Caballo Lake Primitive Camping

Almost a year ago, I read about Caballo Lake State Park on the Watson’s blog. At the time, I made a mental note to include it in our New Mexico itinerary.

This past Saturday when we arrived, my first thought was “What was I thinking? Why did Amanda like this place so much?!!” The main camping area isn’t very scenic and was pretty crowded.


I went back to her post and read that we needed to look for a dirt road near the boat ramp. For those of you coming after us, if you turn left at the boat ramp, you’ll see the sign for primitive camping. The sign is off to the side and its lack of visibility is probably why we’re camping alone.


For me, reading other people’s blog posts is an important part of researching a campground, though it can be hard to remember what I read where. That’s why we have the blog post feature on Campendium. If you’ve blogged about a campground please share it with us!

Thanks Amanda for reporting on the primitive camping at Caballo Lake, I bet most people who camp here don’t even realize it’s an option.

Dinner Last Night:
Baked Orzo in Easy Cream Sauce. I didn’t have broccoli on hand, but did have some spinach and tomatoes, so rather than make a salad, I served the pasta on a bed of raw spinach and topped with chopped tomatoes. It was cool how the sauce for this recipe thickened in the oven. Tasty too.

2015 Cost of Camping:
39 night paid camping
37 nights free camping
76 days this year
Total spent: $562
Daily average cost: $7.39

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  • Reply Amanda March 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    That spot looks familiar 🙂 We had a hard time finding the primitive camping at first too. We originally parked down by the boat ramp before spotting the sign. So glad we drove all the way out there because we had no neighbors all week. Enjoy!

    • Reply Leigh March 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      I was wondering if we were in exactly the same spot!

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