South Fork Campground

 

Southfork Campground Map

A map of the general area showing loops and facilities at Southfork Campground.

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

One of the most popular camping sites on the Smokey Bear Ranger District. It has 60 Sites with a stay limit of 14 days. Fishing can be found nearby at Bonito Lake. Access to the White Mountain Wilderness Area can be found immediately at the south end of the Campground via the South Fork Trail (T19).  The early portion of this trail is moderately easy with the higher portions being difficult.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice due to damage from the Little Bear Fire. 
Operational Hours: Around the clock
Reservations:
Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $10 per night $10 per night for each additional vehicle.
Permit Info:
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days - RVs limited to 35' length
Closest Towns: Ruidoso, NM
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (6)
Passes:
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

Follow NM 48, 9 miles north from Ruidoso; turn west (left) and follow NM 37 for 1-1/2 miles, turn southwest (left) on Forest Road 107 (County Road C-009), continue for 5 miles. Pass Bonito Lake, turn left continuing straight for about 1 mile.


Parking:

There are two distinct parking areas at Southfork Campground.  One for the tent only camping area and one specifically for the Southfork Trailhead and access to this trail.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites60 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sites2 of 60

Hiking

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Picnicking

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Amenities

Camping trailer Yes
Toilets Yes
Accessible Yes
Picnic tables Yes
Fee charged for some activities Yes
Parking Yes
Tent camping Yes, with designated tent area
Drinking water Yes