Climate & Conditions
Camp Eagle Wilderness is located in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Southern Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. For onsite Wilderness Courses and customized group Wilderness trips, we utilize the 2400 acres of Camp Eagle’s property, along with the Santa Fe National Forest and Pecos Wilderness area. Elevation can range from 7,200 to 13,100 ft. The air is generally dry and crisp but there can be a lot of variation of weather, even in the summer. Temperatures can range from 40’s overnight (depending upon elevation of campsite) to the 80’s mid-day. Because of these potential low temperatures at night, we do recommend a warmer sleeping bag (25-30 degree is optimal) while still being able to compress it so that it does not take up all the space in your pack. Rain comes and goes frequently in the summer, so a rain jacket is necessary and rain pants and well-worn waterproof footwear are preferable. Wool socks will be a must to keep your feet dry, especially when sleeping.
Along with the convenience for wet conditions, waterproof boots are the preferred footwear because of the ankle support – we will be hiking in rocky terrain. A note on footwear: please only bring boots/trail shoes that are broken in to your feet. This means shoes that you, personally, have put about 25 miles on them, not just shoes that you bought last week and wore a few times, or old borrowed hiking boots.
We are also in black bear country, so we will be taking precautions and educating participants on proper practices such as using bear boxes on our property, using bear hangs in the Forest and Wilderness area, and carrying bear spray on our hikes.