Wilderness Camping in and around ruidoso
Dispersed or "road-side" camping is allowed throughout the Lincoln National Forest. You may drive to park your RV no more than 300' from an open road designated for such use. Please check with one of our offices to obtain a free Motor Vehicle Use Map which details exactly what roads you are allowed to disperse camp along. Most roads, outside of US and State Highways are available for this use. Please be mindful that there are many private land inholdings within the Forest.
Areas for Dispersed Camping at Smokey Bear RD
The Smokey Bear Ranger District offers 1 reservation only group camping site (Sam Tobias Memorial Campground). This campground is designed from larger groups and as such the cost is proportional to the number of users. Please check with the Ranger Station or on this web site for specifics on group camping.
Areas for Group Camping at Smokey Bear RD
Using National Forest Developed Campgrounds:
We offer campground camping across the district to varying levels of development. Many are located in and around the Village of Ruidoso with a handful a bit further out. No electricity is available at any Lincoln National Forest Campground.