Apache Creek Campground

Area Status: Open

This is a nice quiet undeveloped campground amongst ponderosa pines and abundant wildlife.

Apache Creek Campground is in the northwest region of the forest. There are plenty of trees to provide shade and this is a very clean campground.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are necessary. First come, first served. 14 day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Toilets
Fees: There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Usage: Light-Medium
  • There is a 14 day stay limit. 
  • OHVs and ATVs prohibited in the campground.
  • Saddle, pack, and draft animals prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Reserve, NM
Water: No water available. It is advisable to carry your own.
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Reserve Ranger District
Phone: (575) 533-6231

General Information


Apache Creek Campground is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Reserve on the south side of New Mexico Highway 12.  Just past mile marker 19, turn south onto Forest Road 94 (Cox Canyon Rd.).  Apache Creek Campground is located on the right side of the road.

General Notes:

Closest Stores

There is a small store on Hwy 12 about 500 yards away.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are 10 sites.  Please keep the campground clean and pack out what you pack in.

No. of Sites 10 sites with picnic tables and grills.
Reservation Info First come/first served. All Gila NF have a 14 day stay limit.
Status: Open
Reservation info: First come, first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14 day stay limit.

RV Camping

This is a good spot for those with RVs and travel trailers.  There are no hookups, but plenty of room. There is room for RVs under 40'.

Status: Open

Day Hiking

Trail #16 - Apache Creek Interpretive Trail is located nearby. Travel roughly 0.5 mile southeast on FR 94 taking the first left past the Apache Creek Campground onto Forest Road 4033 R. The trailhead head is located roughly 0.2 mile east on 4033 R on the north side of the road. Trail #16 is an easy one mile loop hike.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

This is a popular destination for birdwatchers.  There are many different species and the tall mature ponderosa pines provide a good habitat for the birds.  There are also elk in the area.

Status: Open


There are some great rockhounding opportunities here.  Rockhounders have reported finding Agate, Banded Agate, Bloodstone, Bytownite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Crystaline, Fire Agate, Geodes, Golden Luna Agate, Halite, Hematite, Hypersthene, Jasper, Labrodorite, Lava's, Luna Blue Agate, Obsidian, Perlite, Plume Agate, Quartz Crystals, Spotted Agate, and Thunder Eggs to name a few.

Status: Open


Camping trailer: Self contained. Max size is 40'
Tent camping: Dispersed camping
Toilets: Vault toilet

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,431 Feet