Forks Campground

Area Status: Open
Open Area Camping at The Forks Campground

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.

A sand bar in the river next to the Forks Campground Open Area Camping at The Forks Campground

At a Glance

Reservations:  First come - first serve. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Toilets
Fees: No fee.
Usage: Light
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)
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
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.

Vehicle Notes
Steep road into lower section of recreation site. RV's are not recommended in this area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Seven sites. All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.

No. of Sites 7
Status: Open
Reservation info: Sites allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Day Hiking

Short hikes along the river.


Status: Open

Viewing Scenery

Clinton P. Anderson Scenic Overlook is within 10 miles of the Gila Wilderness.

Status: Open


Tent camping: Dispersed camping (7 sites)
Toilets: Vault toilet (3) - No Showers

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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