Ben Lilly Campground

Area Status: Open

This campground is an ideal area to escape the summer heat.

At a Glance

Reservations: First-come/first-serve. All Gila National Forest Campgrounds have 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: There is no fee for this campground.
Usage: Light-Medium
  • There is a 14 day stay limit.
  • OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
  • Hunting is prohibited in the campground.
Closest Towns: Reserve, NM
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Reserve Ranger District
Phone: (575) 533-6231

General Information

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Reserve is the closest town with all amenities. The campground at Snow Lake is the closest place to get potable water. There is no trash service, so you must pack out your garbage. Night temperatures may drop suddenly.  Please be properly equipped.



Access the campground from Reserve due to the Bear Fire and flooding of 2006. Use FR 119 and FR 153 to access Willow Creek from Reserve.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are five developed sites each equipped with a fire ring.

No. of Sites 5
No. of Accessible sites 5
Status: Open
Open Season: May-November

River and Stream Fishing

NM Game and Fish stocks Willow Creek with trout two to three times a year. Information on fishing licenses can be procured from NM Game & Fish

Status: Unknown
Permit: Please check with New Mexico Game and Fish for permit information and open dates.

Day Hiking

There are some nice hiking opportunities here.

Status: Open

Viewing Wildlife

This area is home to many bird species and diverse wildlife, including elk, deer and turkey.

Status: Open


Picnic tables: 5 Tables
Tent camping: 5 Sites
Toilets: Vault toilets
Accessible: 5 Sites

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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8,012 Feet