Available Camping on the Gila National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Silver City, NM. July 11, 2021. Are you thinking about going camping on the Gila National Forest, but don’t know where to go? Or maybe your favorite place to go is closed or full?
There is a wildland fire on the Wilderness Ranger District (RD) which has necessitated the closure of several sites – Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds and the Celebration/Skates Canyon sites. Both sites are being used for either the Incident Command Post (aka ICP) or for fire personnel to camp in while taking down time between shifts on the fire. That leaves Forks, Grapevine, Mesa, Sapillo, and Upper End for camping on the Wilderness RD. These campsites are very popular and will fill up quickly. Other options on the Wilderness RD include Black Canyon (Upper & Lower) and Rocky Canyon Campgrounds.
Some options across the forest are as follows:
· Silver City RD:
o NM Highway 15 corridor: Cherry Creek and McMillan Campgrounds
o NM Highway 152 corridor: Iron Creek, Railroad Canyon, and Upper Gallinas Campgrounds
· Glenwood RD:
o US Hwy 180 Corridor: Bighorn, Cottonwood Canyon, Cosmic, and Pueblo Park
· Reserve RD:
o Aeroplane Mesa, Apache Creek, Ben Lilley, Dipping Vat, and Willow Creek Campgrounds
· Quemado RD:
o Armijo Springs, El Caso I-IV, Head of the Ditch, Piñon, Juniper, and Valle Tio Vinces Campgrounds.
· Black Range RD:
o Kingston Campground and Wolf Hollow Campground (no campfires allowed).
Remember that the Gila NF is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire restrictions for the Gila NF include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas and must be in a Forest Service provided metal grill or metal fire pits. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of pressurized, petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or three-foot area cleared of all flammable materials. Fireworks, explosives, and incendiary devices are always prohibited on National Forest System lands. To view Forest Order 03-06-00-21-014: Gila National Forest Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please go to Alerts & Notices.
The Gila NF is 3.3 million acres and you can still disperse camp without a campfire. For more information on camping corridors, click on Motor Vehicle Use Maps.
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Gila National Forest
3005 E Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061
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