Apache Creek Campground, Reserve, NM

Reserve Ranger District

Gila National Forest

Free Camping Near Reserve, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Gila National Forest. While the Forest Service describes this as a dispersed camping area, there are at least ten sites with picnic tables and fire rings, and three of these sites have shade structures. There are perhaps five more previously-used campsites with no amenities.

Authority

Reserve Ranger District

Gila National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 533-6231

Particulars

GPS: 33.8281, -108.6247

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilet

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Camping at Apache Creek Campground

This is a well-shaded campground amongst Ponderosa pines and abundant wildlife. Entrance to Apache Creek Campground is located directly across the highway from Apache Creek Store on the corner of Highways 12 and 32. You cross over a bridge before entering the campground.

The town of Reserve is located 12.5 miles to the south along Highway 12 where you can find basic shopping, dining, and fuel. About a mile away is “Walk in the Past Trailhead” which leads to petroglyphs.

The road inside Apache Creek Campground is firm packed dirt, suitable for any vehicle, including 2WD. The sites are large, able to accommodate full-sized RVs. This is a popular campground during the summer, and expect to find it full on weekends.

Because there is a small creek nearby, mosquitoes are big problem here. Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent.

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