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Camp Kerchunk ’24 : Registration Open

It’s time to start gearing up for Camp Kerchunk again; register for your spot today! We have once again booked all three groups sites at Luna Lake Campground, and are looking forward to seeing everyone there for another great weekend with all our friends from the air!

Camp Kerchunk 2024 (CK24) is from July 5th to July 8th, however, if you’d like to stay for the Fourth of July be sure to add the “Screaming Eagle Add-On” to your ticket! This will let you get checked in on July 3rd and stay at Group Site A. If there is enough interest, we will add on additional group sites for as needed. Alpine has lots of great 4th of July activities, including a parade and fireworks (if conditions allow).

General Info:

Where:Luna Lake Group Campground, group site area (we’ve reserved all of them) in Alpine, Arizona. Alpine is about 10 minutes past the Arizona/New Mexico border.
For Directions: Google Maps
For Event Information: Event Map
When:General Admission: Friday July 5th to Monday July 8th, 2023.
Screaming Eagle Add On: Wednesday July 3rd to Monday July 8th, 2023 (Group Site A), must be purchased in addition to General Admission
Check-in and Check-out time for all packages is at 2PM.
Weather:Hard to say for sure; but the average high temp during the day for June is around 77°F. Monsoons usually don’t quite make it in yet in June; however they could still occur – so plan accordingly.
Who:Anyone with an interest in the SWCRS who would like to hang out with a bunch of familiar voices (and faces) can attend.
Cost:$45 per family/party/spot, the screaming eagle add on is an extra $35. This is just to cover our costs of reserving the group sites, any leftover funds will be a 50/50 benefit between the SWCRS Arizona and New Mexico operation funds.
As this is in exchange for goods and/or services; the payment is not tax-deductible. You may cancel at any time up to 7 days in in advance for a refund.
Equipment:Motor homes, travel trailers and tents can all be accommodated. Per the USFS – the limitation on vehicle length is 99 feet…. so unless you’re taking your private Boeing 737 your stuff should fit. There are no hookups of any sorts for RV’s
Provisions:1. We’re only providing access to the camping spot; you are responsible for any other necessities you need, bring your own food, drinks, and camping equipment – vault toilets and water are available on site.
2. We’ll be organizing a few group events as well; you are not required to attend or participate in these – they’re just for a bit of fun.
Travel Time:From Tucson – about 4 hours and 30 minutes
From Albuquerque – about 3 hours and 45 minutes
Other Things:1. Attendance is solely at your own risk. In exchange for being permitted to attend in any capacity, we require all attendants sign liability waiver; we’ll get you squared away when you arrive on site and you can review a sample waiver in the registration form. If you are bringing any minors outside of your own family; their parents or guardians will need to provide a signed waiver.
2. Not the camping type? There are several hotels and motels located close by in the town of Alpine. See below.

What’s there to do?

Alpine itself is a small, pine forested town in Northeastern Arizona and is about 10 minutes away from camp. Services available include fuel and automotive repair, a small grocery store, a handful of restaurants and bars, a few bait and tackle shops, and a handful of outdoor recreational outfitters.

A few Local recreational activities include:

  • Off-Road Travel & Exploration
    • Three Forks
    • Black Canyon River
    • Really just go drive anywhere and take a fork off the main stretch and go get lost.
  • Hunting & Fishing
    • Luna Lake is within walking distance from camp and is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, and hosts a healthy dose of Crawdads / Crawfish if you’re so inclined.
    • Other lakes nearby: Hulsey Lake, Nutrioso Reservoir, Lake Sierra Blanca, Big Lake.
  • Hiking & Mountain Biking
    • A healthy dose of trails immediately near the campsite and throughout the area
  • Scenic Drives
    • US Highway 191 through Hannigan Meadows, be sure to stop by Blue Vista
    • US Highway 180 passes through Luna NM and provides many turnoffs and dirt roads to explore

Off-Site Lodging

If camping isn’t your thing, you might also consider the following overnight accommodations in the area, and attend during the day; if you are staying at one of these establishments there are no dues to attend, we just require a waiver.

Note: we cannot vouch for or endorse any of the above establishments; do your own research!