Little Walnut-Gomez Peak Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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Please NOTE:  Water is not available at the group or family picnic areas at Little Walnut.
Located just outside Silver City, the Little Walnut-Gomez Peak picnic grounds provide a pleasant day use area for small or large groups and individuals/families. The area is generally open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset during spring, summer and fall; winter hours vary according to weather conditions.
The Silver City Ranger District offers three reservable large group picnic areas within the Gomez Peak – Little Walnut day use area, as well as individual picnic sites. All areas have vault toilets, picnic grills, and tables. In addition, the largest area also offers added amenities of a covered shelter, volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.
For all areas within the Gomez Peak – Little Walnut day use areas, no firewood is available and overnight camping is prohibited. For group sites, rentals must be paid at time of reservation and rental fee is non-refundable. 
For information on the picnic areas, see: Little Walnut (East, West, Individual/Family) or Gomez Peak Large Group Area.
For reservations, please contact the Silver City Ranger District at 575-388-8201.
From Silver City, travel north on U.S. Hwy 180 and turn on Little Walnut Creek Road and traverse approximately 6 miles.  When the road curves to the west there will be signs for the picnic and day use areas.  
Photo of sign at Little Walnut/Gomez Peak Photo of picnic area at Little Walnut East photo of picnic area at Little Walnut west

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservations are available on
Operational Hours:  As of 10/25 this area will be observing winter hours from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reservations:  Reservations are available on
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees No fee for individual use picnic grounds or trails. Three reservable large group sites are available for a fee: Gomez Peak $40/day, Little Walnut East $25/day, Little Walnut West $20/day
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns:  Silver City, NM
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilets throughout grounds



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Fee charged for some activities Group picnic areas by reservation only
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