Gallinas Campground - Upper

Area Status: Open

Upper Gallinas Campground provides easy access to New Mexico Hwy 152 and is nicely developed.

It is located on NM State Hwy 152, approximately 37 miles east of Silver City. The site is easily accessed by most vehicles, in most weather conditions. The parking lot and picnic sites are lined with gravel, making this the perfect choice for visitors wanting to experience the outdoors without sacrificing comfort.

At a Glance

Reservations:  First come, first serve. All Gila National Forest campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: There is no fee ($0.00) for this campground.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 14-day stay limit.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting and shooting are prohibited.
Stock is allowed in the immediate campground
Closest Towns: Mimbres, New Mexico
Water: No potable water
Restroom: 1 Vault Toilet
Information Center: Silver City Ranger District
Phone: (575) 388-8201

General Information

General Notes:

Day use and foot traffic are welcome. The upper portions of this watershed were severely burned during the Silver Fire in 2013.  Although this area is healing, flooding could occur.

There is a corral near the campground for stock. The campground is situated fairly close to the highway. Visitors can expect to hear traffic.

Closest Stores:
A few general stores are located in the Mimbres Valley, approximately 17 miles west of the campground along NM State Hwy 152. Food, phone, and gasoline are available.


The campground is located approximately 37 miles east of Silver City, along NM Hwy 152. Located on north side of road. Easily identified by posted signs.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Campground Camping

There are 3 developed sites.  Camping during busy weekends can be a little cramped in this area. Visitors can expect other campers nearby.

No. of Sites 3
Status: Open

RV Camping

This is a great place for RVs due to its ease of access and graveled parking lot. Wide turn-around areas make it easy to maneuver.  There are no hookups.

Status: Open

Day Hiking

The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (trail no. 128) is located approximately three miles east of Lower Gallinas. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult


The Railroad Canyon Trailhead (trail #128) is located approximately three miles east of Lower Gallinas. Trails from this location lead up into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

Horses are permitted but there are no horse facilities at this campground.

Status: Open

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife abounds in this area of the Black Range. Visitors have the chance to see deer, elk, black bear, and many different species of birds.

Status: Open

Viewing Scenery

Emory Pass Scenic Vista is located approximately 12 miles east of the campground and affords the visitor dramatic views of the middle Rio Grande Valley.

Status: Open


Camping trailer: Over 24 feet not recommended
Picnic tables: 3
Tent camping: 3
Parking: Two pull-thru areas
Toilets: 1
Accessible: Three metal campfire rings

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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