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


  • 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!"

  • 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!"

  • Brandon Simpson

    Assistant Site Manager


  • 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


  • Randy Waldon

    Construction/Maintenance Coordinator


  • Sarah Washington

    Office Assistant

    "We Joined the Sacramento staff in May of 2016, but it didn't take long for it to feel like home.  It is my hope and prayer that your time spent here is a blessing, is a refreshment, and that it feels like home to you too.  It is my firm belief that God uses camp ministry to further His Kingdom.  If you come for a week of summer camp, a weekend retreat, or a special event, God has brought you here for a reason."

  • 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

Kathie McElroy

Jim Miller - Treasurer

Kathy O'Connell

Randall Partin

Marc Ramage

Terry Schul - Chair Elect

Lance Wright