Brazos Overlook, an unofficial campsite

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Another day, another vista!

I was planning to go further, but figured the Brazos overlook could be the best view of the day, so why not camp here? It’s an unofficial campsite, but I think this’ll do… #justfine


View from the Brazos overlook
View toward the Brazos cliffs from my unofficial camping spot

If you’re in northern New Mexico, the northern drive across the Carson National Forest on highway 64 is gorgeous!!

It’s a high-altitude drive, with pine and fir forests interspersed with brilliant green valleys that look incredibly peaceful. The sight of these idyllic spots makes me think for a moment of living out here in this remote spot, surrounded by this beauty every day…

(After a minute, I come to my senses and realize that it would drive me bonkers to live in one spot for long, even if it’s this beautiful, but the fantasy still runs through my mind.) 😉

Anyway, I was driving this route through the forest heading west, and passed this particular point. It’s near the high point of the highway (a little over 10K ft elevation), just west of where it exits the national forest lands. There’s a view of the Brazos cliffs, and you can see the town of Tierra Amarilla far below.

Staying at the Brazos Overlook

This is really a picnic area and scenic overlook, but there are no signs posted forbidding parking overnight. There’s a ton of space, and I even saw a truck towing a sailboat, an unexpected sight way up here! There were quite a few people stopping for a photo op during the day, but at night, I had the place to myself. 🙂


Brazos Overlook – Highway overlook, picnic spot
Unofficial campsite. There are picnic tables, shade structures, and garbage collection. No bathrooms, water, or other facilities. No cell service (T-Mobile).

Rating: 3***
Altitude: 10,007 ft
GPS: 36.72361, -106.35652
Price: Free


Questions? Comments?

Have you driven this way, or camped anywhere in the area? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so please share in the Reply section below. Thanks!

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PHOTO CREDITS: Deanna Keahey


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