Area Status: Open

Upper Scorpion Campground are the nearest campgrounds to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

The Gila River runs nearby the campgrounds and is home to an abundance of wildlife.  This is a good campground for tent and car camping.  This campground is not conducive to RV camping.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come - first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit at this campgound.
OHV/ATV use is prohibited.
Hunting and target shooting are prohibited.
Dogs on leash only.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM (1 hour drive)
Silver City, NM (2 hour drive)
Water: None - Water is available at the Visitor Center and the Cliff Dwellings
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information

General Notes:

The Gila River is within walking distance.

Closest Stores:
Doc Campbell's General Store is about 4 miles south. Phones are available there. They also have gas, groceries and sell hunting & fishing licenses. Hot springs showers are available for a fee.


There is a paved parking area.


Located on NM Hwy 15; 1/4 mile from Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are 10 developed sites available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Camping gear must be carried from parking lot to campsite.

No. of Sites 10
Fire Information Each site has a fire ring/grill.
No. of Accessible sites 0
Status: Open

Day Hiking

Many hiking opportunities are available near the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Horse Riding

There are no horse facilities in the campground, however, TJ Corral & Woody's Corral are located nearby with plenty of space for horse trailers.

Status: Open


Camping trailer: Paved parking area
Picnic tables: Each site
Tent camping: 10 developed sites
Parking: Paved area
Toilets: Vault toilet
Drinking water: Potable water

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,712 Feet