the site

The content in this guide is optimized for use on a phone or similar mobile device making it easy to travel with and difficult to forget at home.
104 Free camping spots and the information you need to find many more hidden gems.
26 State operated facilities that offer exceptional value for avid campers

New Mexico & Texas Free Camping Book – Map

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