2022 Campouts Postponed Due to Fire Restrictions

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.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

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.

Volunteers Needed!

Many hands make light work! Check the info about volunteering, learn more about the teams and roles, and sign up for volunteer shifts. We have so many volunteer spots left, so if you sign up early, you’ll get your pick of a shift that works just for you!

Work shifts run from 1-3 hours and are a great way to meet other campers, enjoy the space, and find out about all the fun activities going on over the weekend.

<3 We can’t wait to camp with you, queers!

Volunteers needed!

General Registration NOW OPEN for Queer Campout in Tijeras on May 20-23

We would love for you to join us for a weekend of fun, camping, community, and nature!

We are doing a tiered registration process:

  • Early registration for BIPOC, Trans feminine/Trans women, and folx with disabilities/disabled folx: Sunday, March 20 to Saturday, April 2nd
  • General registration: Sunday, April 3rd to Friday, May 6
  • Registration closes at the end of day Friday, May 6

This tiered registration allows us to make Queer Campout more accessible to queer folx for whom camping is often inaccessible.

All Queer campers who want to join us for Queer Campout, click here to register!

2022 Campout Dates Announced!

May 20-23 and July 8-11

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August ‘21 Queer Campout Report

Thank you for making Queer Campout such a great success this year! We want to share the feedback we got from the Sunday morning planning session (8/15) and post-event survey. Here’s what we learned…

What went well

The majority of folks shared that the main motivation in coming to Queer Campout was to connect with other queer folks…and we feel like this was a success! Folks had the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.

For us organizers, having folks pre-register was a huge help, as was having volunteers sign up in advance. We’ll definitely do that again for future campouts.

The gate greeters were a huge success! Folks felt welcomed and that helped set the tone for the weekend.

The community fire we had on Saturday night was a hit as well. We may start doing one on Friday as well. 

Campsites were left in great shape! Y’all did an excellent job disposing of trash and taking all your stuff with you. We didn’t have a lost and found box to bring back with us.

No one had an encounter with the mamma bear and cub that were reported to be in the area—phew!

The weather was beautiful! 

Folks enjoyed the privacy of the campground and being surrounded by trees (though more shade would be nice.)

Your donations helped cover the cost of this event and then some! We have enough left over to buy some much-needed equipment and to cover the campground rental fee for the next event. 

What we can improve or do more of

Folks felt that 4-hour work shifts were way too long, and we agree! In the future, work shifts will be 1-2 hours long, and for some positions we’ll have two folks working together. We’ll also have thorough descriptions of what each position entails, what tasks need to get done when (e.g. we need someone to safely store away the shared food in the Community Pavilion every night).

We had a ton of leftover firewood, and shared food and water. None of it went to waste though! The food and water were donated to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and the firewood was left behind for the next group of campers. Nonetheless, we’ll try to coordinate so that we have fewer leftovers at the next event.

We’ll adjust the quiet hours so that folks in Rowdy Town can stay up making noise later, and sleep in the next morning.

Several folks asked for more structured activities planned ahead of time to provide opportunities for folks to meet and interact with each other. Some proposed ideas include hikes, potlucks, yoga, and specific get-to-know-you activities; as well as ways to integrate folks who may be camping alone, are shy, introverted, new to queer community or camping, etc.

We’ll be better prepared for handling emergencies—we’ll develop a plan for what to do in different severity scenarios, from minor scrapes to major injuries, and how to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife. 

We want to find ways to streamline the registration process—how do we make it easy and accessible while also thorough and secure?

Now that we’re more used to living in a pandemic, we’ll be better able to begin organizing earlier and more efficiently (with a shared calendar, leadership roles and assignments, etc.)

Thank you for making August ‘21 Queer Campout a success!

Queer Campout is postponed to 2021

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, we are postponing Queer Campout to 2021.

We remain excited to host you next year and will get back to you with more information. Receiving announcements by email is the best way to stay in the loop. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list.

We look forward to camping with you next year. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Second Planning Meeting for Queer Campout 2020!

Planning Meeting for the August 2020 Queer Campout! Want to help make this awesome event happen? If you’d like to be involved in any part of organizing, this meeting is the place to come do that. Come talk about it!

When: July 12, 2020 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tf–trjgvGNGGHn8Yb-5ekFzkDrb7nAiO

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.