This campground features beautiful cliffs along the West Fork of the Gila River.
This campground is a great place to stop on the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (15 miles north). Overnight camping is allowed in the upper portion of Forks; however, the lower portion of the Forks Recreation Site along the West Fork of the Gila River is day use only.
At a Glance
|Reservations:||First come - first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.|
|Area Amenities:||Tent camping,Toilets|
|Restrictions:||Horses are prohibited in the campground, but there are corrals nearby at TJ Corral or Woody's Corral.
OHVs and ATVs prohibited in the campground
All firearm use, including hunting, is prohibited in the campground.
Dogs on leash only.
|Closest Towns:||Mimbres, NM (1 hour drive)
Silver City, NM (2 hour drive)
|Information Center:||Wilderness Ranger District
The Forks Campground is located approximately 40 miles north of Silver City on the east side of New Mexico Highway 15, just north of mile marker 38, and is located approximately 5 miles south of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Doc Campbell's General Store is about 4 miles south. Phones are available here. They also have gas, sell hunting and fishing licenses, and sell grocery items. Hot springs showers are available for a fee.
Tent Camping Notes
The ground is sandy. Please pack out trash and help keep the area beautiful.
Steep road into lower section of recreation site. RV's are not recommended in this area.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Seven sites. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
|No. of Sites||7|
|Reservation info:||Sites allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.|
Short hikes along the river.
Clinton P. Anderson Scenic Overlook is within 10 miles of the Gila Wilderness.
|Tent camping:||Dispersed camping (7 sites)|
|Toilets:||Vault toilet (3) - No Showers|