Iron Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
Iron Creek Campground

Iron Creek Campground is easily accessible for campers and provides good facilities

Located in the Black Range Mountains off NM State Highway 152, starting at San Lorenzo and ending in Hillsboro. This is a mountain road with beautiful scenic sites at every curve. Watch for rocks on the road.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come first serve.  All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
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 14-day stay limit. OHV/ATVs are prohibited in the campground. Hunting and shooting are prohibited in the campground. Stock is not allowed in the immediate campground.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM
Water: No potable water
Restroom: 2 Vault toilets
Information Center: Silver City Ranger District
Phone: (575) 388-8201

General Information

General Notes:

It is recommended that visitors bring their own firewood.

The watersheds above the campground were severely burned during the Silver Fire in 2013. Please be aware that flooding could occur during rain storms.

Closest Stores:
Mimbres has a store, gas station and several restaurants. The nearest town for all other amenities is Silver City.


The campground is located east of Silver City in the Black Range Mountains on the south side of New Mexico Highway 152, between mile markers 28 and 29.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Good mountain biking trails can be found in the vicinity, although no trails begin at this particular campground.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Campground Camping

There are 12 sites available on a first come, first served basis. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring/bbq grill. The campground is on a gently sloping hill and gradually gets steeper. There is plenty of room between sites.

No. of Sites 12
Status: Open

RV Camping

RVs are welcomed, but the spaces cannot accomodate RVs over 17 feet and there are no hookups.

Status: Open

Day Hiking

The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (Trail #128) is one-half mile west of Iron Creek campground. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult


The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (Trail #128) is one-half mile west of Iron Creek campground. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Horses are permitted but there are no corrals or watering troughs.

Status: Open

Viewing Wildlife

This area offers good woodland birding including whippoorwill, Cordilleran flycatcher, Grace's warbler, Painted redstart, Northern Pygmy-Owl and Spotted Owl. The habitat is mixed deciduous and coniferous forest.

Status: Open

Viewing Scenery

Emory Pass Scenic Vista is located approximately 8 miles east of the campground and affords the visitor dramatic views of the middle Rio Grande Valley.

Status: Open


Camping trailer: Over 17 feet not recommended
Picnic tables: Each site
Tent camping: 12 sites
Toilets: Vault toilet (2) - No Showers

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7200 Feet