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Paliza Campground sits beneath sandstone cliffs on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The area is replete with culture, offering visitors a glimpse into the past. Ample recreation opportunities exist at or near the campground, which makes it a wonderful outdoor destination.


Facilities

The campground offers a variety of sites available for tent and RV camping. The majority of the sites are single-family occupancy, but the campground also has double and even triple-sized units, as well as a group site that can accommodate up to 100 people. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic tables, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are accessible vault toilets and drinking water. Roads within the campground are native dirt-surfaced.

Nearby attractions

The campground is located five miles northeast of the town of Ponderosa, New Mexico, an area known for its vineyards and winery with a tasting room. The Jemez Pueblo and the Walatowa Visitor Center, both of which provide rewarding cultural experiences, are just 11 miles from the campground in the town of Jemez. The quaint community offers shopping and dining opportunities, as well as a variety of recreational opportunities.

Natural feaures

The newly refurbished campground sits in a forested area at the top of a hill with views of the Jemez Valley below. It was originally the site of a 1930s Civilian Convservation Corps base camp. Remnants of that camp, including log lean-to's and adirondack shelters with rock fireplaces, can be found within the campground. A small stream runs alongside the campground and sandstone cliffs on the nearby mesas provide excellent photographic and sightseeing opportunities. A small tract of private land is located north of the campground and common courtesy is appreciated.

Recreation

Hiking, wildlife viewing and scenic drives are some of the popular activities enjoyed near the campground. Striking views of an ancient volcanic crater amid the rolling hills, can be seen from the Cerro Pelado Scenic Overlook, about 11 miles from the campground. Off-road vehicle trails and numerous hiking and mountain biking trails surround the campground.


Driving directions to Paliza Campground

From the town of Ponderosa, New Mexico, travel 5 miles northeast on Forest Road 10 to the campground.

Location and contact info

Unnamed Road, NM 87025

For campground inquires, please call:

Paliza Campground details

  • Checkin time: 0:00 AM
  • Checkout time: 0:00 AM
  • Max num of people: 6
  • Max num of vehicles: 2
  • Max vehicle length: 18
Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

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Activities at Paliza Campground

Historic & cultural site

Camping

Hiking

Wildlife viewing

Biking

Day use area


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