Grapevine Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Entrance to Grapevine

This campground is on the banks of the Gila River and has beautiful cliffs serving as a natural backdrop.

The Grapevine Campground is named for an actual old grapevine that can be seen today. Today there is a large chain around it to protect it. The East and West forks of the Gila River come together adjacent to this campground, forming the mainstem of the Gila River.

Entrance to Grapevine

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Potential flooding damage following the Black Fire and 2023 monsoon season.
Reservations: First-come first-serve. All Gila National Forest Campgrounds have 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Toilets
Fees: There is no fee for this campground ($0.00).
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit.
Hunting is prohibited.
Firearms are prohibited.
ATVs and Horses are prohibited in the campground.
Dogs on leash only.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM  (1 hour drive)
Silver City, NM  (2 hour drive)
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information

General Notes:

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

RV Camping Notes
Long vehicles are cautioned of the steep downgrade road into campground.


The campground is located 40 miles north of Silver City on the east side of New Mexico Highway 15 between mile markers 37 and 38.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This campground provides sandy ground for dispersed camping.

No. of Sites 20
Status: Open

River and Stream Fishing

The Grapevine area is easy to find and easy to fish for people of all ages. Access to the East and West forks of the Gila River does not require a long hike and no river crossings are required.

From New Mexico Highway 15, follow signage for Grapevine Forest Camp and Gila River Trail No. 724. Parking is provided adjacent to the confluence of the Gila and East Fork Gila rivers.

From the parking area, good fishing exists along the East Fork and along the mainstem of the Gila River. The confluence of the two rivers offers a good spot or you can follow the East Fork up to 0.5 mile upstream before the river enters private property, fishing along the way. On the mainstem Gila River, there is a large pool across the river from the parking area and additional pools downstream. Trail 724 crosses under the highway bridge and follows the Gila River downstream into the Gila Wilderness.

Sport fish in these river segments include Gila trout, brown trout small mouth bass, and catfish. There are several species of native, non-sport fish here such as chubs and suckers - please return them to the stream if caught. Check with New Mexico Game and Fish at Weekly Fishing & Stocking Report - New Mexico Department of Game & Fish ( for regulations, fish stocking reports, and fishing reports.

Day Hiking

There are some good hiking opportunities in the area.

Status: Open


 The trailhead for the Gila River-Trail #724 is located just north of Grapevine Campground.

Horse Riding

No horses are allowed in campground. Horses can be kept nearby at TJ Corral or Woody's Corral closer to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Status: Open


Tent camping: 20 dispersed sites
Toilets: Vault toilet (2) - No Showers

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,554 Feet