Scorpion Campground - Lower

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is an easily accessible campground between the Gila Visitors Center and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There are seven campsites just off the Hwy 15.  It is a good place 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.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting and target shooting is prohibited.
Dogs on leash only.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM  (1 hour drive)
Silver City, NM  (2 hour drive)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information


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

General Notes:

The Gila River is within walking distance.   Please help keep the area beautiful and pack out all trash.

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 available for a fee.


1/2 mile from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument off Hwy 15.

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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

There is a paved parking area suitable for RVs.  There is a dump station nearby.

Status: Open

Campground Camping

There are 7 developed sites each with picnic tables and fire rings/bbq grills.  Camping gear must be carried from vehicle to campsite.


Reservation InfoNo reservations.  First come, first served.
Fire InformationThere are fire rings/bbq grills at each site. 
No. of Sites7 developed sites
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 7 developed sites
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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