Mesa Campground

Area Status: Open
A family tent site at Lake Roberts

Mesa campground provides a nice view of Lake Roberts. If you are looking for a lakeside retreat within easy driving distance of historic Silver City, then come and enjoy the beauty of the Gila National Forest at this campground.

Mesa Campground is nestled in the juniper and pinon trees on the mesa above Lake Roberts.  The campground has sites along the bluff with great views of the lake below. Migrating birds in the campground and waterfowl on the lake make this a great place to go birding.


A camping trailer enjoys early spring camping at Mesa Campground. The Northern Shoveler is just one of hundreds of waterfowl at Lake Roberts in winter and spring. A campsite along the bluff over looking the Lake Roberts. Campsites in the trees make a lovely setting. A nice campsite overlooking Lake Roberts.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come first serve.  All Gila NF campgrounds have a 14-day stay limit.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Site fees at Mesa Campground will increase on May 24, 2024, to $25.00 per night fee for sites with electric and hook-ups; $15 per day for single sites without hook-ups, or $16 for double sites without hookups.
Open Season: March 18
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only.  Fires permitted only in fire rings provided.
Closest Towns: Mimbres, NM
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush
Passes: "America the Beautiful" Interagency Senior and Access Passes are accepted for 1/2 price camping.
Operated By: FS host on duty
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information

General Notes:

 There are grills, picnic tables, garbage facilities and heated restrooms with flush toilets. 12 of the sites have water and electric hookups.


There is a limit of two vehicles per campsite.


Located on NM Hwy 35, approximately 21 miles northwest of Mimbres, NM.


Two accessible sites.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are 24 tent sites available on a first come first served basis. All Gila National Forest Campgrounds have 14-day stay limit.

No. of Sites 24 sites
Reservation Info No reservations - all sites available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible sites Two sites have improvements for people with disabilities.
Status: Open
Fees: There is fee of $15 per day for sites with electricity and hookups. All other sites are $10 per day.

RV Camping

There are 12 RV sites with water and electricity available on a first come, first serve basis.  All Gila National Forest Campgrounds have 14-day stay limit. Maximum RV size is 32'; there are only two sites that can accommodate a 40' RV.

Status: Open
Fees: There is fee of $15 per day for sites with electricity and hookups. All other sites are $10 per day.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Roberts provides fishing opportunites, and is located approximately two miles away.  All persons who chose to fish must be in possession of a New Mexico fishing license. More information on fishing licenses and regulations can be found at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Day Hiking

Nearby trails leads down to Lake Roberts. Other trails are within short driving distance.


Camping trailer: 12 Sites have hookups. Max RV is 40'
Picnic tables: Tables at each site
Tent camping: 24 camping sites
Parking: Only 2 cars per campsite allowed
Toilets: Flush Toilets - No Showers
Fee charged for some activities: $25 per day for sites with electricity and hookups, $15 for single sites without hookups, or $16 for double sites without hookups
Accessible: 2 Sites
Boat ramp: Nearby at Lake Roberts
Drinking water: Drinking water is available

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6,150 ft