Black Canyon Campground – Lower, Mimbres, NM

Wilderness Ranger District

Gila National Forest

Free Camping Near Mimbres, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Gila National Forest. It has three picnic tables, though vehicles with tents could pick out nearby locations if all sites are full. The road up here is rocky and bumpy requiring a high-clearance vehicle, though 4WD is not necessary except during rainy weather.


Wilderness Ranger District

Gila National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 536-2250


GPS: 33.1841, -108.0353

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, porta-potty

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Camping at Black Canyon Campground – Lower

Located in a remote area of forest approximately 30 miles from the Wilderness Ranger District office. This campground is accessible from FR 150, and driving approximately .5 miles from the road, across the stream. You will enter an area with a newer vault toilet and a beautiful meadow next to the stream.

Not many people camp here, and it appears the Forest Service does not maintain this campground frequently enough due to vegetation growth through the three campsites. But this is about as secluded as you can get from a developed campground in this ranger district.

This campground does offer a bit more room than Black Canyon Campground – Upper, and you could find enough space to fit a small to medium-sized trailer. However, the road up here does not allow a trailer due to the rocks, bumps, and dips, unless your trailer is built for this kind of abuse.

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