South Fork Campground

 

Southfork Campground Map

A map of the general area showing loops and facilities at Southfork Campground.


Area Status: Closed

South Fork is one of the most popular camping sites on the Smokey Bear Ranger District. It has 53 sites with a stay limit of 14 days. Trail access to the White Mountain Wilderness leaves from the campground via the South Fork Trail (T19).  The early portion of this trail is moderately easy with the higher portions being difficult. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opens May 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $10 per night. 35' RV limit.
Operational Hours: 24/7
Reservations: No reservations. First come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $10 per night. $10 per night for each additional vehicle.
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days - RVs limited to 35' length 
Closest Towns: Ruidoso, NM 
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (6)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

Follow NM 48, 9 miles north from Ruidoso; turn west (left) and follow NM 37 for 1-1/2 miles, turn southwest (left) on Forest Road 107 (County Road C-009), continue for 5 miles. Pass Bonito Lake, turn left continuing straight for about 1 mile.


Parking:

There are two distinct parking areas at Southfork Campground.  One for the tent only camping area and one specifically for the Southfork Trailhead and access to this trail.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 60 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 2 of 60

Day Hiking

 

The South Fork Trailhead (T19) is located at the campground site and offers a quick day hike to more advanced backpack hiking throughout the White Mountain Wilderness Area.  Only pedestrian and pack/saddle animals allowed on this trail.

Backpacking

The South Fork Trailhead (T19) is located at the campground site and offers a quick day hike to more advanced backpack hiking throughout the White Mountain Wilderness Area.  Only pedestrian and pack/saddle animals allowed on this trail.

Picnicking

Amenities

Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes, with designated tent area
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.449082

  Longitude : 
-105.75324

  Elevation : 
7500