Lower Gallinas campground is situated in a tight little canyon and is easily accessed by New Mexico Highway 152.
It is approximately 35 miles east of Silver City within the Black Range Mountains. The campground is easily accessible in most weather conditions, by most vehicles. The campground is a popular site due to its seclusion and beautiful vegetation.
At a Glance
The Campground is open for the season
Lower Galinas Campground is open as of April 1, 2014
Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
There is no fee ($0.00) for this campground.
There is a 15 day stay limit.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting and shooting are prohibited.
Trailers are not recommended.
Good biking can be found in the vicinity, although no trails begin at this particular campground.
Camping & Cabins
There are 7 campsites. Camping during busy weekends can be a little cramped in this area. Visitors can expect other campers nearby.
The area is prone to flooding during heavy seasonal rains. Also, dead wood for burning is scarce. Visitors should bring their own firewood.
The area beyond the first water crossing at Lower Gallinas and the area across Upper Gallinas Campground will be temporarily closed to overnight use and motorized vehicles. Day use and foot traffic are welcomed. The upper portions of this watershed were severely burned during the Silver Fire in 2013. Although this area is healing, floodingcould occur. Therefore, restrictions on motorized use are being implemented and monitored to provide for public safety.
A few general stores are located in the Mimbres Valley, approximately 15 miles west of the campground along NM Hwy 152. Food, phone, and gasoline are available.
RV Camping Notes
RVs are not recommended in this area due to limited turning spots and road access.
No. of Sites
No. of Accessible sites
The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (trail no. 128) is located approximately five miles east of Lower Gallinas. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness
The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (trail #128) is located approximately five miles east of Lower Gallinas. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.
Horse Riding & Camping
While horses are permitted there are no horse facilities. Stock trailers are not recommended.
Wildlife abounds in this area of the Black Range. Visitors have the chance to see deer, elk, black bear, and many different species of birds.
Emory Pass Scenic Vista is located approximately 12 miles east of the campground and affords the visitor dramatic views of the middle Rio Grande Valley.