McMillan Campground

Area Status: Open

McMillan Campground is a great place for either a picnic or overnight camping.

McMillan Campground is in a riparian area surrounded by tall conifers. Since it is a small area it makes it more private for either a picnic or for camping. Cherry Creek runs in front of the campground and when it carries water makes a great splashing place for kids. This campground is cool in the summer time and very scenic in the fall. The dark green of the evergreens, golden aspen, rustic scrub oaks, coupled with the bright red of sumac vines make for wonderful fall colors.

At a Glance

Reservations:  First come, first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14 day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Permit Info: First-come/first-serve. All Gila National Forest Campgrounds have 14-day stay limit.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: OHV and ATVs are prohibited in the campground. Hunting and shooting are prohibited in the campground. Stock animals are not allowed in the immediate campground.
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM
Water: No Water
Restroom: 1 Vault Toilet (see below)
Information Center: Silver City Ranger District
Phone: (575) 388-8201

General Information


The campground is located fifteen miles north of Silver City right off of NM State Highway 15.

General Notes:

No wood available in the area. You will either have to bring wood from somewhere else or you can use charcoal or propane. It is possible that Cherry Creek, which runs in front of the campground, could get high water during periods of heavy rain.

Closest Stores:
Silver City is the closest town with all the amenities. There are several grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants available. The town is big enough to offer anything needed.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Tadpole Ridge Trail 232 and Signal Peak Trail 742 are two miles north of the campground. Both are great mountain biking trails.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Campground Camping

There are 3 tent sites available, each with picnic tables and fire rings/bbq grills.  Campground is mostly flat with some gentle sloping areas.


No. of Sites 3
No. of Accessible sites 0

Day Hiking

Tadpole Ridge Trail 232 and Signal Peak Trail 742 are two miles north of the campground.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult


Horse Riding

There are no horse facilities in campground, but stock trailers are permitted.

Status: Open

Viewing Wildlife

Spring brings the Red-faced Warblers. Other species you may spot include Flammulated Owl, Common Poorwill, Whippoorwill, Whitethroated Swift, Greater Pewee, Painted Redstart, Virginia's Warbler and Hespatic Tanger.


Status: Open

Viewing Plants

Habitat is deciduous and coniferous riparian woodland and ponderosa pine forest.

Status: Open

Viewing Scenery


Picnic tables: 3
Tent camping: 3 sites
Parking: Limited
Toilets: Vault toilet (1)
Accessible: Three metal campfire rings

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,967 Feet