The 800-acre Quemado Lake Recreation Area is located approximately 20 miles
south of Quemado. The recreation area includes the 131 acre manmade trout lake
with two ADA fishing piers, two boat ramps, seven developed campgrounds, one
primitive campground, and links to more than seven miles of hiking trails. The
lake is nestled between piñon-juniper woodlands and pine forests at an elevation
of 7860 feet. Quemado is stocked all with rainbow trout in
fall, winter and spring months. The lake offers year round
trout fishing and
warm water fishing for channel catfish and small mouth bass during the summer
months. Other lakes in the Gila National Forest are Snow Lake and Lake Roberts.
Campgrounds at Quemado Lake are available.
Juniper Campground open from May to October offers 18 RV spaces with water and
electrical hookups for $15/day and 18 single-family sites for $10/day. Pinon
Campground open from May to October offers 23 single-family sites for $6/day.
Reservations are taken for 2 group sites at Pinon for $35/day for a 30-person
site or $55/day for a 75-person site. Juniper and Pinon are open from May 1 to
September 30. Free primitive camping with vault toilets is available in the Cove
and El Caso Campgrounds. Boat use is restricted to oars or electric motors.
Quemado Lake Overlook Trail: The trail leads through stands of
ponderosa pines. The trail dead-ends at a rock outcrop overlooking the
lake. A bench along the trail is available for resting and lake
viewing. From the overlook, panoramic views of El Caso Peak, Castle
Rock, and Quemado Lake provide excellent photographic opportunities.
The trail connects to two additional trails that access El Caso
Lookout and Sawmill Canyon for extended hiking. Many birds inhabit the
From Quemado travel west on Hwy 60 for 0.5 mile. Turn south on Hwy 32
and travel 16 miles to Hwy 103.