Come to the mountain, let God refresh your soul!

Sacramento is a Christian Camp and Conference Center and has been in operation since 1931 as an outreach ministry of The United Methodist Church. We are in the Sacramento Mountains, surrounded by Lincoln National Forest, and are located about 30 miles southeast of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. We have affordable lodging and meal rates, which include the use of all indoor and outdoor facilities, equipment, staff support, and we can accommodate up to 400 people at one time.

 

We are open year-round, and enjoy temperate summers (days rarely above the 80s, and cool evenings), beautiful fall and spring seasons, and snowy winters. We welcome all who wish to visit us, and enjoy our mountaintop setting.  

OUR MISSION

In the spirit of Christian hospitality, Sacramento welcomes all who come to our mountaintop setting. We seek to encourage spiritual enrichment by offering each group and individual Christian acceptance, caring service, and opportunities for life transformation.

   

Come to the Mountain, and Let God Refresh Your Soul!  


"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23

Radical Hospitality.

That's the hallmark of the Sacramento experience. You'll notice it from the moment you step onto our 300+ acres. Every staff member you encounter is committed to meeting your every need, both physical and spiritual. Here are the people that make Sacramento a place where God can refresh your soul.

MEET OUR STAFF


  • Jeffrey Eigenmann

    Site Manager

    "Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.' and here at Sacramento we take this scripture to heart. It is my prayer that I may always be available to God as his hands and feet, serving wherever He may call.  I look forward to working with each of you personally to ensure that your stay with us is a special one. Nothing would make me happier than knowing you encounter God in a new way while enjoying his beautiful creation here at Sacramento.

  • Loraine Gardner

    Business Manager

    "I have been blessed to be a part of Sacramento. I worked for 3 years in the kitchen helping make your favorite meals. I moved into finance when that position became available in September 2011. It is a wonderful experience to be participating in this facet of ministry here at Sacramento. The Lord blesses us everyday that we get to serve Him in this beautiful mountain setting."

  • Derek Kellum

    Construction/Maintenance Coordinator

    "Several years ago we asked God to provide vision, direction, and also dreams for our family.  After hearing from him, my wife and I sat down and wrote out all that he had shown us.  Realistically, we believed it would take 15+ years for all of it to come to pass.  God had a different timeline.  One year later, he brought us here to Sacramento; bringing about all the dreams and vision he had placed within our hearts.  The saying is true about this camp, "Come to the mountain and let God refresh your soul."  Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

  • Heather Lewis

    Operations Coordinator

    "What a wonderful blessing it is to be working here at Sacramento! I grew up 23 miles from here in Pinon, NM. I started working here part-time a couple of years ago and became the Facilities Operations Coordinator in the summer of 2012 when that position became available. I LOVE working in such a wonderful place. Come on up to Sacramento, enjoy some great hospitality, and Let God Refresh Your Soul!" 

  • Bill McCuaig

    Executive Director

    "Since 1993 I have been blessed to be an Executive Director in Christian Camping.      In 2007, God led me back to Sacramento where my life was transformed as a youth attending summer camp. My passion is to see this place become the premier camp and conference center in the region, and that every person who comes to this mountain is blessed by the radical hospitality that we offer."

  • Cindy McCuaig

    Marketing/Guest Services/Donor Manager

    "I came to Sacramento in 2007 ---a rookie in the camping business, after a 20 year career in the Texas education system. I now enjoy a life in ministry with my husband, Bill. What an amazing opportunity God has given us to serve and work (and play) at Sacramento! Meeting so many wonderful people and watching them grow closer to Christ as they enjoy this beautiful mountain is truly a blessing. So come see us on the mountain and be blessed!"

  • Corrisa Olmstead

    Assistant Activities Coordinator / TREK Coordinator

    "My first summer working at Sacramento, I fell in love with Sacramento and what God was doing through the people here.  That summer, I knew the Lord was calling me to fulltime ministry, however it took time and persistence from God for me to make that move toward the calling He placed on my life.  Five years later, I am a part of this wonderful staff and ministry!  This is an amazing opportunity God has given me, meeting wonderful people and being able to make their time here joyful and fun.  What could be better!"

  • Brenna Parker

    Food Service Manager

    "I love to cook, and always have! Cooking has been my passion for many years, so come to Sacramento and enjoy the food. You won't be disappointed!"

  • Dana Schuff

    Office Assistant

    After a 35 year career in country radio, my husband and I retired to our cabin in Sacramento in 2014.  My husband died suddenly in 2016 and I prayed for God's help.  Psalm 119:105 says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path..." so I cried out to God, "If you will light the path, I will follow it!"  The next morning He led me here!  When I walked into the dining hall, I walked into a prayer circle and knew I had found a faith family.  This amazing place and its incredible staff have restored my joy.  Come visit us here on the mountain...I promise you joy.

  • Brandon Simpson

    Assistant Site Manager

    "God called my wife, Hillary, and I to be a part of this ministry after a 10 year dream we had of working in camping ministry.  During that time, He gave us 4 children!  He also gave us professional experience that we only now understand was preparation to come here and be a part of this ministry.  We are so thankful for His perfect timing.  We see our role here at Sacramento being one that serves, so that you can come and not worry about anything other than connecting with God.  Please let us know how we can further serve you while you are here."

  • Dena Stirling

    Food Service Coordinator

    "I joined the staff here at Sacramento in January 2011. I came from another camp and conference center where I started out in camp ministry in May 2007. I feel so blessed by the Lord that He called me into camping to serve Him. This was something I wished that I could do as a teenager at camp. I am so thankful those doors opened up for me to be a part of this ministry."

  • Rachel Tvede

    Equestrian Coordinator

    "Camping ministries have been impacting my life for over a decade.  I spent five summers as a camper then five summers in college working as a wrangler at the camp I went to as a teen.  After graduating from NMSU, I was unsure of where God was leading me.  After a year of waiting for His direction, I was given the opportunity to work here at Sacramento.  I am excited to continue working with horses and give guests the opportunity to fall in love with them the way I did." 

  • Randy Waldon

    Construction/Maintenance Coordinator

    "My wife Annamarie and I came to camp in 2017 with our three children. This is our fifth year living up here in the Sacramento area.  We came after semi-retiring from 20 years of running our own business.  I am licensed as a 'low voltage specialist' which means security, computers/networking, and home automation.  We homeschool our three children and have a small farm just 15 minutes from Sacramento.  We moved to camp to focus on family, and that is what the camp is all about.  I had prayed for direction in the next step of life and the answer was very clear and strong.  Sacramento camp is where I can best serve my family and community."

  • Solo Washington

    Activities Coordinator                                                                                             

    "My wife, Sarah, and I were asked to be a part of the Sacramento Camp Team in May of 2016 and have loved every minute of it!  We got married in 2014 and have worked at camps our entire relationship, enjoying life together engulfed in its culture.  When I'm not helping with ATVs, Challenge Course, Horseback, or Archery Tag here at Sacramento, I'm usually out exploring the mountains, woodworking, or watching a movie with Sarah.  It has been amazing seeing Christ work through Outdoor Activities!  We are blessed to be here and are excited to see people grow!"

  • Molly Williams

    Guest Services Coordinator

    "My husband, Chad, and I worked at Sacramento every summer during college and fell in love with this place. When this position opened up shortly after I graduated, I gladly accepted it. It is truly my dream job and I am constantly blessed to be able to serve God in this way. I can't wait to see where the Lord takes me as I work at Sacramento!"

85 YEARS OF CHANGED LIVES

Sacramento Camp and Conference Center has a rich history. In 1931, The New Mexico Conference of The United Methodist Church accepted 229 acres of land in the Sacramento Mountains to serve as an "assembly" location for youth...and Sacramento Methodist Assembly was born. Located 30 miles southeast of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Sacramento is nestled in the beautiful Lincoln National Forest. The land is a part of the homestead claim of Andre McDonald, filed July 1890, and purchased by Roy Calkins in 1928. 


There was so much water underneath the surface of the campus area that it was not suitable for farming. Mr. Calkins sold the Assembly part of the holding to the Chamber of Commerce of the cities of Southeastern New Mexico, who in turn offered the land to the New Mexico Conference. Lots were sold for $25 to various churches within The New Mexico Conference, and buildings were constructed. The idea of churches building cabins and owning them was in time abandoned and all the churches were requested to turn their property over to the assembly. In the beginning, gasoline lanterns were used for lighting. Then in 1935, an electric generator, which had been used in the Carlsbad Caverns was installed. It required a man on duty constantly each night to keep it running, and the lights would go out at frequent intervals.  In 1949, a road was built up the canyon and on top of the mountain in preparation for a water storage tank. During the winter of 1950, the first restrooms were built. From 1952 to 1954, the water tank was finally erected and water line was laid to service the camp with fresh water. 


In May, 1951, fire broke out in Hay Canyon and burned over 50,000 acres, but sparing the camp. Fire also broke out in 1956, started by a lightning storm 5 miles west of the camp, but stopping on the hill behind the chapel. Another, more recent and more devastating fire was that of April, 1974. As a result of mans' carelessness several miles west of Sacramento, high winds brought flames to the west side of camp where they jumped to the east side and continued their destructive path toward Weed, NM, again sparing the camp. The most recent fire was that of Spring 2000, where once again, the camp was spared from fire, but suffered destruction afterward from mud slides as a result of the loss of vegetation and above average summer rains. 


On average, Sacramento now welcomes to the mountain about 7000 people per year and 40,000 meals are served annually. Over the years Sacramento Camp and Conference Center has experienced years of prosperity as well as years of decline, but has always served as a place of fun, faith, and fellowship for all who choose to visit its mountaintop setting.

Our Board of Directors

Vernon Asbill - Chairperson

Bishop Earl Bledsoe

Christian Cramer

Reuben Galceran - Secretary

Gus Haddad - Past Chair

Scott Keener

Monty Leavell

Jim Maxon

Jim Miller - Treasurer

Kathy O'Connell

Randall Partin

Marc Ramage

Terry Schul - Chair Elect

Lance Wright