Scorpion Campground - Upper

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Upper Scorpion Campground are the nearest campgrounds to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

The Gila River runs nearby the campgrounds and is home to an abundance of wildlife.  This is a good campground for tent and car camping.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 15 day stay limit at this campgound.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting and target shooting are prohibited.
Dogs on leash only.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM (1 hour drive)
Silver City, NM (2 hour drive)
Water: None - Water is available at the Visitor Center and the Cliff Dwellings
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information

General Notes:

The Gila River is within walking distance. 

Closest Stores:
Doc Campbells general store is about 4 miles south. Phones are available here. They also have gas, sell hunting & fishing licenses & sell grocery items. Hot springs showers are available for a fee.


There is a paved parking area adequate for trailers and RVs.


Located on NM Hwy 15; 1/4 mile from Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

There is a paved parking area for RVs.

Status: Open

Campground Camping

There are 10 developed sites available on a first come first serve basis.  Camping Gear must be carried from parking lot to campsite.

Fire InformationEach site has a fire ring/grill.
No. of Sites10
No. of Accessible sites0
Status: Open


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Camping trailer Paved parking area
Toilets Vault toilet (1) - No Showers
Picnic tables Each site
Parking Paved area
Tent camping 10 developed sites
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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