Things to Bring

New Mexico recreation areas, especially mountains, can be hot during the day and much colder at night, so bring layers. Wear whatever you are most comfortable in during the day and bring a warm jacket and pants for nights and mornings. If possible, use unscented products so they don’t attract animals or bugs, and to avoid causing a reaction to folks with a fragrance sensitivity/allergy.

We recommend the following equipment and clothing. REI also has great advice on how to go camping for beginners.

Remember: pack it in, pack it out; minimize
your impact; and leave no trace.


In addition to enough clothes for the number of days you are camping, we recommend bringing the following:

  • warm coat, sweater, or pullover
  • warm pants or thermal leggings
  • raincoat or poncho
  • warm hat / stocking cap
  • hiking socks
  • weather-appropriate shoes
  • sun hat / cap / sunglasses
  • bandana
  • any outfits and costume items you’d like to wear or share


  • MINIMUM 1 gallon of water per person per day. The site does not have any drinking water! If you are able to bring extra water for community use, that’s super helpful! Especially for helping put out the campfires at night.
  • enough food for the number of days you are attending
  • snacks
  • cooking gear: camp stove, matches, utensils, plates, a cup—anything you need to prepare the food you are bringing


  • personal toiletries (unscented & small containers)
  • sunscreen and sunglasses
  • small basic first aid kit/items (band-aids, antihistamine, and aspirin if needed, antiseptic wipes…)
  • towelettes or bath wipes, for cleaning up
  • lip balm
  • personal medications as needed
  • headlamp/small flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • portable phone charger if you’ll use your phone flashlight
  • bugs are not usually a problem, but you might want to consider bringing insect repellent


If you have your own equipment, we would recommend that you bring it, since it’s always nice to work with gear that you know. If you don’t have camping equipment, some folks may have gear available to lend. Use our forum to coordinate lending or borrowing camping gear with other queer campers.

  • tent/shelter with rainfly
  • sleeping bag or blankets
  • sleeping pad, cot, or other soft layer
  • groundsheet (optional: for sleeping outside your tent or using below your tent)

Places to acquire inexpensive gear:


  • hammock
  • string lights to decorate your campsite
  • canopy or shade structure
  • arts & crafts supplies
  • tabletop games, lawn games
  • food and snacks to share