Queer Campout is in the Jemez mountains from May 19th–22nd. Want to join us? We’re trying out a few new things! Find the link to register below.
The May Campout Will Be 18+
One of our values at QCO is creating an inclusive space. That means providing necessary support and resources within our capacity to those that attend. We’ve realized that making QCO a genuinely family-friendly event requires us to have a Family Coordinator and a team of folks who are willing and able to create a space for children to be entertained and cared for during the campout. We don’t have enough capacity to coordinate this for the May campout. Please let us know if you want to make this happen for the September campout in Tijeras!
Registration Is Open!
April 3: Registration opens for QTBIPOC, trans fem/women, and disabled folks
April 17: General registration opens—all queers can register!
We’re so excited to receive our first grant ever! QCO co-founder León was one of the Summer 2022 recipients of the Reclaiming the Outdoors grant. These funds will allow us to compensate a small team of queer folks with marginalized identities to help us lead the growth and direction of Queer Campout NM, purchase camping equipment to loan folks who otherwise cannot afford it, and pay for website hosting and other ongoing expenses.
Reclamation Ventures is a venture studio and fund that invents and invests in companies building a better future for all of us. Each quarter, they grant $50,000 in non-equity, direct support funds to under-represented leaders making wellness more accessible. A million thanks to Reclamation Ventures and their fantastic founder, Nicole Cardoza!
We will be camping near Los Alamos, about 1 hour from Santa Fe, and 2 hours from Albuquerque. The campground is not wheelchair accessible, but it is fairly accessible otherwise: the parking lot is right next to the campsites, the community pavilion, and the restrooms.
Need to Know
Sites are tent-only, but car camping is possible in the parking area
We need all the parking spaces available, so there will be no RV camping (pop-up trailers count as recreational vehicles)
Parking is limited, so carpooling is highly encouraged! use the forum to coordinate ride shares
We will be able to have a campfire!
Picnic shelter (which will serve as the Community Pavilion)
Three vault toilets (with no running water)
Firewood is available for sale ($1 per stick)
Bearproof food & scented items storage lockers
Bearproof trash bins (recycling must be taken back to the city)
We want to make QCO accessible to everybody so we look for campgrounds that offer wheelchair accessibility, and we were excited to find an accessible campground near Taos for the August campout. Unfortunately, we recently learned that the Forest Service is still doing logging and fire prevention work in many campgrounds, including the one we had rented.
The good news is that we have a backup reservation for a different group campground near Los Alamos. However, while the campground is on flat land, it is not listed as wheelchair accessible. We have a visit to that site planned for Saturday, July 30, so we can provide more detailed information, including wheelchair access and car camping availability.
The current plan is as follows:
We are moving forward with QCO for August 26-29
We are keeping both campground reservations
If by August 16 the accessible site near Taos is not open yet, we will officially move QCO to the “backup” site near Los Alamos
We sincerely appreciate your continued patience as we adapt to these unforeseen circumstances. If you need to cancel your registration at any point, please use this form.
* If you need help loading/unloading your gear or setting up your campsite, there will be folks ready to help.
Tier 1 prioritizes queer folks who are Black/Indigenous/People of Color, Trans women and Trans femmes, and/or folks with disabilities (those who registered for the May campout as well as the general queer public).
We will be camping near Taos in a beautiful, secluded campground with a large meadow and ponderosa pine trees.
Please ensure everyone over 18 registers individually, even if you are camping together.
We are excited to announce the new dates for Queer Campout! We have reserved a campground near Ranchos de Taos for the weekend of August 26th through the 29th. Due to the site change, we have reduced capacity for 100 campers. To accommodate for this limitation, here is how registration is going to work:
Sunday, July 17
Registration opens to BIPOC, Trans women/femmes, and folks with disabilities (folks who registered for the May campout and the general queer public)
Sunday, July 24
Registration opens to everyone else who registered for the May campout
Sunday, July 31
Registration opens to everyone (if there is still room)
Friday, August 12
Registration closes at 8 PM MT (no exceptions)
The link to the registration form will be sent by email and posted here on our website on the day registration opens.
With heavy hearts, the Queer Campout organizing team announces that the May and July campouts are postponed.
We received information this afternoon that due to the extreme risk of fires, all state forest land in New Mexico is closed to recreational camping until December 2022, or until the restrictions are revoked. We have looked at alternatives to relocate Queer Campout to another site, and met to discuss our best plan of action moving forward. In our commitment to being responsible stewards of the land, we’ve decided that our most ethical and safe option is to find alternatives to camping at this time, and we look forward to rescheduling Queer Campout when it becomes feasible.
We have sent out an email to everyone who registered with more details about events and logistics around this cancellation. If you didn’t receive it, please contact us.
Based on recent wildfire activity and persistent severe fire weather conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions have been implemented. Unfortunately, this means we will be unable to have campfires at the May campout (and possibly in July). Campers may use stoves, grills, and lanterns fueled by propane or other liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels that meet manufacturer’s safety specifications.
Stage 2 fire restrictions are a proactive way to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, protect natural and cultural resources, and enhance public and firefighter safety.