South Fork Campground


Southfork Campground Map

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

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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. Fishing can be found nearby at Bonito Lake. Access to the White Mountain Wilderness Area can be found immediately at the south end of 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

Operational Hours: Around the clock 
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


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.


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


Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Yes
Drinking water Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking Yes
Fee charged for some activities Yes
Tent camping Yes, with designated tent area
Accessible Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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Trail Matrix - D1 Image

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Trail Matrix - D2 Image

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Trail Matrix - D3 Image

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