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Camp under the stars and mesquites! If you’d like to spend more than just a day with us, we permit overnight camping. The Campgrounds, tucked in the mesquites in Posta Quemada canyon, were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps – CCC. These consist of two large areas—El Bosquecito and La Selvilla—and a number of smaller ones, totaling about 30 individual sites.

Camping is first-come, first-served. Most areas have tables and barbecue grills. Water and restrooms are available in El Bosquecito and La Selvilla. Note this is primitive dry camping—water and restrooms are limited, there is no electricity or RV hook-ups.

For the safety and security of the Park we lock the front gates at night. Please refer to the Park hours below before making your trip plans. For emergencies, there is a 911 phone located in the campgrounds near the “Y” intersection where the road branches to El Bosquecito and La Selvilla picnic areas.

Pets are always welcome and they must be leashed or confined at all times. Please help keep the Park clean and pickup after your animals.

Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am – no generators, music, or loud noises during this time.

Fires are allowed in barbecues and established fire rings only, if we are in a fire-safe condition. Signs will be posted if fires are prohibited. Note that the cutting of trees and branches in the Park is strictly prohibited. Please bring your own wood or charcoal.

Click here for current camping rates. Please check in and pay at the Cave Gift Shop before entering the camping area.


Picnic in our cool wooded picnic areas and spend a day in the Park with the family. Our picnic areas have been welcoming visitors since the 1930’s, when they were installed by the Civilian Conservation Corps – CCC. Located below Colossal Cave in a narrow, steep-walled riparian canyon, they include areas to suit almost any taste, from a number of one- or two-table spots to the larger El Bosquecito and La Selvilla picnic areas, which can accommodate up to 72 and 96 people respectively. All spots have picnic tables and most have barbecue grills. La Selvilla and El Bosquecito have restrooms and water.

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