Hey all, heading to Taos to ski a few days...need it to be done on the cheap. Does any one know of a good camping area (BLM/State park) that is close to the mountain that won't be closed/totally snowed in this time of year? A little drive is OK, would love it to be less than a half hour.
It's been a long time since I camped out there, but as I remember, there's a ton of BLM and Nation Forest land around that has free camping. There are a bunch of 4WD roads in the Carson NF. If you're cool with snowshoeing and digging out a parking spot, you can camp off the road that goes up to the ski area. I would call Taos Mountain Outfitters and Mud'n'Flood and ask them about where to go.
Also, if you don't feel like camping, my favorite hostel in the world is there: snowmansion.com/Lodging.html you can camp in the field behind the hostel for $18 per night, which includes the use of the kitchen and common areas.