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Rancho del Chaparral

Rancho del Chaparral: a Traditional Summer Camp

Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Rancho del Chaparral celebrated its 50thAnniverary in July 2019! Rancho is located outside of Cuba, NM in the Jemez Mountains in a forested area covered in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer on more than 1,100 acres. Girls will experience the beauty and wildlife as deer, elk, and a variety of native wildlife can be spotted near camp.

Housing units include platform tents, adirondacks, and hogans with cots or bunk beds with mattresses. Each unit has a pavilion or shelter for group activities, a campfire circle, and a wash area with sinks and latrines. Meals are served family style at Casa Grande Dining Hall.

Girls will explore Rancho’s creek and the Mystery Tree, visit the archery range, riding arena and tails, do arts & crafts, go on trail hikes, learn about natural sciences, cook over the campfire, and go overnight camping under the stars. Troops and families can also experience the adventure by attending one of our weekend camps with their girls or renting camp for an adventure of their own.

Rancho del Chaparral Overview

Below is an overview of programming and facilities at Rancho del Chaparral. Click this link to view a pdf of what Rancho has to offer. 


With over eleven hundred acres of vast meadows, tall pines, and a creek, Rancho del Chaparral offers a range of outdoor experiences.

  • Hiking: Miles of hiking offer access to sweeping vistas and forest discovery. Full trail maps are available from the camp ranger.
  • Archery Range: Targets and equipment are available for 4th grade campers and up.
  • Campfires: Beautifully situated just below Hoffman Hall, there is seating for 50 people a around a campfire circle. For a more intimate experience, gather around the fire circle in your outdoor unit.
  • Horseback Riding: With limited availability, your group can arrange to horseback ride through the camp’s miles of horse trails.

Facility Descriptions

Housing areas are divided into two main areas, Bosque and Prado. These two main areas are separated by forest area, an approximate 15 minute walk. Within each area, individual housing platforms / structures are grouped into small groups of 5-9 structures.

Bosque. Bosque is a platform tent camping area nestled within the ponderosa pine and gambrel oak. Bosque consists of 12’x24’ platform tents, fire circles, unit shelters for group gatherings, pit latrines, and hand washing stations. Bosque is divided into 5 areas, each having a unit shelter and fireplace, tables and benches, and electrical lighting. The Bosque shower house is a covered 8 head shower with semi-private showers. Maximum sleeping accommodations for Bosque is 132.

Prado. Prado is a mixed use, tree covered camping area consisting of three units and housing types. Each unit has it’s own pit latrines, hand washing stations, and enclosed unit shelters. Unit shelters consist of tables, benches, storage area, fireplace, and removable walls. The Prado shower house is a covered 8 head shower with semi-private showers. Maximum sleeping accommodations for Prado is 116.

Camp Site Fees

Rancho Camp Site Fees

  • Unit Capacity (the number of people allowed in a unit) is based on bed space and fire codes.
  • Weekend Rates: Friday night or Saturday night thru Sunday (the fee is the same for one night or all weekend).
  • Weekday Rates: per night for overnight reservations occurring Sunday night through Thursday night, or for full day use (over 4 hours) at camp.
  • Day Use fees are for visits of 4 hours or less. Day Use Participants joining a group, troop or encampment reserved areas for the day add $2.00 per person for additional participants of 10 or more at all facilities.
Camp Site Request Form

Download Rancho Camp Site Request Form 

Submit completed form and deposit ($20 per sleeping unit, $50 for dining hall, non-refundable after confirmation) either by email to [email protected], by fax to 505-343-1050, or with check/money order payable to Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and mail to: Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, 4000 Jefferson Plaza NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Phone: 505-343-1040.

Map of Rancho del Chaparral
RDC Trail Map 2018
Camping at Rancho del Chaparral

Welcome to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Rancho del Chaparral! Our camp property provides a breath-taking backdrop for your use. This guide will provide helpful information for your stay. 

Whether it’s your first time camping, or your hundred-and-first, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails can’t wait to make your camp experience a great one.