Three Rivers Campground

Area Status: Open

This rustic style campground has 12 sites set at the base of southern New Mexico's tallest mountain. A portion of the site is designed for Group Camping.  Three Rivers is a great place to go to get away from the crowds and is located at a much lower elevation than our other campgrounds (around 5000').  From here you can access the Three Rivers trailhead (T44) into the White Mountain Wilderness is located. 

Access to the site and the roads throughout the site are all well-maintained dirt roads.  Don't miss the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site on the way in or out.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $15 per night. $6 per night for each additional vehicle, 2 vehicles max.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days - RVs limited to 25' length
Closest Towns: Ruidoso, NM
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From US 54, 24 miles south of Carrizozo or 18 miles north of Tularosa, turn east onto Forest Road 579 at the sign that says Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Campground for 13 miles (the last 7 miles are unpaved). The road is well marked to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 12 single site(s), 2 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Day Hiking

Horse Riding


Smokey Bear Ranger District picnic area.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Camping trailer: 25' limit, 12 sites
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes, 12 sites
Parking: Horse corrals on site
Toilets: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: nightly fee
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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